Before I took Randy Brooks’ course on haiku, I did not know much about the format except that it usually consisted of three lines in a 5-7-5 syllable pattern. For this reason, I assumed haiku was boring and lacked creativity. However, after seeing the many forms and approaches to this short poetry style, it has become a major hobby of mine. Haiku’s short nature is challenging because the author must get their point across effectively with few words. The brief statements that haiku make are short and sweet—quick to read, yet leave the reader wanting more. That is the beauty of haiku—it is so up to interpretation that it places creativity in the readers’ hands; they can decide what the haiku means.
My personal style of haiku is difficult for me to describe. I am always inspired by personal experiences, social relationships, and the emotions tied up with them. Life can be so burdensome, confusing, and lonely. Sometimes we feel we have no one to tell our random thoughts to. Yet with haiku, I can use this creative outlet to describe emotions and experiences that we all share as human beings, yet are not always open about. In this collection, Life Loosened, I have included all of my favorite haiku and haibun I have written. I chose this title in relation to my signature haiku:
in his darkened bedroom
the girl lets loose
This ribbon I mention can be seen in so many ways. For the purpose of this collection, though, I am expressing my desire for people to let their life loose, to express themselves and to not hide anything they feel. With each haiku I have included in this collection, I have in some way exposed a part of myself, whether it be my past, my pain for a friend, or my random thoughts. Loosening up and getting out our thoughts on life is one of the most beautiful subjects of conversation. I hope you enjoy this collection.