Monday, 29 December 2008

A Haiku Diary

About 18 months ago I started to write a haiku a day. Gradually this turned into a haiku diary, where I try to instil the essence of a memorable part of each day. It’s amazing how it jogs my mind to remember when I read a few from months ago.

I try to do this every day, but often fail. However, I do keep a factual journal inherited from when I was in a business partnership and needed to record what I did with my time. At the end of each month I refer to this so I can go back and fill in the gaps. Some of my blog entries help too.

It gets done each month because I always post my monthly haiku diary in my Writelink blog. The link is to the last one posted for November.

As I look back, I can often recognise the ones I wrote as they happened because they are more poetic and less about the factual things. But even if the words in my haiku are less tangible, I can still relate them to what I did on the day.

December is a very busy month so I have lots of gaps to fill. But below is one I wrote for Boxing Day on the 26th. My last post here was a prose version of that day too, one which I wrote in the evening.

Summer’s leaf curtains
are drawn back to air the views
on our country drive.

Pic is by Raould at Wikimedia Commons


jodapoet said...

Love the haiku. For me haiku and it's various forms are sheer poetry in motion. Thanks for sharing.

Jena Isle said...

Yes, you could compile them and sell. I'll line up to buy. Happy new year.

jakill said...

Thank you both for the comments. Jena - they are not all quite like that - perhaps I could select from them for an anthology.

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