January 14, 2021
Happy New Year Everyone!
Two weeks into the new year and I still see houses with Christmas decoration up. I guess they’re trying to hang on to whatever joy they can find in this dark time we’re in.
I just posted our new newsletter, have a look. It’s a continuation of our January poetry themed newsletters.
I was trying to remember how we came up with the idea of featuring poetry to start the year back in 2004. I think it came from this cultural project that we had back then. We had interns that helped to make a calendar designed to inform people about Asian holidays celebrated around the world and here in the United States. Have a look at our 2004 calendar.
One of the first dates noted in the calendar was Kakizome – the traditional Japanese (and I believe other Asian cultures too) practice of writing poetry at the beginning of the new year. What a marvelous tradition – doing something creative that expressed our thoughts, hopes, and desires. At the cusp of the year ending and a new one beginning, it seems like the perfect time to do some contemplation and put it down in writing.
So if you’re in need of some comfort, please read our newsletter and perhaps write some poetry of your own. Maybe it could bring you as much joy as Christmas decorations. Couldn’t hurt.
Here are my New Year’s haikus -
They Know No New Year
All seems as normal
Grandma greets her grandchildren
Ah, I spot a mask
Tan threads in a pot
Watered small sphere hopes of life
Moss roses, come forth!
Ahh, Rhymes and Reasons
It's my own Canaan
Haikus coyright © 2021 by Leonard D. Chan
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