My first authentic exposure to Haiku was last summer at the Omega Institute.
I knew Kerouac wrote haiku (via Ginsberg and Snyder), and I was immediately attracted to the idea of expressing myself as fully as possible in three short lines (traditionally 17 syllables). The idea seemed so Zen, and a major shift from my prose style writing which in comparison resembled the “Odyssey.” The exercise of writing haiku is so centering and relaxing that I’ve made it a key element of my writing routine. “Every Wednesday I Write Haiku” is also the title of my recently published haibun appearing on-line in “Haibun Today.” Writing haiku is an ever present reminder to reduce, reduce, reduce! Write less, say more!
the rusty bell
like an old friend