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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,John Keats, To Autumn
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
Give yourself a round of applause because you have reached the twelfth and final week of my interactive blog-series, Haiku for You! For the last time, I will provide inspirational writing prompts and help you to write haiku as an act of mindfulness.
If you are a newcomer, there is no need to feel late to the poetry party! My introductory post is here to explain everything, so you can feel ready to catch up with our community whenever it is best for you. Trust me, your words will be worth the wait.
This session is all about finding comfort in the changes that happen in the world around us.
Take a slow, deep breath in …
…and then back out.
Today, we are going to think and write about
Thoughts about Seasons
There are many things in life that we only encounter for a season: weather, friends, mentors, hobbies, schools, universities, jobs. And yet, we appreciate them just as much as the long-standing company of our everyday lives. In fact, we learn to do this.
Our appreciation of a season is often strengthened by its contrast. Take the weather, for example, the go-to illustration of the four seasons. Every year, the sun complements the rain, the snow complements the bloom of spring, and in life, the rough complements the smooth just as heartache complements the love that eventually finds us.
Seasons are predictably unpredictable, or are they unpredictably predictable? Either way, they allow comfort and possibility.
As well as the seasons of nature, which can either give us a lot of energy, or make us want to hibernate with snacks until the sun shows its face again, we have our seasons that are tailored to our personal needs.
Consider your morning routine. Do you love beginning your day with the aroma of coffee beans and toast? Do you like to go for a stroll on your lunchtime to clear your head? Do you love to read a bedtime book until your eyes close and you begin the new daily season all over again? Finding a routine has proved to be great for improving many people’s mental well-being. It provides us with a sense of control and therefore a sense of safety.
Let’s be honest, we all have days where our smiles cannot widen enough to express our genuine elation, followed by the days where others would not recognise our dark silhouettes. Just as the nights start drawing in to prepare us for our shorter summer days, where we eat ice cream, walk to the beach, or play garden games, we must prepare ourselves to say goodbye to a moment and welcome a new and wonderful one.
If we view everything as a season, it makes it easier to embrace either its positive or negative nature, but also to appreciate it in its temporary state. The moon, for example, has its phases. The rain has its thundery moments before a rainbow shows itself and sun finally emerges.
Our tiredness, our grief and our darkness will eventually subside.
Haiku about Seasons: some examples of my own
Rain applauds the glass, wind wolf-whistles and drum rolls summer’s finale.
Just before Autumn, leaves cling to broken branches; choose their way to fall.
Forsaken season - empty parks masked by blue skies; sun burns for breakthrough.
How to write your own haiku about seasons
Exercise duration: approximately 30 minutes
1. What season are you in right now?
This can either refer to nature or a personal season..
2. What would you call this season other than its true name?
For example, describe winter’s true personality.
3. What colour is this season?
Choose at least three colours/shades.
4. Does this season have a particular aroma?
5. How does this season make you feel?
6. Now, focus on a positive season that will come next.
What will you call this season? Take your time to describe it using the above prompts.
Now, using your notes, write your haiku about seasons.
Just remember, it’s three lines of 5-7-5 syllables! Refer back to How to write Haiku guidelines.
Close your eyes and take another deep breath in …
and then back out …
How did you find it?
Many of us struggle to accept change, but it is an important part of growing up and maintaining positive well-being. It is healthier for us to consider life as a transition between moments, rather than being constantly frustrated by surprises we cannot control.
I hope you found focusing on the seasons a helpful metaphor for this mindset.
I like to see it as putting on a coat to venture out to the cold, or wearing sunglasses before basking in the sun. We are preparing ourselves to brave the elements at their best and their worst. And even then, no season is ever the same, in nature or in our lives. That’s exciting.
Once again, I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your day to visit Haiku for You. The poetry you have sent has been such a joy to read! I really hope this has helped you secure some peaceful moments to reflect and truly find yourselves.
Even though this is the final week, it doesn’t have to be the end of your haiku writing! I hope you all continue to write haiku on a daily basis. You can even refer back to these haiku writing prompts if you need a little inspiration. I have deliberately created them in a way that you can use them as many times as you want! I would love for this community to grow.
Feel free to share your haiku alongside any of the twelve posts! I will welcome your words! This certainly won’t be my final blog post, so, keep an eye out for my future articles and watch this space for a new season of writing exercises that will be ready and waiting to excite you!
Until then, remember that whatever season you find yourselves in right now, you are on your way to a new one!
Notice the beauty around you. Smell the flowers and the cut grass, catch the raindrops on your tongue, walk barefoot on the warm ground, and feel the sun on your tired eyes in the garden. Soon, the cold will come, and you are to enjoy that too.
Life is a season. Make the most of today and tomorrow, so you can look back at wonderful yesterdays.
Now, let’s haiku away!
If you are happy to, please leave your beautiful haiku about seasons in the comments section below each post.
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See last week – Haiku about Love