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Monday, February 14, 2011

Half-Way Through Haiku-A-Day: A Confession & A Book I Love

I found things difficult to begin with. I definitely wasn't happy with the haiku I was writing during the first week of NaHaiWriMo.


It was just so un-inspiring.

Having been excited to return to haiku after the rejuvenating effects of the river of stones challenge, my high was dulled quickly as I struggled with a form I've worked (or should that be 'played') with for over four years.

I needed a kick up the butt!

I got it at the beginning of week two in the form of a spontaneous gift from my beloved...

Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart by Patricia Donegan.

It was just what I needed: the book as well as the surprise :)

It leads on perfectly from where my small stone writing left off: bringing my awareness to the outside world and then writing about it as a spiritual practice.

Suddenly my haiku has risen to a new level, and this is exciting!

I'm savouring the book: reading one poem and commentary a day as a meditation (or type of prompt) to set me on a path of awareness and appreciation for nature and how I interact with it, and how I might capture those moments in haiku form.

I highly recommend Haiku Mind. You can read more about it here.


  1. Read this one as well about five times..got it out of the library. We need more haiku books...
    I love them

    Cheers janet

  2. I love this book! So glad to hear someone else has read and enjoyed it too. I only just discovered it this year. It is definitely the kind of thing that I'd like to write in the future. Cheers, Kirsten x

  3. Sounds like a lovely present to give myself and other people : )

  4. Yes, we must not forget to give gifts to ourselves! Especially those that nurtute our play with creativity and our spirit :)