Day 4 “a hope”
Yesterday’s haiku, “social distancing”, was a bit of a downer. Both versions. But I need to remember that it has taken me months to wrestle with these emotions.
(Fellow Californians, Day 138 of the state-wide shelter-in-place is coming to end as I post this. But, who’s counting?)
With today’s hakiu, I really wanted to take those specific things in yesterday’s poem and literally translate the hope in each of those.
So, on my lunch break, it started out almost line-for-line, mirroring the phone calls and text check-ins. I also wanted to get across that even though our weeks look different and hanging out with our people may look different, Ant and I are still safe and happy and healthy and overall okay.
Tonight, it moved from very specific to a little more abstract, naming the emotions of joy and sadness.
I joke that I’m Sadness. Literal Sadness from Inside Out. I wallow in my sadness. She’s so endearing and relatable to me. For today’s haiku, I switched it up and led with joy #getaftergrowth (jokingly and lovingly adapted from the more popular hashtag #getaftergrateful.)
It feels kinda cheesy to name Hope in the poem since that’s already the prompt, but I liked that imagery of deep breath in, exhale hope.
Ooh! What if I changed the last line–
deep breath in, exhale hope
deep breath in, ex/hale hope
It’s six syllables *facepalm* finding five syllables is hard, guys.
That was some real life creative process happening up there haha
How have you guys found hope in this time?
Writing Process Notes:
// 6.5 mins. Last 6.5 mins of lunch break at office desk. 99 words.
// 7:55pm-like 9am. I forgot to record the end time of actual haiku writing. so it’s included with the blog writing, social media-ing, all of that. Written listening to All Work and No Play (AWNP) podcast, episode 6 and 7. Word count: 335.