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December 2, 2008

For a few months now I’ve been playing with Haiku. I was first introduced to Haiku as a poetry form and a reflection tool at an Asian Facilitation Conference in Malaysia. I’m still looking for an opportunity to use Haiku in a workshop, but I guess that’s another story.

Just recently I’ve realised why I like Haiku so much and why I turn to it when I lack clarity (which seems to happen a lot these days!)

1. Freedom comes from structure
The Haiku form of 17 syllables – 5, 7, 5 – provides a framework that allows me to say whatever I want as long as it’s in 17 syllables.

2. Structure provides focus
As a result, this limit provides a means of focusing my thoughts – even if I’m not sure what that focus is when I begin.

3. Focus leads to clarity
By allowing myself to write a Haiku I can connect with the core idea that emerges.

Go on, give it a go. Here’s one to get you started:

So what’s the big deal
about Haiku? It shines light
on that which we know.


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