Week Two of my Haiku project pushed me outside: when I do this again (and that’s quite likely going to happen in December) there’ll be more planning to give a mix of interior and exterior locations. I found this space on a part of communal land in my hometown that forms part of a cycle path across various boroughs.
This week was mentally one of the toughest I’ve had for some time. Looking back now, I knew the problems were coming well before they arrived, and this image ended up being slightly more prophetic than had originally been the intent. Of everything produced thus far, this one remains the most personal.
Tuesdays are rubbish days in this parish: it made recycling the board for the Haiku a lot simpler than normal. On reflection, I could have shown more waste, as it is not really clear this is balanced on a ton of bags…
This one was a no-brainer: I’ve spoken at length on my personal site over the health benefits of exercise, not simply for the body but for my mind. Next time around I want to stop using squares of paper as my substrate for writing. Today came with the revelation that there need to be more interesting things written on, something I am going to fix going forward.
As a result, this was the first day with a) a budget and b) a theme planned in advance. My daughter got the benefit of eating the chocolate hearts used: those wooden ones are now decorating my desk area. The paper plates will get used over Christmas.
You won’t realise it but my back garden’s had a starring role in the composition process: this is the stump of a eucalyptus tree that despite having had most of its roots cut out is frankly refusing to die. It made a good basis for the haiku, and this proved my most popular Haiku of the week.
I’d planned an extravagant end to the week, using myself as canvas, but depression effectively ruined that party. So, I went simple and small, and on reflection, this is a far more powerful representation of the poetry. The more I think about it, the better this day’s work is at precisely describing exactly how I felt.
That’s week two done, and with the success of the last 14 days I have decided to do this as a bi-monthly ‘project,’ beginning again in December with a visual Haiku Advent Calendar. For now, however, it is off to plan week Three’s content.
See you in seven days 😀