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.