Greetings from Wendy Houser Blomseth in Minneapolis, MN, USA. I have considered myself a photographer all my life, both as a professional portrait photographer and now a nature photographer. I discovered my love for haiku poetry late in life. In the past I rejected it blindly because of the 5/7/5 form and blocked myself from even trying it.
I create haiku almost every day based on two factors (1) internal feelings that spring up while I’m out photographing in nature and, (2) prompts that come externally from THE DAILY HAIKU especially when I can use an appropriate photo in my archive that fits the haiku.
Discovering the Joy of Haiku is saving my soul during the pandemic. No longer feeling empty, quite the contrary. Feeling joy, laughter, and inspiration from THE DAILY HAIKU community. Communications with the haiku writers give me continued joy and a sense of wonder that we’re each in lockdown and yet connecting with people around the world.
Coming into haiku from photography gives me a wonderful double challenge. When I make a photo now I often previsualize the haiku at the same time.
Wellbeing aspect of being part of a creative writing group? This is my first participation with a creative writing group and I’m enjoying it immensely. So, because I’m a “connector” I’m inviting several of my friends to join as well. They are all loving it. In the past my group engagements have been centered around photography. The double delight now is to receive feedback on my photographs and my haiku.
Favorite haiku (my first haiku)
reaching for kindness
love, peace, and understanding
instead of sorrow
water spray of hopes and dreams
tears frozen in time
The experience of writing haiku on a regular basis and participating at THE DAILY HAIKU Facebook group have inspired three new goals for the future:
- Produce a “photo – poetry” book
- Gather small, social distanced, groups to walk together in nature and write haiku during the outing.
- Produce workshops that include both photography and haiku poetry.