I thought I’d gotten pretty much off this topic, but haikuists keep posting such brilliantly-relevant thoughts, that I feel compelled to keep sharing them. You can check out the Haiku Society of America’s Facebook page to read more.
As Don Baird tells us, we must observe things around us, so that we see haiku around us. Jim Sullivan hits upon the fact that haikuists go about their lives in a humble way with compassion for those around them.
As Linda Papanicolaou reminds us, haiku is not me-centered. Haiku is something that, when written well, everyone perceives as a universal thought. And, Alison Williams reminds us that we must feel haiku, not so much intellectualize it.
Please read their thoughts and more below:
I write haiku to grow into a wiser man, to learn humility and patience, and to relish every day.
I write haiku because they’re there.
I write haiku to get out of me-me-me mode.
I write haiku because I need the discipline haiku demand.
I have a terrible time trying to write haiku… the ones that come to me, clear as a bell in an instant of understanding, are the only ones that ever have any resonance. It’s usually when I’ve been forced out of my usual routine and into a period of reflection that they come.
For me it’s a way of earthing or grounding myself. If I’m not careful, I live too much in my head. I need to return to haiku like you return to the breath.
To write haiku, one has to live haiku – period.
I am a student, not yet a haikuist. It’s good for me to learn to be brief and precise. To find the most powerful word, not the most words.
I can’t answer why I write haiku, because I don’t know if I do. Though haiku do come to me, when I have the mindfulness to stop and recognize a wonderful fact. I simply remain aware. It’s as if my pencil writes something for me. I see a little further along the trail when I go beachcombing in my notebooks.
If those of you who read these thoughts aren’t yet convinced to start writing some haiku, I don’t know what will convince you. Haiku is simply beautiful. At least read it, if you don’t feel quite ready to write it.
Copyright 2011 by Charlotte Digregorio.