Per Diem/Haiku of the Day for May 2022 features Guest Editor John S. Green’s collection on the theme of Early Childhood. This is what John has to say by way of introduction to this theme:
Children are endowed with the capacity to absorb their environment—a natural process which is spontaneous in the human being from birth. During this early stage—the first 2,000 days, before formal schooling begins—the most important education happens. A love for nature is developed in the initial years when the foundation of the psychic life of the child is formed. Periods of deep concentrated activity create a human spirit that is radiant, refreshed, and satisfied with a profound feeling of joy.
Granted, if all newborns grew up in heartening households, the world would soon be a more peaceful place. However, many early childhoods are not idyllic. Just as positive environments grow a child’s brain, negative happenings can inhabit and inhibit the impressionable human being. Much that we ourselves are, as adults, has been made by the child in the first five years of life.
—John S. Green
See also our Haiku of the Day Archive.