As a little girl, I began to keep a diary, and not long after, I also began to write poetry. Journaling remains a daily habit with me, as does poetry. Journaling is good, because I can pour my thoughts out unedited and unmeasured. But poetry is better because it is beautiful. My styles vary because I love to experiment with new forms, both rhymed and unrhymed. I use poetry to connect with others on such universal topics as love, dating, marriage, family, God, nature, life, death, and just plain fun. Some of my poems are dark, but most are not. I write much about hope because I experience it daily. I write about patience and waiting because I have learned much in that department as well, and am learning still…. Mostly I write because sometimes I feel alone in my struggles, and reaching out to others—connecting with you the reader, and having you touch me with your comments and other feedback—helps me to realize that I’m not really alone. And hopefully it will help someone else out there to realize that you are not alone either.
Autumn’s morning gusts
Break open billowy clouds.
Sunshine in my eyes
Written in response to Hayes Spenser’s article “Haibun Monday — Why?” on dversepoets.com. I had never heard of this form, and the article piqued my curiosity. Yes, I know, it’s up here every other Monday, but this is the first time I actually paid attention. 🙂 I read first this, then did a little online research to learn more. In fact, I spent much of the day reading about Haibun and reading other people’s works. It has been nice to get out of my own nook and explore the work of other authors for a day. I have been producing a lot lately (that you will not see just now), but needed a break.
And since I’ve categorized this in “About Poetry,” I will briefly describe Haibun, for those of you who, like me, were not previously familiar with this verse form. It’s actually a combination of prose and poetry, but the prose should also be succinct.
Bruce Ross, in How to Haiku, says that “haibun is prose writing that is expressed poetically, with figures of speech and rhythmic sound values, and is full of emotion, like the writing of a diary… sometimes the haiku will illustrate the insight of your narrative and sometimes it will extend the implications of your narrative” (poetrysociety.org).