A Reflective Time to Rid Yourselves of Holiday Blues: Write Haiku

Adobe Photoshop PDFThose of you who have read my other posts on haiku know that it is meditative. While many are busy shopping and partying this time of year, take a few minutes out of each day until year’s end to reflect on where you have been in your life during the year and where you are going. Haiku is the perfect way to be meditative.

A few years ago, right before Christmas, I was anticipating the new year while running errands. This haiku resulted, and I reprint it from the appendix of my new book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All:

car wash tunnel . . .

making resolutions

for the new year

And on new year’s eve, a few years ago, I wrote:

new year’s eve . . .

emptying the last

of the garbage

As for the haiku above (actually, a senryu, that is, a human nature haiku) I was obviously very much looking forward to the new year, reflecting on unpleasant events of that current year.

Through the beauty of haiku, you can be reflective in either a serious or humorous way. Many experts write about how holidays are for some, a time of depressed moods with lingering problems or family issues. Haiku is an effective way to work out these holiday blues in your mind. It is such a rewarding, creative exercise, besides.

If you haven’t discovered the joys and mysteries of haiku and senryu, read my past posts on the genre and put your deep thoughts and feelings on paper through evocative images. Haiku and senryu, like other poetry, “shows,” not tells. Through haiku and senryu, you are like a painter who paints a picture for the reader without commentary or sentimentality. Haiku and senryu are subtle, and through their subtlety, are all the more powerful.

Give them a try.

Copyright 2014 by Charlotte Digregorio.


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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4 Responses to A Reflective Time to Rid Yourselves of Holiday Blues: Write Haiku

  1. Mary Mageau says:

    may the peace and joy
    that flows from Christmas
    enfold you and yours

    Love and blessings, Ellen.

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