To some degree the haikuist is constantly trying to capture the full complexity of a human experience, but in the fewest words possible. — John Paul Lederach.
In my senior year in high school we had to compose a few haikus. You remember a haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.
Great orators, like my friend Luis Leon, find ways to to take the very complex and with intensity and directness of expression “capture the simplicity on the other side of the complexity.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes.
We all live very complex lives, but our goal shouldn’t be to take away the complexity, but to seek out the simplicity on the other side. In other words, to create a haiku. To discover the poetry in our life.