Heraclitus Gets Us Thinking

Remember: τὰ πάντα ῥεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει… but haiku stays still.
Enjoy Charlotte Digregorio’s perceptive insight about the relationship between the flow and the permanence in life and poetry.

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Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher who died in 475 BC, said “All is flux, nothing stays still.”

This reminds me of why I write haiku and senryu. Capturing the moment is what it’s all about. All of our experiences, even significant ones, often get lost in our brains, but haiku and senryu give us a chance to bring them to the surface whenever we re-read what we’ve written.

And when we don’t recognize an experience as a vital one, if we read someone’s haiku that is similar to an experience or moment that we’ve experienced, it gives us the opportunity to understand its significance. We realize that it isn’t trivial, because someone else took the time to recognize and write about it.

I try to look at many of my experiences with gratitude, even the ones that aren’t such happy ones. Perhaps they’ve given me necessary insights or taught me lessons…

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