August 23, 2010
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I’ve been learning a lot about writing haiku through my article series, Quicksilver, on The Haiku Foundation (THF) blog, troutswirl. This column has been amazing for me. The advice I get from the readers is incredible.
Lorin Ford, award winning haiku author, recommended a great article for me, so that I can better understand the “rules” of haiku. Seeing all the rules side by side, one can really see how they conflict and that I can really pick and choose which to use.
I’ve been learning to write about my personal experiences. I enjoy looking around at the world through haiku eyes and am discovering new details that I had missed before.
I’m on vacation here in NC. Yesterday we went for a swim in one of our favorite spots. I wrote this haiku:
pine trees line an arm
of Lake Hiawatha
breast stroke echoes
I noticed that as I swam, I could hear the faint echoes of my breath. It was such a wonderfully tranquil moment.
I wrote this one based on many experiences going to Honeymoon Island beach near my home:
a cry rends the air
the circling seagull snags
her last cookie
You should hear the cry of my three-year-old daughter when the seagull snags her cookie. Then she runs after them and shouts, “THAT’S NOT OK!!”