I look forward to running The Daily Haiku each morning and to have several hundred poets from twenty-five countries participate. Posting a haiku or senryu each day puts me in the frame of mind to notice the telling moments of my day. It’s a good way to start off. And, I have learned from each talented poet who has contributed.
As I’ve often said in my blog posts, if you want to learn how to write a poetic form or any genre and perfect your skills at it, you must read, read, read quality pieces in that particular genre.
From what readers tell me, many didn’t know the specific form of haiku and senryu until they began reading The Daily Haiku on a regular basis. They said they were writing them incorrectly. It is gratifying when you realize that a regular feature is benefitting your readers and is helping them do better at what they’d like to learn. But The Daily Haiku serves other purposes, too. It showcases previously-published poems that should be read again, and enlightens readers about life. Some readers simply want to appreciate good writing that helps them along in life’s trying times.
This Thanksgiving, besides being thankful for my decades as a thriving author, I am also thankful for all who have influenced me along the way. I have been blessed to receive inspiration from so many of you.
During the holiday season, pay attention to special and ordinary moments that may lead you to write an inspirational haiku or senryu. You never know who will read your haiku or senryu moment and receive a valuable revelation from it. No matter who you are and what you do, there is time in your day to recognize a haiku moment.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy your holiday, and don’t forget to spend some quiet moments of reflection.
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.