on my desk–
bleeding hearts in bloom
This is a favorite haiku of yours, and thank you. I was reflecting upon the haiku this morning that are reprinted on my poet page on the Haiku Registry. This haiku was published first in Time Of Singing, Volume 21, 1994; and this poem was also selected for THF Haiku App. I was new to haiku. We learn in different ways. I learn best by reading, and I tend to write spontaneously from my heart. Yet I can see in my records how many revisions a post may go through before I feel it is ready.
The important thing is to be encouraged and to practice. Rest as needed too. The range in years of the poems on my Haiku Registry page is from 1994 – 2015. There have been fallow times. When I was not able to write this much, I checked out a wide variety of books by many authors from the library, and bought some books too. Sometimes I’d look at the list of their books, and note the length of time sometimes between books. Sometimes I’d look at a poem and think, “I can never write like that.” And then a poet would share about the number of revisions for their poem, and how long it took for a certain work to be published. Examples of authors include Madeleine L’Engle, Luci Shaw, and Barbara Crooker.
That is perhaps part of the art of teaching: the right amount of challenge, with encouragement. Time and patience. Like tending a garden.
Time Of Singing was founded in 1958 by Dr. Benjamin P. Browne. Charles A. Waugaman was the editor when I began subscribing. Lora Homan Zill has been editor since 1998. Lora’s site is the blue collar artist.
The photos are by Karl (June 2011).