Several days ago I was walking down memory lane, strolling through some posts on my old blog. I found this series of posts written during my time in Belgium when my roommate and I were obsessed (for a week or two) with haiku. Our ultimate mission was to write a palindrome haiku. Ha! Despite our exotic weekend trips to other European cities, evenings in Brussels in the days before Netflix and Hulu left us searching for and creating our own entertainment (obviously… palindrome haiku??!). Anyway, reading through my old poems had me in stitches and I remembered what fun and curious little things they are to write. Little nuggets of wisdom, truth or humor wrapped in a tiny poetic package.
So to satiate my need for wit and whimsy in the name of verse and posey and also because this crazy, wonderful, unpredictable life deserves expression in all forms, I’m starting haiku Fridays – haikus on parenting and special needs. I’ve already written dozens for the project, but I thought it would be so fun to feature YOUR haikus about the lessons and experiences that come with special needs parenting.
Don’t remember what a haiku is? Worry not, my friend, I’m here to help: it’s a Japanese poem in three lines. The first line is five syllables, second line is seven syllables, third line is five. I guess that traditionally they’re about the nature or seasons, but we’re breaking from tradition here. Obviously. No need to include lines about cherry blossoms (unless that’s your thing, in which case it’s totally fine).
So if you’re feeling wise or funny, angry or hopeful, submit your best parenting stories, experiences or realizations in haiku form below and I’ll pick favorites to share on Facebook, instagram and twitter. Everyone who submits something will be entered to win a printed book of our collected parenting haikus! This should be fun!
When submitting, remember to include your social handles and/or blog url if you want me to credit you!