I don’t have a great long-term memory like my younger brother, but as I’ve spent a semester immersed in the art of haiku, I find that it is incredibly easy to recall memories from long ago. Most of the haiku I’ve written have come from memories or experiences I’ve had. No matter how far removed you think you are from the past, the pictures, people, and feelings are still there, no matter how hard you try to let them go. I’ve learned that haiku is not just about feelings but about pictures that create certain feelings. I hope this collection brings a little smile to your face as it reminds you of the little one you used to be or perhaps your own children.
As I finish my freshman year of college, it occurs to me how much I’m still in tune with my younger self; and I think we all need that in our lives, that slight sense of Peter Pan-ness. I say that because a childlike sense of wonder and taking in the big, bright, beautiful world is necessary for us as humans to keep moving forward, to keep dreaming and creating. I miss my younger days, how simple they were, and I think everyone feels that way at some point or another. And of course, there are things I wish I wouldn’t have had to experience. But haiku brought me back to appreciating life’s small, everyday moments and how they will become the memories I will cherish as I grow older.
“The memories are there somewhere . . .
You’ll find her”
~ Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey, “Seconds and Years”