One thing we all have in common, is that we feel we lack time to do everything we’d like to do. We are especially mindful of this as we get older. Before we embark on anything new, we often ask ourselves, “is it relevant and how will it help me?” And, we wonder about the time commitment.
Yesterday, I was at an art presentation, and I saw someone who recently took one of my library presentations on haiku. I asked her if she had started writing haiku yet. She said she hadn’t, but she had checked my book out from the library–Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. I was glad for that, as at least she followed up after attending my workshop.
If someone wants to know what the purpose is of writing haiku and senryu, I would respond quite simply: Finding healing and peace in life, is the essence of life, and haiku and senryu help us achieve this.
I am not saying that other forms of poetry or other forms of creativity don’t do this for us, too. They do. But haiku and senryu are one more avenue for us to do this. And, because of their brevity, they are probably more easily done than sitting down and writing a novel or short story or painting a self-portrait or a peaceful landscape.
Some of the best haiku and senryu I’ve ever written, that have helped me heal and find peace, arose from my getting a thought while I was busy doing something else. I quickly wrote the thought down on a notepad. I came back to that thought on many occasions, when I had the time, and finally revised it into a poem.
Haiku and senryu can turn into a lifetime pursuit and investment for you, but it is one that you do at your own pace. That is, it can be a relatively small investment of time, with a large payback: healing and peace.
Copyright 2018 by Charlotte Digregorio.