I used this title for my collection as a tribute to all things left unfinished in one's life such as relationships, work, school etc. It is sometimes a daily struggle to get through this thing called life and we each have many things that we leave unfinished, either by choice or not. I began this semester mourning the sudden death of my father, whom I had not spoken to in many years. Our relationship was unfinished to me. I used haiku as an outlet and a way to get in touch with those deep rooted emotions.
his last wish
planning the trip
to say goodbye
As I lingered in sadness, I began to understand the need to move on and find out what was important to me. The limited word use in haiku made me focus on including only what was really important. That theory also applies to life. When things get overwhelming and many things are left unfinished, focus on what is most important and the other things will fall in line.
I have included a selection of haiku that were favorites of the class and one's that spoke to me personally. The true measure of a good haiku is it's timelessness, it's ability to be read, memorized and spoken over and over again. I have enjoyed the class immensely, especially the ability to write with my fellow students and for them to appreciate the hard and thoughtful work that I have tried to put in each and every one of my haiku. To them and those who may read this in the future, let us all embrace things unfinished.