Hello. Elsje Winnubst here . I live in Auckland, New Zealand.
I have always loved the form of haiku but have only seriously written haiku in the last year since I joined The Daily Haiku. I joined TDH to hone my skills in haiku and learn as much as I can from other haiku poets. I enjoy haiku in all its forms and appreciate the TDH for their tolerant and inclusive ethos. I like that the group is so fluid, even though I prefer to set myself the challenge of staying with the classic format.
I feel that my alter ego is haiku. It is the reined in part of me, that has no analogy, or simile nor does it want to identify or qualify itself. Haiku is the side that lives in the moment in 3 lines.
The other side is the poet who also writes a lot of non-haiku poems that tells stories and remembers history. Writing haiku has become so compelling it has taken up a lot of space in my head. I feel that the daily haiku has become an essential ritual for me and has contributed hugely to my well being in general and during lockdowns in the pandemic. I feel a strong sense of connection to all the sympatico members in the TDH.
I would describe myself as a wee bit of a slacker poet. a bit of an outlier, who takes an idiosyncratic approach to life and in my writing. My first love is literature.I did my double major in English and Ethics/ philosophy.
I belong to a poetry group that has been running for over forty years and was quite proud recently to have a poem of mine published along with 77 others, in the forty year Anniversary Anthology, titled ‘This Twilight Menagerie’.
In between lockdowns I write and give presentations to my Philosophy group which meets once a month. I regularly write essays on topics that are current or interest me.
I did a double major in philosophy /ethics and english
I trained as an adult literacy tutor. One reason was that coming from a Dutch background I know first hand language can be a barrier and meaning can be and often is, lost in translation.
eats the clouds
the cat watches and
keeps her beady eye –
on the prize
spring may be visited
with a maximum
of 10 people
the cat lies in wait
on a bed of cherry
even the clouds
are different now