I have been ghostwriting all day, one of my regular writing projects. I work regular business hours and beyond.
My mind is weary and it is wandering, so I am taking a break. I remember when I lived on the coast, I would walk a couple of miles each day on the sand. One day before my walk, I recycled a bottle by putting one of my published haiku in it with my name. During my walk, I threw it in the ocean. I don’t know if anyone ever found it, and every once in a great while, I think about it. Did it land in some far-flung place? Did the recipient know English?
in twenty years . . .
one time left to see her
Haiku and senryu, like all poems, should allow the reader to experience an emotion. Finding a poem can sometimes be a mystical experience. At least, we hope that our poems will bring insight to others.
If you travel to the coast, you might want to put one of your poems in a bottle and hope that it is somehow found, bringing some insight to another person.
Or, if you still do snail-mail and send cards and letters, you might include one of your haiku when you write to a friend. I even know a person who dropped haiku into envelopes when mailing bills. While we don’t know if the latter would reach an effective audience, it would really be something if the person receiving it, took a few moments from their job to read and ponder it. Or even shared it!
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.