On January 1, 2014, I took a pledge along with 250 other writers and poets on Facebook to write and post a Haiku a Day for the entire year. When I began that process, I had not yet developed a disciplined writing practice. Nor had I thought of myself as a poet. The daily haiku writing became a powerful learning experience. Writing in community with others, I found inspiration and energy. Knowing I had a supportive audience, I became braver with the topics I ventured into writing about and more daring in my images. By the end of the year, I’d developed a true writing practice.
The Haiku a Day challenge ended officially on December 31, 2014. I am very proud that many of my poems are included in Everyday Haiku, a compilation of the best of the haiku challenge, published by Wandering Muse Press.
It’s been nearly three years since this practice began. I am still writing one every day. Now I share them daily to my Facebook page.
It’s a ritual.