I must admit, I am at least somewhat glad the holidays are over. I can get back to my old routine, now. But, because I’m starting a new year, I can start with a fresh perspective on my routine. I can also discover new things, too.
Haiku and senryu have become a part of my life. It is gratifying capturing my life’s moments through these two forms. I don’t plan on changing this activity. Reading and writing haiku and senryu can be gratifying for you, too, whether or not you consider yourself a poet.
In this new year, determine where you’d like to go with your life, personally and creatively, if the latter is your goal. Find peace by keeping problems in proportion. I wrote this senryu, (human nature haiku that is often humorous), years ago:
walking through the zoo . . .
i keep my problems
It is one of the poems I include in the appendix of my new how-to guide, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Writing haiku and senryu are such a healing activity, as we capture the moments of our lives, whether happy or sad. Once we write down our moments, they aren’t so daunting to us after all. With haiku and senryu, I look at where I’ve been in life, often in a humorous light.
Here is another poem I’ve published:
the bonsai . . .
my knotty life
Find peace, by chuckling about where you are in life. Haiku and senryu allow you to do this.
Search for good haiku websites online. I’ve written posts on haiku and senryu on this site that will instruct you. Also, I can direct you to: speedbumpjournal.wordpress.com, which is a new and great haiku site. It contains poems and helpful essays. Incidentally, in its inaugural issue, published a few days ago, the editor reviewed my book!
If you find you are serious about haiku, join the Haiku Society of America, http://www.hsa-haiku.org. And, check out all the contests it offers, too. As the Second Vice President of the HSA, I am in charge of coordinating the contests, and we offer many.
As usual, I will be giving many haiku presentations throughout the year. April is National Poetry Month, and I will be speaking at the Deerfield Public Library in Deerfield, Illinois on Saturday, April 11. On Tuesday, April 14, I will be presenting at The New Studio in Evanston, Illinois. Saturday, April 25, I will be speaking at the North Carolina Haiku Society’s Haiku Holiday Weekend in Chapel Hill. I simply can’t get enough of haiku. I live and breathe it! I’ve been promoting the genre for six years through my volunteer work as an officer of the HSA.
Whatever stage you are in your life, you can find meaning and purpose through reading and even writing haiku and senryu.
May you have a peaceful new year with insight and discovery, and may you always find the courage to pursue your life to the fullest.
Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.