Practices

I have been doing various daily practices for many years and they have been instrumental in my artistic and spiritual growth. For over 20 years I’ve been doing “morning pages” (from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron) which is doing 2 to 3 pages of stream-of-consciousness writing in longhand each day. For almost 20 years I’ve also been writing one haiku every day, which means I have a lot of haiku by now. And for about 5 years I’ve been doing what I call my “daily draw” which means I draw or paint or sculpt an image from the day before, sometimes illustrating the haiku I just wrote, or something I saw on my daily walk, or something I remember from a conversation, or whatever appears from my hands.

None of these writings or drawings has to be good, although sometimes they are excellent. But quality is not the issue, and despite the mounds of paper I now have filled with scribbles, poems, and drawings, neither is quantity. The issue is practice. In practice you are allowed to make mistakes, to be a novice, to admit your failings. Practice teaches you to love and appreciate yourself, in all your flawed and silly glory.

Practice makes me happy. Every day.

Haiku Friday: Home

WritersToday my haiku is from July 31st of my new book A Haiku Book of Days for Writers, Painters, Musicians, and Other Artists, one of a 7-book series. The topic for today is: “Home”

words pop out your mouth
once you birth them, they leave home
gone to see the world

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

Haiku Friday: Sounds

WritersToday my haiku is from July 24th of my new book A Haiku Book of Days for Writers, Painters, Musicians, and Other Artists, one of a 7-book series. The topic for today is: “Sounds”

from those simple things
cluttering your daily life
seventeen short sounds

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

Haiku Friday: Paradox

WritersToday my haiku is from July 17th of my new book A Haiku Book of Days for Writers, Painters, Musicians, and Other Artists, one of a 7-book series. The topic for today is: “Paradox”

despite all its rules
haiku is so flexible
long live paradox

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

Ghostwriting for a Dog: Why I Am Here

Delicious birthday cake on table on bright backgroundAlex Terrgi here. Tomorrow is my human’s birthday, and she says she does not want to ghostwrite for me today, because she is taking three days off to celebrate. She says she is not going to write another word until this coming Friday, and that includes ghostwriting for me.

Hah. I’ll believe that when I see it. I’m not sure she can live without writing something. It’s what she does. In fact, here’s the haiku she wrote just yesterday.

Please, on my headstone
Etch one of my best haiku
It’s why I was here

 I too know why I am here. It’s to love her.

Haiku Friday: Googling

SpiritualToday my haiku is from April 24th of my new book A Haiku Book of Days for Spiritual Seekers, Dreamers, and Other Lovers of Magic and Mystery, one of a 7-book series. The haiku topic for today is “Googling”:

roam through your wonder
googling is not always good
it leads nowhere new

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

Haiku Friday: Pooh

SpiritualToday my haiku is from April 17th of my new book A Haiku Book of Days for Spiritual Seekers, Dreamers, and Other Lovers of Magic and Mystery, one of a 7-book series. The haiku topic for today is “Pooh”:

sprinkle magic dust
drop in on Pooh and Piglet
sit in Charlotte’s web

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

Haiku Friday: Leap

SpiritualToday my haiku is from April 10th of my new book A Haiku Book of Days for Spiritual Seekers, Dreamers, and Other Lovers of Magic and Mystery, one of a 7-book series. The haiku topic for today is “Leap”:

gods play hide and seek
leaping over patterned squares
you know they are here

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here

Ghostwriting for a Dog: Leftovers

Frosted BrowniesAlex Terrgi here. Last week my human read me a dog haiku because she knows I like those best. I do, too. Especially this one:

oh boy, leftovers!
what humans throw away, and
how wolves became dogs

Leftovers – such a beautiful word. It means surprise treats. The kind that fall out of the sky (or from the table) and land right in front of your nose. Chicken or cheese or hamburger bits, even buttered toast can be good. It’s good for my human too – it means that I clean up the floor really good so she doesn’t have to.

But sometimes …one day she ate something she obviously liked. It was dark and smelled sweet. She dropped a piece on the floor and I thought I’d try it too, if it was so good. But before I could get to it, she shrieked “No Alex!” and dived onto the floor and scooped it up. If you’ve never seen a human dive it’s really something to see, believe me. I didn’t know she could move so fast.

“No chocolate for you, Alex,” she said, after she threw that perfectly good leftover in the garbage. I don’t get it. If she can eat it, why can’t I?

Human rules make no sense.

Haiku Friday: Giving

haiku pic 2Here’s my haiku for today, on the topic of “Giving”:

do not count the cost

go ahead and pay the price

give until you die

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.