How to Hold a Moment
If you follow me on Instagram (@lorrie_stories) you’ll see that I post a lot of haikus paired with photos. The process allows me to hold moments just a wee bit longer than usual. What a gift!
I love making my way through days in a composing state of mind. I love counting syllables on my fingers like a child.
Writing daykus (day + haiku = dayku) has become a new form of meditation and prayer for me.
The process is fast and easy, but keeps me grounded in the moment. Even if I don’t get seventeen syllables on a page each and every day, I think about what I might have written, and those mental moments still add joy to my life.
Of course, I’m not deep and prayerful all the time. Here’s one I posted yesterday about Post-it Notes!
My husband is also starting to notice my haiku way of life. Check out this little interlude we had earlier this year:
If you’d like to get in on some of the dayku fun, here are some tips for writing your own:
Haiku have three lines.
The first line has five syllables.
The second line has seven syllables.
The third line has five syllables.
They are usually about nature, but be wild and write about whatever you want.
When my thoughts are bigger than seventeen syllables, I cheat and write a long title.
For example, here’s the original title for the dayku in this post:
Today’s Dayku Brought to you by a Rainy Sunday Morning in California.
I encourage you to write daykus this week.
Slowly but surely, there is a growing crowd of folks writing daykus across the land. My cousins on both sides are writing them (Hey, Sally and Chris and Ginger!). Here’s one that Chris wrote to her kids right before winter break:
To get you started, feel free to use this haiku frame. All you need to create is the last line. Just look out the window and write five syllables about something that you see.
A moment is held
In seventeen syllables:
And finally, here are three picture books with lovely examples of haiku.
I can’t wait to read about the moments you discover. Please share your daykus with me. If you post on Instagram, use #dayku or #haikumyday. Happy seventeen syllables. Happy writing.
P.S.S. Next week I’m posting my summer reading list. It’s like Christmas I’m so excited.