Shake those Winter Doldrums with Haiku

Adobe Photoshop PDFWinter 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:

pulling her

into sunlight

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.


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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