"For Better of Worse"
a haiku collection by
When writing haiku, I take one of two approaches. I either allow myself to become wrapped up in a particular moment in time or I let my imagination wander and create a fictional situation, often based off of an encountered real-life experience or emotion. As a result, my haiku vary broadly in terms of subject matter and the feelings they evoke. Some are straight-forward and to the point, while others require some extended thought to pull a meaning from them.
The haiku that I have chosen for this collection are all based on events or emotions that I have personally experienced, whether they were written in the moment or based on the past. Essentially, they are all reflections of my own observations in life, covering topics from love to growing up to drinking beer on a summer’s day. I pulled the line “for better or worse” from one of the haiku to use as the collection’s title, seeing it very fit based on the nature of these haiku. The fact of the matter is that in the end, we will all have lived lives full of different situations and will have felt different emotions, and each of these times in our lives will have changed us in some way, for better or worse.
This collection is dedicated to all of the people who were the inspiration for these haiku.