Haiku Is Healing

Originally posted on Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog:

Every week, I give a haiku workshop somewhere, mainly at libraries, bookstores, and through writer’s organizations. I’m celebrating my new book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. I guess you could say I live and breathe haiku. Two major workshops in the near future are: (1) Sponsored by Poets & Patrons, at Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. (2) Sponsored by Glenview (IL) Public Library, Sunday Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. (The latter will include an audience haiku contest with prizes. Register at http://www.glenviewpl.org)

Why am I so enamored of haiku? Mainly because it is so healing. I discovered haiku in 1994 when I was going through a difficult time in my life. Capturing the moments of our lives–which is what haiku is all about–calms us. It doesn’t matter whether we are happy or sad, capturing our life’s moments validates us.

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Fall Poems

summer to fall
willow branches
in sun and shadow

sweeping gold leaves
from the walkway
the years that are past
drew me closer
to God

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam on water

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I’m rereading the Fall 2013 Time Of Singing, as I await the new issue.  Lora H. Zill included a note about The Haiku Foundation Education Wall, which includes the work of many people.

Also this haiku, that was simply a gift to me:

late November
sun fills a glass
for a time

Lora Zill’s website, with a blog, is the blue collar artist.