Tuesday, May 29, 2012

POETRY: Read More. Blog More #6

To Challenge Myself . . . Living a Haiku Year

 I recently revisited a little book called The Haiku Year, which I had originally discovered while looking for something else. Serendipity, indeed!

I had really enjoyed my original reading of this little book and the reread was no disappointment. The poetry is interesting, as is the story of the book's inception.

But what really struck me was the reactions of those who took the time daily for a year to write the haiku contained in the book.

Tom Gilroy, one of the contributors who also wrote the Forward, called the resulting poems "precious moments." And Steve Earle, who wrote the Introduction, calls his Haiku year "The best year of my life."

Reading these responses got me to thinking.

We all live busy lives, whatever our circumstances, and it is so easy to get caught up in the business of living and forget to really notice, let alone connect with, the world in which we live.

So, here's the challenge:

After rereading this short book and noting the thoughts of the participants, I have decided to challenge myself to "living a Haiku year." That is, I challenge myself to take a few moments each day to write three lines, 17 syllables, one haiku. I even have a beautiful little red book in which to record my "precious moments."

Is anyone interested in joining me?

The purpose is to take a few moments and really notice the world around you, feel it, and capture the experience. Good, bad, mediocre. It doesn't matter. It's not nearly as difficult as it may sound, and like any exercise it actually gets easier with practice.

If you need a little information on the form and its requirements there have been many books written on the subject, as well as many online resources. Some are concerned with form only while others incorporate the writing of haiku into a spiritual journey.

These are a few BOOKS I've read myself:

And a few WEBSITES: 

Here is a book that I have not read, but the title intrigues me: [UPDATE: It just arrived in the mail and is only waiting for me to begin!]

And just for fun, 
here is a website with writing tips - WRITTEN IN HAIKU


  1. Hi Snowball,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I read your first post on teaching children how to write poetry earlier on and really enjoyed it.

    My favourite part was reading If The World Was Crazy.

    It's akin to some of the poems in Gordon Bailey's Stuff & Nonsense.

    I hope to get my hands on a copy of your anthology, but I forgot to write down the title of the book. Kindly remind me in your reply.


    1. I'm so sorry. I'm not sure where I had my head this week. I'm glad you enjoyed the post and I've put it back up.

      Here's the link if you need it: http://comesitbythehearth.blogspot.com/2012/05/post-read-more-blog-more-5.html

      The book is "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein.

      Thank you also for your suggestion of another poet I might use. I hadn't heard of Gordon Bailey, but I will sure look him up.

  2. Thank you and I hope you get a copy of Gordon Bailey's book.

    Here's a link to my review:


  3. Cat stretched at full length
    Sun raising steam on rooftops
    Wake up to summer

  4. Pink Ume Blossoms
    Melt the Mountain Snows, sweet
    Fragrant like the Sun

  5. toona on layers of toona
    moist calm heaven
    give me or I rip your arm off

    1. Smudgie, you are truly a talent. That is wonderful and thank you for sharing with us mere humans.