My first exposure to the art of Haiku began in November 2005. Prior to taking a Global Haiku class taught by Dr. Randy Brooks, I did not understand, nor particularly like Haiku. Since then, by reading and writing Haiku, I have developed an appreciation for the art.
In addition, I have reawakened an artistic spirit within myself. Now, I slow down a bit more and look at the world around me. Sometimes, I can find a Haiku waiting to be written, and other times, I simply enjoy the present moment. Haiku has also allowed me to remember parts of my past and see that other people have shared experiences.
For me, Haiku is not just about the images and seasons, it is about taking a simple moment and revealing a deeper meaning. The following are some of my first attempts at writing Haiku. Some of them have come from past experiences, observations, or imagination. I have enjoyed writing them, and I hope you enjoy reading them.