Heeding Haiku With HA: Emotions

One is certain of nothing but the truth of one’s own emotions.

-Howards End by E.M. Forster

Emotions have always played with me and I have played with my emotions. It is an adversity that life takes a toll in this childish play. As we deal with the emotions that rise and set like the sun within ourselves, we get familiarized with them, their edges, their innards, their truth.

We rely on our emotions; they guide us in life. Fear and love, while being feelings, are also emotions. Having emotions make us human; they are a reaction to life and living, they are a reaction to society and relationships. But if we discard everything and live in a dormant stage, would we be influenced by our emotions in a similar fashion?

That quote above always makes me think of different scenarios in which we could keep our emotions at bay. Should we develop a shield so that we are no longer affected? To not be affected would take the truth from us. As much as we focus on the practical, there is going to be that emotional side one should not escape from but rather embrace to come out as a more self-actualized and self-realized being.

We often do get trapped in the labyrinth of our complex emotions and for that we must have our own Ariadne’s string in the form of our conviction to lead a balanced life. It is a struggle for me and may be for you as well. But let us add our own tactics in this game between us and our emotions.

a long deep breath of relief
by the blue of sky


a swift squirrel
munching on stale bread-
a true desire


Sweet and simple, I would like you to think of emotions while writing a haiku or tanka or both for the prompt this week. And kindly participate in this poll:

What to do next?

1. Publish a post with your haiku or tanka if you have a blog. If you haven’t got a blog, you can share them in the comments down below. In case you have published a post, you can submit its link in the linking widget.

2. After you have made the post, take some of your time and visit the links of other participants. This is how we learn and improvise. Return again at the end of the week if you have made your post during the weekdays because there would be new links to visit, which would help us all to make connections and develop the feeling of community and togetherness in our adventure every week. Even if you can’t take out the time to visit all the links, then visit at least the link shared before or after you and offer your feedback and develop comradeship with that person.

You can also add the following tags to your post: HeedingHaikuWithHA and MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie.

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  1. HA,

    Often others who host sites ask for direction when they become unsure of where to go next. Ultimately remember … you are the host.

    I am inspired by many things, well everything. So I cannot just pick one thing over another. This is truly a case where whatever you provide, your choice fitting your mood – following your path as both guide and perhaps even sometimes student, that you alone must decide. Allow your intuition to open as many doors as you wish.

    Be back later with a piece or pieces… maybe some peace. ~hugs, Jules


  2. I would say just go with what inspires you that week. Best to just roll with the punches…sometimes you just gotta ride the wind and see where it takes you and us.


    • Also, just to add how much I like the first haiku here and the mingling of the individual and the natural world in these lines –
      ‘a long deep breath of relief
      by the blue of sky’


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