A Haiku Walk


Clark Strand’s wonderful book on writing haiku, Seeds from a Birch Tree, is a wonderful source of ideas for naturewriting. One of my favorites is in his chapter called “Taking a Haiku Walk.” He describes walking in a meditative mind with a notebook for a few minutes each day. As we walk along observing nature we “collect” haiku like collecting seashells.

Clark Strand cites a wonderful quote from Matsuo Basho:

“There is one thing which flows through all great art, and that is a mind to follow nature, and return to nature.”

Idea: Take a ten minute walk around your neighborhood each day with a small notebook and pencil in your pocket. Observe closely the natural world and people interacting with it. When haiku “happen” stop and write them down.