a little uneven
selected haiku of Alexis D. DeSollar
Copyright © 2014 by Alexis D. DeSollar
The fact that Alexis just rediscovered her love and talent for writing this year never ceases to astound me. Her way of writing is absolutely breathtaking, while making the readers reflect on their own lives. She will run into my room, notebook in hand and a smile on her face, eager to share with me her newest masterpiece. Her haiku capture the most simple moments in the most beautiful way.
God ruffles my hair
She has a way with tugging on people’s heartstrings that I’ve never seen anyone else possess. It’s not always blatant. Sometimes, it just sneaks up on the reader without them really knowing. She uses her gift of words to draw people in and makes them want to stay there, memorized by her words, forever.
how sweetly she smiles—
the black picture frame
Being a writer myself, I know that Alexis has a bright writing future ahead of her. I know that many people will fall in love with her work, just as I have. So, dear reader, I challenge you to read through her book of haiku and experience the brilliance and beauty that only her poems can portray.
Life is a little uneven.
Carefully examine the book you are holding in your hands. You will probably notice that some words are lopsided, there are ripped pages, replaced pages, ink splotches, and a large amount of obvious elbow grease. Already, in its very creation, this book has been on a journey—it has been ripped, torn, and patched; words have been thought out, crossed out, re-envisioned, and now it has been brought to you, whoever you are.
Perhaps you have been just as ripped, torn, and patched.
Yet, there is beauty in this imperfect way in which you have pieced yourself together so wonderfully—every scar and every mark only shows that you have a history and a story to tell that is so rich. The Japanese culture has a very specific word for this beauty of the imperfect called wabi-sabi, roughly translating into English as “the beauty of ordinary things” or the appreciation for the natural cycles of life.
There is wholeness in brokenness, completion in the incomplete, and beauty in imperfection.
The haiku you are about to read is meant to celebrate this ordinariness and simple beauty. In fact, even the very technique of writing successful haiku involves using this specific simplicity, carefully selecting only the words that need to be used in order to offer a specific but severely open-ended creation to the reader. As a student who only recently embarked on a journey into the world of haiku, I can most certainly ensure you that the following haiku are not perfect, but in them I hope you see this ordinary loveliness and then begin to seek it in your daily life; this is, after all, where it thrives.
A haiku is never read the same way twice, as a successful haiku will allow evolution between readers. Thus, the haiku that you read here an experience that is entirely unique to you.
Life is a little uneven.
It is not made up of only clear waters, solid lines, and unscathed perfection, but of rough edges, broken curves, and a striking, raw, vibrant beauty.
~Alexis D. DeSollar