June 10, 2015 § 30 Comments
at first light
Dear friends, the blog is slowing. My output of haiku once prolific and unstoppable, is at least for now, dwindling. Hundreds of haiku have spewed out of my head this year. Some were just about fit for an audience, others should never have seen the light of day. Hidden amongst them all, was the odd accidental gem.
To create, at least for me, is like an insurance that enables me to stay as healthy as I can, both physically and mentally, but the medium in which I choose to do this changes over time. There is, as many of you will know, a cycle. For a long time I needed to express via what was not said – those ‘spaces in between’ – and haiku, with its talent for inference is ideal as a way of saying as little as possible yet capturing the possibilities, perhaps even the essence of, a whole world, a whole life, or a simple moment in time in a tiny handful of words.
For some time now I’ve noticed a need to return to the short story, and perhaps also write some longer poetry, so I suppose what I’m saying is that the blog is going to change. But the haiku, I know, will keep coming, just less regularly! But there is another change. I need to connect with colour again in the way a painter does, and I want to use my hands not my head. Yesterday my longed for floor loom arrived from Japan. A strange yet elegant creature, it makes comforting clacketty sounds. I look forward to getting to know its ancient ways. Rather like the rather uncertain rhythm of the haiku perhaps. ❤