I am a French pharmacist living in Ireland. Since I was young, I have been attracted to literature, history, philosophy, music and photography even though I switched my focus to science later on. In secondary school I had a very influential teacher who once gave me the task to write a sonnet, which triggered the need to start to write a diary that I still have.
A few years ago, after a long gap in writing I joined a writer’s group where I live and I really enjoy this and we continue to meet regularly on Zoom.
I discovered haiku more than a year ago when I was doing some research for the writer’s group.
At the start of the first lockdown, I felt the need to release my emotions through writing in a short format. I used to write in free verse but I needed something faster like when you take a photograph. Then I jumped into haiku before even knowing its rules.
I read a lot of haiku masters and modern haiku writers, also try to learn the subtleties of this genre discovering that it could become a way of life. As Basho said: ” Haiku is simply what is happening in this place at this moment.” I felt for so long that I wasn’t living life to its full and I think haiku can help us to be more present to life.
Since joining TDH last May I am enjoying this journey so much. As a beginner in haiku, I love the welcoming and non-judgemental atmosphere in this group. Members are caring for each other and I met there people who have shared with me lots of resources to develop my knowledge of haiku as well as creating bonds.
I find now it is essential for me to be part of a creative writing group. It allows me to put words on my emotions and sensitivity. Without it I would feel a bit lonely, not being able to share what I have to say in writing. Meeting all those individuals in a positive atmosphere helps me build a more hopeful approach on life in general.
I’m never fully satisfied with any of my haiku, so I will put here a recent one and another older that I amended recently.
New Year’s dawn
with bird songs
my grandmother’s laughter
in the next room