Haiku in the Making
When I came into this class (Global Haiku), all I really knew was that haiku was a form of ancient poetry and one of my favorite perfumes. Now I have a deeper appreciation for the perfume. Really, I taking this class has helped me to stop again and notice more of what I noticed years ago with the untarnished innocence of a child. Whether a haiku shows a moment or a taste of nature, it is good to stop and smell the roses. In our busy adult lives, especially those of us who are going back to school, this class is a very welcome detour off the mundane path we sometimes fall onto.
My goal is to pursue reading and writing haiku. From the moment I read the first tiny poem in Dr. Brooks' Mayfly magazine, I knew I was simply captured. My approach, as limited as it may be, is more geared to senryu, or the comical side of haiku. While my own writing may be more dramatic and somber, this is what I came to love. As an aspiring medical student, let me share my favorite George Swede senryu:
a cobweb in the pelvis
of the skeleton
George Swede, Almost Unseen, page 32
Sometimes the students here could relate, or at least our spouses. Good luck! I hope you enjoy haiku as much as I do!