In celebration of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d revisit my favorite poetry form in this month’s blog. Several years ago on a trip to Victoria, Canada, I discovered the joy of writing haiku (see Vacation Haiku). I love the simplicity of this Japanese style of poetry, which has only three short, spare lines that traditionally consist of five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables. I also enjoy the challenge of finding words to fit this pattern. Haiku usually have seasonal and nature themes, and I love this aspect as well.
So when I found myself with plenty of mental time to kill on a 3,000+ mile, two-week road trip last spring, I thought it would be fun to set myself the goal of penning one haiku each day. I’m proud to report that I did in fact accomplish this goal–and I’m so glad. Each one is like a little snapshot composed of words, a poetic souvenir of our journey through Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Nevada. Reading them now, I’m transported back to a moment in time, a scene glimpsed along the way.
Here are six of them, if you’d like to come along for the ride.
Purple stars glitter
in a lush green Earth-bound sky
flashing by too fast
Rippling sea of grass
a vulture’s shadow tilting
among the live oaks
Not golden but red
suspended in sky blue space
rumbling on the wind
mountains in our tent window
sharp-headed and many-armed
worshiping the sun
cloud creatures migrating through
with hungry shadows
Got a road trip coming up? You might want to give haiku writing a try!
Thanks for reading and Happy Spring!