Perhaps the idea of haiku being utilised as a prayer (as some suggest) is well possible, if that is the intent.
However, there seems a more compelling case for haiku to be understood more as a magic spell than a prayer (or even poetry). More precisely, not a full spell, though. Rather, half a magic spell.
What is meant by 'half a magic spell'?
The explanation goes like this:
In order to enjoy a little haiku movie; conjured, called fourth, or evoked by the words (the 'spell') of a haiku, we need, of course, to engage with the inner vision enshrined in, or accessed through, each haiku's verbal. However, it is suggested that we may enter the haiku's inner diorama and, if we so choose and are bold, wander about in it - aimlessly, or with purpose.
In essence -it is whispered- we can do an 'inner journey', or 'pathworking', with all that this implies. (Other uses may be left to the reader's muses and their discretion.)
So, at this stage of the game we have now entered the movie and are gone into a magic spell's universe- not the 'halfway only' invitation, which is simply to contemplate a little haiku movie. The standard haiku trip has now morphed into a whole other kettle of tadpoles.
Maybe we could call this, somewhat startling, notion: 'The Hidden Secret Of Haiku'.
I quite like this idea, at least in principal, and it does seem to have its own meta-logic to it, don't you agree?
Anyway, why not do a test drive and 'see' if it works? (But, for God's sake, don't eat any fairy food - you might not return for a year and a day!) . . .
a fog jumps in
the sound of water
-This topic follows through from a previous one (enantiodromia): http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/forum_sm/religio/haiku-as-prayer/