I`d be the first to admit that I`m scared of haikus. I used to be quite proud of my ability to use the short and strict form to make something beautiful, but then I was told by my Japanese teacher that mine was the worst in the class. (She actually said a lot of nice things and waffled, but everyone else`s work was submitted for the Japanese as a foreign language highschooler haiku competition thingy) To be fair, for one thing, this happened many years ago now, and it is really something I should move on from.
For another, I had spent years crafting American style haikus, which really are rather different in subject matter from proper haikus. I mean, I grew up learning the syllable rules, but the whole nature theme and a few stereotypical illustrations of the theme were complete secrets. For example, in American culture, Fall is associated with falling leaves. That`s why Fall is the nickname for the season whose proper name is Autumn! But in Japan, Fall is best seen by leaves floating on a stream. There are a lot more secret connections that I`m still unaware of, so you can understand why I wouldn`t be able to make haikus very well compared to my classmates who were much more in tune with Japanese culture. I mean, I took the class because the kanji look pretty to me, and they took it because they were anime and manga fanatics. Two separate worlds, really!
But now I have accepted the fact that I`m not going to make poetry like another person, after my inspiring journey with you all in Poetry Challenge Week. Even if I had been raised and born in Japan, I would still do my poetry a little differently, because I`m a different kind of person. And that`s ok! That`s what poetry is, right? A way of illustrating your soul, almost, so it makes sense that mine would be different! So, without further ado, I`m going to let you see a haiku from me. Cheers, bravery!
Silver droplets rain
Across the endless Mountain
A snug cabin fire.
If you`ve had run ins with criticism in your poetry, or just dejection in general, you can look at my posts from poetry week. You can try doing a haiku too! I`d love to see yours in the comments below, or in a post on your blog with a pingback to me! Let`s spread some poetry bravery together. (: