Due to unforeseen circumstances at THF, this introduction by the Haiku of the Day Guest Editor is late. Apologies are extended to our readers.
Per Diem/Haiku of the Day for December 2022 features Guest Editor Gary Evans’ collection on the theme of Hope. This is what Gary has to say by way of introduction to this theme:
I began this little adventure as guest editor for December’s Haiku of the Day with the intention of finding poems that spoke of hope. Given these turbulent times, I thought hope was sorely needed and would be a great theme. I still do.
My search evolved over time, though. A couple friends advised that hope speaks to the future, whereas haiku speaks to the moment at hand. Special mention should be made of Robert Epstein, the haiku poet and psychologist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He graciously provided profound insights. We exchanged emails over the course of several months as this project progressed and a friendship resulted. Another poet-friend advised that hope really isn’t the most effective strategy to address life’s challenges.
Discussions such as these helped shape this month’s selections, steering my thinking from a laser-focus on hope and more toward poems that encourage a profound sense of gratitude for what we find in the present moment. And, perhaps, in those moments we can find hope.
Ah, the lessons we learn and must occasionally relearn!