Ha

Glyph of the word 'ha'. and Glyph of the word 'ha'.

ha

  • (syl.) glyph for the syllable ha in the Kamakawi syllabary
  • (let.) name of the Zhyler alphabet letter h
  • (n.) river
  • (v.) to pass through something, to go through the middle of something, to bisect

Ea, fe’a ha.
“Yes, the river knows.”

Notes: That’s from the chorus of a Doors’ song which bears the same name. The Doors were an incredible band. I feel they’re often overlooked because Jim Morrison kind of has a mystique about him. There are people out there that are way into Jim Morrison in a way that people aren’t into Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger, and I think that’s tarnished Jim’s image, somewhat—and, consequently, that of the Doors. Musically, though, those guys were off the charts. They brought a lot of disparate elements together and melded them into something that to this day sounds new and exciting. Plus, their influence on bands that have come since can’t be overestimated.

Anyway, this iku really looked like a river in the old form of the orthography, and I think it’s transformation into what it is today was quite natural. I love the way the current glyph looks. I used it as a base for some of my favorite iku which I’ll post in the future.

One down, four to go! :D

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