Just over a month to go until our first birthday on THE DAILY HAIKU. Journeys is our final theme for this week and what a journey it has been! We have over 4500+ members worldwide and this month our stats are again up 15% with 5600 posts, 19200 comments and 97000 reactions. Through The Great Margin website here and Twitter our blogs are being shared by wellbeing and creative organisations that include the Network of Wellbeing, Get Creative UK, Arts Health and Wellbeing Alliance, ArtsWell, the Royal Society of Literature and connecting with other haiku writers.
I am so excited to see our engagement growing and more people being introduced into writing haiku alongside expressing their ideas and feelings with words, artwork, video and photography too.
This week we had fun grappling with the essence of haiku in a creative game ‘What Does Haiku Mean To You’ to add to our usual debates on haiku. It produced some amazing responses which I collated into a blog on HAIKU: WHO ARE YOU? which you can read here https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/haiku-who-are-you-a-creative-exploration/
Do try this if you haven’t already. The results are surprising and insightful.
Now to the round-up of our themes from this week. Be inspired by them to write haiku with or without images, for those new to the form we have a guideline of 3 lines with 5/7/5 syllables but this is always a guideline not a rule. For those revisiting the themes showcase your favourites from the week in the comment thread and think about encouraging someone who has never haiku-ed before to have a go. The workshops on this blog are a helpful starting point.
Weekly Theme: HOME
Impromptu theme: SNOW
Bonus Theme: NATURE
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Haiga#15 respond to these images by what you see, thinking beyond the literal representations. Either choose a stand-alone haiku or make a new image with a haiku written over it. For more on Haiga read again the blog with excellent examples and advice from Marion Clarke. https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/conversation-11-writing-haiku-haiga-where-image-and-haiku-meet/