< Any Subject Will Do for Haiku >

Let's now get back to our subject of haiku. Haiku helped me observe affairs in my life objectively including my involvement in fugu poison.
Anything can be a good subject for haiku. This is what I learned through years of haiku practice. I want you, mY readers to be always alert for little things around you and appreciate them. I may dare say that haiku poems are not haiku in the true sense of the world which you cannot make unless you visit some scenic spots.

Some fifteen to sixteen years ago a little girl named Michiru Yonekura published a small book that stored her haiku poems she made since she was seven years old. Today she is a mother of two children and continues to make haiku in her busy life. Let me introduce some haiku poems from her publication:

tanzen no
uekara tataku
chichi no kata<

over padded kimono
fists patting
father's shoulders

suisen ni
ottemo iika to
kiite miru

ottemo iika to
to break its stem

sanuku nari
ume no mamagoto
sinai keri

getting cold
plums playlhouse kit
put away

hakoniwa no
go-jyu no to e
michi ga nai

miniature garden
five-story pagoda
path missing

spittu wa
suika no tame mo
minna tabe

my spitz
water melon and seeds
ate them all

kiku ningyo-
warumono mo mina
hana o tsuke

chrysanthemum dolls
bad people even
flower decorated

     (source="Haiku Collection of Michiru, Elementary School Child")

The honest and tender feelings that appear in these haiku may not necessarily be altogether due to youth of seven to ten years of age:
she may owe the sensitivity to her genius. But I dare say that every one of us is gifted with more or less sensitivity.

Haiku practice helps discover and grow your sensitiveness which, in turn, enriches your heart and enlightens your observation.
Every one of these haiku picks up a routine Scene in life, Many of us simply overlook or ignore it as something insignificant.

We all live a busy life in a busy world, but haste is not all there is to it. From time to tine we need to stop and look about us. That gives us a moment of quietude of mind, when a haiku is born.