It is always okay to present yourself with a challenge. This season, I have been challenging myself with Haiku. Something that seems so simple to make, but has multiple interpretations, elements of surprise, and takes time and meditation to create.
I will say right now, that haiku for me can be difficult but it doesn’t have to be. As a storyteller and free verse poet, it does present its problems because Haiku only takes a the briefest snapshot of life and you must present it well enough for it to make an impact on reading.
For example, here is one I worked on recently…
Hurried turquoise kites…
Slaps bargain hats
It appears the haiku is not making sense but if you can visualize whats happening, you can see that it must be a windy Spring day and people are flying kites everywhere while a strong gust of wind blows men’s hats off. Pretty simple, right?
But what is the emotion you get? Does it trigger a memory? A future? Either way it seems the message is folks are gathered together in the strongest winds, fighting nature and enjoying it at the same time.
This is what I have so far. Stay tuned for more on my challenges with haiku, a little background on its origins and some masters of the haiku we can all learn from.