“Seasons Change” is a collection of haiku written with the intent of mirroring the seasons. Winter, spring, summer, and autumn all are showcased through select haiku. I wrote these haiku during different seasons of my life. While the four seasons were changing, I was going through changes as well. Each season has specific haiku that mirror that season. Whether it be through color, word choice, or memories. Each haiku shares different experiences in my life with my audience. “Seasons Change” is not about nature, but about the changing of seasons in people’s lives. I hope you enjoy my collection and can reminisce on your own seasons of change as you read mine.
My life has been greatly enriched by the literary art of reading and writing haiku. It has given me more than I could have ever expected. It has grown me in places that I had not realized I needed to grow. In high school, I was a very art-orientated student. I played violin for ten years and because it was a daily class, I always had a creative outlet from the time I was 9 years old until I graduated high school. However, in college, I lost that creative outlet. I was very school-focused and stopped doing things that allowed me to be creative and let my imagination roam. And then came global haiku, a class that gave me more than I knew I needed. I found myself having this outlet that I had not experienced in years. I was writing haiku, writing in my journal again, singing, drawing, etc. again. I found myself relieving stress in healthy ways again and writing haiku when I needed to release pent up emotions. Haiku gave me an outlet and reminded me to tap into those creative roots that had been neglected for so long.
Looking forward, I hope to pursue a career in clinical psychology. I never thought haiku and psychology would cross over in the impactful way they did. When I did my presentation on psychology haiku, I realized how much of a cross over they can have. George Swede is my inspiration and truly someone I greatly admire. His haiku touched me so deeply and after studying his work, I wrote some of my very best and favorite haiku. Giving a voice to those stories and giving them a different light was such an honor. I was able to create a beautiful piece of art, with stories of pain and neglect. That was an experience that grew me professionally and I am so thankful for that opportunity.
My social and personal life was also greatly affected by haiku. I wrote love haiku about my boyfriend, psychology haiku about my past trauma, and nature haiku about my reconnection to the environment. I felt like a more complete person after this course. I felt like I had found a piece of myself that had been missing for a while. Haiku has been an amazing outlet that has helped me gain back a little more peace in my life. That peace has made me a better partner, friend, sister, etc. and once again I cannot explain how thankful I am that this course and I stumbled into each other’s lives. Shania Dvorak, Spring 2020