A Haiku A Day Keeps Depression Away

Writing helps. Writing helps my, sometimes debilitating, depression. My mind is akin to my heart with words instead of actual blood. Just as my heart pumps blood on a very regular basis, my mind pumps out words all day, different times, every day. I sometimes come across a home, scene, animal, or piece of earth on a walk or drive and as I mentally capture that image into my mind’s eye, the words flow. I often feel conflicted between whipping out my iphone to take a few snapshots from different angles and grabbing my journal and writing about it. Generally, the camera wins, however, I have found that writing about these images in the form of a basic, beautiful form of poetry is something that finds me feeling authentic and peaceful. Therefore I have decided to make this a page of its own.

According to the www.poetryfoundation.org, a haiku “often features an image, or a pair of images, meant to depict the essence of a specific moment in time.” The purpose of a haiku “remains a powerful form [of poetry] due to its economic use of language to evoke a specific mood or instance” (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/learn/glossary-terms/haiku-or-hokku 2017).

Look out for my “Haiku A Day” photo and Haiku postings that will be not only a way of sharing, but a way of healing and just another form of self-care and shot of serenity that I am choosing to share.


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