June/July

TUESDAY 25

My green and black scarf
in the gutter where I dropped
It hours ago, soaked.

WEDNESDAY 26

A box of Barclays
Bank Professional gilt nibs on
the pitted desk top.

THURSDAY 27

Sunlight reflected
slides down the back of a dark
coat, pools on the floor.

FRIDAY 28

Free bay leaves in a
garden again. I rub my
hands on lavender.

SATURDAY 29

Two days away from
Wimbledon, someone carries
a tennis racquet.

SUNDAY 30

Green hedges on banks
so high only the hills are
visible beyond them.

MONDAY 1

Now I have an app
I know the roadside trees are
lime, not sycamore.

I’M HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR – 182 HAIKU WRITTEN. IT’S A GOOD TIME TO REMIND YOU WHY I STARTED DOING THIS.

I’m Jacqui Rowe and I’m a poet, writer of fiction and independent publisher. On an excellent online course led by the poet Wendy Pratt (wendyprattpoetry.wordpress.com), I decided to try to write a haiku a day, as a sort of journal for the whole of 2019. In May 2018, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia, a form of blood cancer. I’m not about to die or even be seriously ill but it has altered my life in some ways already, and I expect that to be reflected in my haiku journal.
Haiku is a Japanese form that has been adopted and adapted into English to the extent that it now bears so little resemblance to the Japanese original that we should probably have given it a different name by now. I’m taking haiku simply to mean a three line poem of
5 syllables
7 syllables
5 syllables
I know some poets have a looser approach, but I find the syllable constraint encourages my creativity.
My other rule is to aim to write no more than one journal haiku per day, on the day (not a whole bunch of them that that I allocate dates to later). I’ll post them a week at a time.
My most recent book is Blink, published by V Press. You can find out about it here http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/p/bookshop.html
If you enjoy the haiku, you might consider making a donation to the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Support Association, if you are able to. https://www.cllsupport.org.uk/home. I also received excellent free counselling from MacMillan, which actually helped me change the way I write to accommodate my condition, and directly led to this journal. https://www.macmillan.org.uk/donate?gclid=eaiaiqobchmih6stqshl3wivd9mych1efw9seaayasacegjytfd_bwe&gclsrc=aw.ds

© Jacqui Rowe