I was thrilled to be invited by San Diego State University Communications Professor Patricia Geist-Martin, Ph.D., to present a virtual (Zoom) shortened session of Capturing Your Creativity With Haiku to her upper level undergraduate course – COM 428 class: Communicating Workplace Wellness.
This was on December 8th, one of the last days of the Fall, 2020 semester (and of course during the current challenging pandemic).
We started with Dr. Geist-Martin introducing me, followed by my brief bio, PowerPoint presentation and photos to encourage writing. The students had the choice of writing from several different prompts i.e. one of the photos that I showed to them, the best day in your life, or worst day in your life, pandemic related stress, love, nature, seasonal, etc.
What a wonderful afternoon! It was amazing how quickly the students formed their haiku! They were so attentive, enlightening . The session was interactive via audio or adding their haiku or questions or comments to the chat area. I added some suggestions with a few haiku…
Capturing Your Creativity with Haiku
Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN, SJF Communications
SDSU COM 428 – 12.8.2020
Love is happiness
The warmth and security
SJF suggestion: last line can be changed to: comfort, everlast!
The cold breeze is strong,
the sun falls behind the cliffs,
winter has begun
Lookout the window
Snow is falling from the sky
The candle brings warmth
Ninety days and night
Future grown in the sunlight,
Early retirement found.
Last line can be changed to: retire early? (with ? at the end)
Red nose, cooling breeze
Hot cocoa warming cold hands
Nights bring colored lights
Workplace wellness is
Thanks for your effort
SJF suggestion: 2nd line could be:
people/persons/students (either) communicating
Though we are deprived
I find myself healing with
You. Hope you stay well.
SJF suggestion: 2nd line can be : I find that I heal with you (7- heal is one syllable!)
SJF suggestion: 3rd line can be: I hope you stay well
I met you thank god
gently adventurous, you are
breeze to my summer
SJF suggestion: 2nd line can be: gentle, adventurous you
Family is here,
sitting around the fire pit,
this is Christmas time
SJF suggestion: 2nd line can be: sits around the fire pit
Morning desert light
First show the sun will put on today
Cold breeze turns to heat
SJF suggestion: 2nd line can be: first show sun puts on today
Whistle of the wind,
my soul flutters through the sky,
seeking peace in mind
The blissful nature,
calms my wandering mind
that comforts my soul
SJF suggestion: 2nd line can be: calms down my wandering mind
Staring at my love
Under a sky full of stars
Will you marry me?
Looking out to see
Something new in my landscape
To transform my life
Inside is raging
Silently hoping for change
Awaken what’s lost
What an amazing afternoon! Thank you to Dr. Patricia Geist-Martin for inviting me and for the students for participating!
Information about our Haiku workshops: https://sjfcommunications.com/upcoming-haiku-workshops/