It has been one of those darn frustrating days I find myself working on an art project and then discover I should have reviewed the important part of the project before beginning it. Remember the standard rule: measure twice then cut! Oh sigh.
It took me two days to paint with watercolors a few small sketches on hot press w.c. paper: An agate, shamrock, and a blue robin’s egg shell I collected while on several walks; and a heron that I observed while taking photo shots of water birds along the lagoon trail.. Since the sketches were of nature, the idea of adding some haiku for each sketch was born. So it took another day carefully arranging words in 3 lines relating to each sketch in what I thought was Haiku form.
According to ancient Japanese haiku standards there are 3 lines: First line contains 5 syllables; second 7; and third 5, with a total of 17 syllables. The painting project was completed so I enthusiastically went forward with the haiku expression using what I thought to be the haiku style, 7 5 7 with a total of 19 syllables not knowing I had reversed the numbers.
The next part of the project was taking several photo shots of the finished project using my camera and scanner then after over 30 attempts finally produced a somewhat acceptable copy to share on my W.P. post. “Thank goodness, finally it’s completed and ready.” “First better do some checking on spelling of haiku” and that’s when I discovered half my day just went down the drain!
Not letting this failure get the best of me, I decided to post the project even with the broken rule in haiku. Even still, I enjoyed the challenge of arranging words to form a meaningful expression with words relating to my sketches. I will definitely do this again using the correct form. This was my first attempt creating haiku so please advise me with your critique.