I’m an English teacher, support worker for people with autism and learning disabilities, an artist and of course a writer. I’ve mostly written short stories and flash fiction in the past, and the occasional poem. I’ve been published in various literary anthologies and have self published a few pieces also. I became interested in haiku as a means to honing my writing style. It forces one to be efficient with words, which is something I personally wanted to improve.
The way I approach Haiku… Hmm, I guess that varies, but there is usually a prompt of some sort. It could be something in daily life, a song, a piece of art, or a verbal prompt from The Daily Haiku group. My writing process is pretty simple and intuitive. I usually begin with too many syllables, then begin paring it down until it becomes a haiku. I enjoy the challenge of paring it down without losing meaning.
I enjoy being a member of The Daily Haiku group because it’s such a supportive, uplifting and inspirational environment for its members to share their creativity. I feel that expressing oneself creatively can be beneficial to mental wellbeing, which is especially important nowadays.
My two favourite Haikus that I’ve written are;
A stranger walks by
Carrying a world inside
As I carry mine.
Wild things yonder grow
In cracked walls, against all odds.
Life will find a way