The Problem of Pain

the-scream-health-fitness-revolution

It’s always been problematic for haiku poets to tackle the topic of pain. It’s often considered too personal, too subjective to translate well into a genre known for its static observations of nature. I would argue, however, that pain and suffering are as inseparable from nature as joy and beauty, and that as long as the poet avoids pitfalls like “telling instead of showing”, there are plenty of opportunities for poignant observation that should resonate well with an audience.

I for one like to lead the reader into the periphery — staying out of the examination room and instead remaining in the waiting room.

waiting room —
all the crossword puzzles
filled in

I’m of the opinion that one should tell the reader as little as possible, describing one or more of the attributes of a chronic pain condition, and not offering an explanation but rather a simple observation.

sunrise —
a deep breath
before tying my shoes

And while I don’t like using the word “pain” in a haiku, there are always exceptions:

new moon —
I ask
about pain meds

I feel better already.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s