Lately, I’ve been writing a lot of haikus.
I’ve always enjoyed them–I like the simplicity of the form, the way you can let this small piece of poetry that packs a punch just digest for a moment. I love books of haikus and other short poetry, where you get some blank space to frame that little morsel so that your brain can feast without distraction. A few of my favorite sources for short poetry:
And then there’s writing them. I love the puzzle of trying to express something within the haiku’s parameters, deciding on words, line breaks, and images, without stepping outside the bounds of 5-7-5…unless I really decide that I should.
Since my little one came along, I’ve been writing more haikus (or poetry using haiku stanzas) than ever before. Why? It’s easier to compose haikus than longer works while the baby sleeps in my arms. I type with one hand so that I can avoid moving so much that she wakes up and cries. This is a huge advantage of the haiku. Expect to see more!