An invitation: Museum Haiku Group
Remember back when you were in grade school and wrote haiku? The old 5-7-5 syllable form from Japan about nature?
Here’s a chance to reconnect the synapses and try it out again, this time with a new mission and with a worldwide group of museum friends. We’re forming a “Museum Haiku Group” with the goal of writing and sharing haiku daily (mostly) over a 2-4 week period, once each season. A “haiku sprint.” Over time, we’ll collect a series of seasonal snapshots from around the world.
A few thoughts to get started:
- Haiku doesn’t really have to be 5-7-5. The main goal is to capture an experience of nature in a few brief phrases. If you want to go 5-7-5, that’s fine though…
- More important is that it connect with nature (or seasons), and that it can have an energetic twist or observation embedded in it.
- Committing to do this daily will change your experience of nature — I look wider at the world when I’m outside, and feel closer to it. It occupies my mind with pleasant images when I might otherwise just be spacing out or worrying.
- Don’t worry about sharing bad haiku. We’ll all be doing it. And if you write 10 haiku, amongst the bad ones will be at least one that captures a moment that you’ll want to share widely. (I’ve posted some at: http://bradlarson.tumblr.com/)
- You don’t have to work in a museum to participate. Many of us do (or did at one time). But if you’re interested in museums, that’s enough. Join us!
Interested? Send an email to haiku (at) bradlarson.com. We’re figuring out the format: an open facebook group, tumblr page, or wordpress blog. Let me know if you have a preference…
Walk by in a rush
something on the ground is art
that I just stepped on