I first wrote a haiku in secondary school, about 45 years ago, picking up not only its math but also its poetic non-rhythm. Sadly, after 4 haikus – which only my English teacher and classmates read – I hid the art away in my heart. Although I loved it I didn’t think that anything serious would come out of it, even though as a youth I’ve secretly dreamt of having my own published book.
At the age of 60 I got to write my 5th haiku — here at the TDH on May 20, 2021– the day I joined.
The piece simply sprung out from deep within me as it carried with it the joys of my 4 haiku days, like a little bird being let loose from its cage and feeling the significance of the moment while still feeling the security of home. Despite an abundance of feelings the image I chose to accompany the haiku (or not) is that of a peaceful cottage with placid waters and lush greens. And I wrote:
As long as a place
like this exists
our souls will
I realize now that in my inner mind the haiga points to TDH which proved to be my poetic family, my learning and training home, and the springboard for venturing out into the poetic circles.
Notably, TDH was also the place where my love for poetry first found resuscitation.
I still remember my heart leaping when my 5th haiku received its thumbs up and hearts! Many thanks to the first ones who gave me their comments and reactions, my prized possessions.
And did I find the confidence to join other groups? Yes, I did!
So much so that I also found the courage to submit pieces to journals.
However, things didn’t go completely rosy.
I submitted entries to a few magazines which didn’t quite hit the mark.
But on June 21, 2021 the creator of Cherita, Ai Li, accepted my first submission. It is now included in her October issue, 5:5, titled Dream Book. To date, Ai Li has accepted 52 of my original Cherita for her publication from October 2021 to September 2022. I really have to thank three persons for practically bringing me to Ai Li’s front door: Goda Bendoraitiene, Alan Summers, and Wendy Houser Blomsent.
On June 22, July 9, and July 21 three of my moon poems were published in the Cold Moon Journal. Thanks to Editor Roberta Beach Jacobson and a TDH member who posted the link which I followed.
The dream of one day owning a book with my name on the front cover has shown its wistful head again! I don’t really know whether I’d get that book or not, but I am definitely here now:
at the crossroads
waiting to be changed—
to a published one
I am just so grateful to TDH — the haven, the little heaven, for existing for all of us who can now dare to call ourselves poets, and for ‘poets’ like myself, who have and do not have the dream!
And thank you very much Ms. Amanda White, all TDH Admins and Moderators, and all members for making The Daily Haiku exactly what it is.