Per Diem: Daily Haiku for March 2021 features Maureen Sexton’s collection on the theme of ‘Aerial Arthropods’. This is what Maureen has to say by way of an introduction to this theme:
Haiku offer a new way of seeing what we have always seen, but perhaps never been fully aware of. To capture the extraordinary in the ordinary, what better way is there than to explore flying insects? I’ve always been in awe of them, dragonflies, butterflies and bees in particular. The dragonfly’s wings are amazing, like stained glass windows. The beauty of butterflies is exquisite and bees are so important in pollinating plants to continue our existence. These small creatures are such an important part of our lives. They are essential to humans, yet they are so often either overlooked or even destroyed. They all have a place in a healthy ecosystem. Even the annoying mosquito has its place.
Haiku highlights our interconnectedness with each other as humans and as part of nature. The poet, Mary Oliver said, “I don’t want to end up simply having visited the world” and neither do I. I want to experience the world and be astounded every day. Here we have 31 haiku writers from around the world sharing their moments in time. I hope you enjoy connecting with them and their experiences with flying insects.
Guest Editor: Maureen Sexton