Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Serene Scene and Excellent Book to Recommend

I'm currently finishing my haiku book. I also started re-reading: Haiku Mind by Patricia Donegan recently.

Ms. Donegan brings up a good point in Haiku Mind, reminding the reader to be in the moment, savor the even the mundane, every day tasks we do each day. Taking out the garbage, she stopped to commune with a butterfly. Enjoying the quiet before beginning a busy day. Just one example from the book that really made me think.

One of the aspects of haiku that I like the most is how a single moment or experience can be expressed/revisited, in only three short lines/ 17 syllables, in the traditional haiku form. It really is a magical form of poetry in my opinion!

Life IS the journey, not the destination. So true. We can miss a lot along the way that can bring us joy, peace....right here, right now; if we are always dwelling on the tomorrows and our plans for the future.

If you haven't read Haiku Mind, it's an excellent book. I reviewed it last year at My Real Life Reviews. You can read the full review here.

Hope you savor a tranquil moment; enjoying this "serene scene" and have a great week!


Anonymous said...

I have this book, and I love it. Definitely a 5.

Joseph said...

Haiku poems that follow the traditional rules are my preference. That's not the case with many of the poems in this book. Some haiku poems are just a line or two of words that in my opinion aren't what haiku is all about or that makes it special or unique. It is true about savoring the small events throughout the day, that I do agree with.

Dianne said...

that is a lovely photo of a beautiful place

funny you mentioned taking out the trash, I always do it late at night so that I can see the moon and stars and everyone else is asleep

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

This picture is very serene, did you take it?
This does sound like a good book.

Tammie Lee said...

so many memories when i see this photo. lovely week to you.

Magyar said...

__That balance of all opinions... creates, creativity.
__I think, haiku is a reflection of that which has already been created; its scribbling is never planned, or ruled... it just occurs... the nature of that sight.
__This photo? A grand sight! _m

Geraldine said...

Hi SandyL, I found out about it, from you! And I agree, definitely a 5, even as I re-read it.

Hi Joe, I agree about the haiku and the structure as adding rather than being restrictive, when I'm writing my own haiku or enjoying others. It's just lines of words without it. But other people seem to enjoy the more free verse style of haiku. We all have our preferences.

Hi Diane, Ahhh..that was a nice experience to share, thanks Dianne.

Hi Brenda, Yes, I did. A scene at our local park, from my photo archives.

Hi Tammie, Yes, I remember you telling me about your stay here. :<)

Hi Magyar, Thanks for your thoughtful comment Magyar.

Happy Week, G :<)

Susie Clevenger said...

I love haiku...and writing them. It just seems so powerful to broach whatever subject you choose with such few words and have it carry such in depth meaning. Good luck in finishing your book!!

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