Winter can get awfully depressing. For a certain period of time after the holidays, there is a feeling of letdown. Maybe you had an active holiday season with family and friends hanging around. Regardless, now, it’s back to the grind.
Yes, winter can be gray and ugly. But, there are also moments of beauty in it. In reading and writing haiku, we can capture the beautiful moments of winter in our lives. In my new how-to book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, I include some of my own published haiku in the appendices. The two below bring out winter’s beauty:
on my old sled
walking by sun
along the frozen lake
i melt into winter
So, there is beauty in every season, but you have to stop, pause, and notice it. Have you taken a brisk walk outside? Or, if you’re often lazy in winter, as I often am, just look out your front window. Look at the world like a child in amazement. Overlook nothing. Find haiku in the moment.
Sure, I’d rather be looking at the pastels of spring, but I can see color in winter beyond the shades of gray and white, if I look closely. And, as a haikuist, I need not take the attitude that winter is a hardship to get through for the next frigid months. I can use my winter months of leisure to sit down and arrange my thoughts and write haiku or at least pick up a haiku journal to read others’ thoughts and poems.
Get into the haiku habit. Read my other posts on haiku and senryu (the latter, haiku about human nature that is often humorous) for the basics. In my posts, I dispel the myths and misconceptions that many have of haiku and senryu.
P.S. And, do me a favor: the plural of haiku is “haiku,” just like the singular. Don’t make me cringe by saying “haikus,” as Jack Kerouac did.
Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.