A New Journey
Initially when it was suggested by my advisor to take Global Haiku, I was reluctant. I have never been very interested in poetry of any kind. But upon taking Dr. Brooks class I have realized that the world of Haiku is a very interesting place. The first thing I learned while writing/reading haiku is that it only takes 1 person to love your writing to make it good. Something else I learned is that you get inspired in the strangest places/times. Several of the haiku that I wrote were conceived in the early morning hours during my drive to work. For some reason, when I was the most tired was when I was the most creative. Some mornings I would spend the entire time driving with my knees and writing what inspired me. One such creation:
cut off in traffic
one finger wave
I’m sure you can figure out the meaning behind that one. Another thing I realized when writing haiku was that there are very few boundaries and guidelines that have to be followed. I have found that there are all different types of haiku out there. I find the one’s dealing with seduction and sensuality to be the most interesting, but I also enjoy reading one’s that deal with emotional bonding situations such as:
mother and daughter—
Writing haiku is a challenging activity, to say the least. But the reward far outweighs the headache and struggle, when something you’ve written is admired by your peers. I learned that by allowing myself to take a chance and learn something new like writing haiku, I have not only experienced something that I never could have imagined, but that I have allowed myself to see some of life’s simple things and looked deeper within to find something there that I may not have seen before.
Overall, this has been an eye opening experience. As I venture into my new career, I hope to be able to someday pass on the knowledge I’ve learned writing/reading haiku to young students. I really feel it is a way to open up your mind and express yourself like nothing else can. I would like to thank Dr. Randy Brooks for sharing his experience and superb subject knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories and heartfelt passion he shared. It made this ride an enjoyable one. I would also like to thank my wife and daughters who were my inspiration in a few of the haiku I wrote.