Those 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 . . .
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.