woodblock print of boats riding on waves

Sunday Scribblings – #101 Haiku

Happy Sunday, everyone…or rather, Happy Fri-yay!

Every Wednesday, blogging buddy Aaron over at The Confusing Middle posts a “Sunday Scribblings” prompt for other bloggers to ponder and respond to on the following Sunday. This week, I’m jumping in and doing Aaron’s “Sunday Scribblings” prompt a bit late, but better late than never, as they say! If you’re a blogger looking for more inspiration, I highly recommend jumping in and joining in on the weekly Sunday Scribblings fun!

This Last week’s prompt was: Haiku!

When I saw Aaron’s Sunday Scribblings prompt for last week, I knew that I wouldn’t have anything to contribute. However, as luck would have it, I had a meeting at work this week that gave me some perfect material!

We have a weekly meeting where we usually discuss a relevant blog post or study, but this week was special. This week, Alyssa from 28Muses came on our call to talk about succinctness. Yes, when I heard the theme of the talk, I did feel personally attacked.

In this interactive lesson, Alyssa told us about her years that she traveled back and forth from the US to Japan for work. She spoke with a Japanese haiku master about the art of haiku and learned some interesting things that completely went against what we knew about haiku. 

As it turns out, that “classic haiku structure” many of us have learned that dictates that the first line must be 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables, and the third 5 syllables, isn’t exactly accurate! Haiku is meant to capture moments where we feel connected to nature using small, simple words. They’re meant to evoke feelings using the senses. Many haikus are based on woodblock prints (or sometimes the woodblock prints were based on haikus). The Japanese haiku master that taught this to Alyssa chuckled at the idea that haikus would have a definitive structure and said something like “oh you Americans always need to make things so strict.”

Yeah, that checks out.

During our session, Alyssa showed us the below woodblock prints and had us write haikus about them. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share my haikus with you here! Since haikus are meant to make us feel connected with nature, Earth Day felt like the perfect time to share mine.

But before I dive into that, just a quick plug for Alyssa and 28Muses because this was really swell (wave joke…you’ll be laughing in a minute), and it also looks like Alyssa will be hosting a LinkedIn event about haiku this upcoming week! I love when things work out. You can find the event link here.

Below, you can find the woodblock prints and my haikus that I based on them. I hope you enjoy them and that they invoke some feels for you and help you feel closer to nature this Earth Day.

Note: haikus are meant to be read twice with a breath in between, so be sure to do that while reading!

Now, take 3 deep breaths…

woodblock print of crashing and whirlpool waves with a pink horizon and birds flying above

Crashing waves
Versus seagull call
Sunset tempest

Umbrellas walking
Feet crunch in snow

woodblock print of people walking in the snow on a road next to a river while birds fly overhead

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