No matter what stage in our lives we find ourselves in, haiku and senryu help us keep everything in perspective. Divorce, illness, addictions, job problems, death of a loved one? These are just a few of the common things that can bring us down.
Haiku and senryu can give us solace or even make us chuckle, hearing from others who are experiencing or have experienced what we are feeling. We realize that we are not alone.
Many of us have discovered haiku and senryu in trying times when we needed them the most.
Don’t miss a day of The Daily Haiku on this blog, and look through the archives for more poems. You can find a poem for practically any time or moment you’ve experienced in your life. Often, we get caught up in analyzing too much, rather than moving forward and focusing on the bigger picture. While problems can be major and we feel there is no way out, haiku and senryu can often allow us to focus on something positive or doable to help us a bit.
When we go through unspeakable times, reading or writing haiku allows us to hope or to share. The power of words can even change the world and bring us peace.
Lately, when I have had some leisure time, I have been reading haiku and senryu for escape and armchair adventure into nature. I can’t go on a trip today, but my mind can.
One of the greatest gifts you can receive in life is the gift of poetry. It offers us possibilities. You may not have time to sit down and read a novel or a play or a short story, but in just a few moments, you can find some relief through haiku and senryu. And by learning to write them effectively with literary technique, the power of your ideas can change people’s lives.
Celebrate the international art forms of haiku and senryu, and attempt to master them. A few short words can change your life and the way you look at things. And, if you get the chance, read my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.