My name is Tim, and I don’t know everything.
Isn’t that how it goes? Admitting one’s problem so it’s possible to move on from it? I don’t know for sure, after all: I just said I don’t know everything.
That said, in this case, I think I’m getting a clue. Just a clue, but it’s a start.
Okay, okay, okay…I used to think writing a haiku was easy.
I wanted to write a few more paragraphs to build a bit of suspense and a touch of tension, but I had to just get it off my chest. I couldn’t wait any longer.
I used to think writing haiku was easy. I used to think haiku was the stuff of school poetry month in the early elementary grades. I used to think 5-7-5…how hard can it be?
I was wrong. There’s a lot more to it, and I’m lovin’ it.
Before I go further, in my defense, it can be easy:
I’m just sitting here
looking at the cursor flash
wondering what’s next
The third line was the toughest of the three, but most of the difficulty came with deciding whether or not “wondering” had two syllables or three. I deferred to Mirriam Webster and went with three, despite the fact that I usually say, “won-dring.”
Instead of “easy,” though, let’s go with “accessible.” Because it is. The example I just shared took me about a minute to write (“And it shows,” you whisper.) This morning my wife and I stood in the kitchen trying to come up with a haiku on the subject of rhyming with orange. We weren’t creating high art, but we were having fun. Poetry is supposed to be like that: fun!
Getting back to haiku, though: I still don’t know everything. Not even close. But over the past few weeks of National Poetry Month, I’ve read a lot of wonderful haiku, and I’ve learned a lot about the form. I’ve even posted a few of my own, along with a few tankas, a skinny, a nonet or two, a haibun, and some free verse poetry.
I’ll continue to learn, and I’ll continue to write. To those of you who have served as mentors for my efforts, thank you!
Thank you to the folks at Two Writing Teachers for hosting the Slice of Life Story Challenge! If you’ve not seen it, check it out at https://twowritingteachers.org
It doesn’t even have to be 5-7-5? Mind blown.