at might of water /
crashing down a fall we can /
but stand and stare.
Haiku Moments of Creative Presence: Waterfalls. Every Friday on the blog I showcase one of the haiku I’ve posted during the week on my Instagram account. This week’s was inspired by the Dublin canal.
I write and read haiku because I love how it cultivates mindfulness and creative presence.
Writing a haiku is an act of transcription. The moment of life that we’re experiencing through our physical senses gives us the poetry. We see and hear, taste and touch and inhale the moment.
Then we allow the haiku to verbally express that poetry, through words artfully arranged into a set number of syllables.
In my case, usually 3.7.3 syllables.
Writing this way makes a verbal photograph that captures a depth beyond surface images and sense impressions.
Every place, every moment in time, is full of poetry. I love how haiku reminds us of this.
Reminds us that poetry is always possible.
I write haiku every day and publish regularly to Instagram with an accompanying photograph snapped on my phone. See below on how to best connect there.
Haiku Moments of Creative Presence: Over To You
Now Your Turn: Capture your own haiku moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how.
- Go somewhere lovely or interesting. Sink into creative presence, into the moment. What’s there? Use your five senses: see it, listen to it, touch it, taste it, inhale it.
- Let some words surface that describe what you’re seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling. Write these words down, in no particular order.
- Go to your desk. Sit, breathe, enter the space between the words.
- Now play with the words until you have arranged them into 13 or 17 syllables that give a short summation of the moment. Your experience will be something like this.
- In the haiku, don’t tell us what happened, show us. Use strong nouns and verbs.
- Definitely, don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perceptions, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a person’s mood, without ever mentioning the person or the mood.
- Repeat tomorrow. The more haiku we write, the better we get. And the more we find ourselves coming alive to our life.
More instructions here: How To Write Haiku
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Haiku Moments of Creative Presence: Instagram
Haiku On Instagram: Most days I share my #haiku #creativemoments on Instagram. I’d love to know about yours. Share a picture of something you’ve made, an experience you’ve enjoyed, or a moment of creative presence. To ensure I see your posts, hashtag #creativemoments or #gocreative and tag me: @ornaross