I have an added note to my daily Haiku posting today. Yesterday I picked up a copy of Natalie Goldberg’s latest book, “Three Simple Lines” which is about her trip to Japan researching the Haiku Masters Basho, Shiki, Issa, Buson, et al. Just in the first few pages I have gained a new insight to the art of Haiku. The biggest one is that it does not have to adhere to the five-seven-five syllable lines as I was taught back in a college lit class. The other is that it is not only just three simple lines, but three simple lines that convey a message that can be taken either literally or with a deeper meaning of the Zen mind. So for now, Happy New year and here is today’s Haiku for your thoughtful pleasure.
The old man plods slowly with his gnarled stick. The mountain was high.