Haiku Hope 1 – Succumb

Welcome! Are you looking for ideas for more pointless distractions?

Then you’re in the right place. Welcome to Haiku Hope!

As part of the Creative Coping Strategies campaign I’ve already introduced ‘Crap Poems’ and ‘Weird Words’ – little tasks for me to get involved in and showcase to you how simple it can be to use imaginative distraction.

Remember your creativity is your own and there are so many things you can do outside of writing it it’s not your thing.

Redecorating a room, dying your hair, trimming and redesigning your beard, reading a new style of book and even taking photos are on the list, and there’s loads more. You’ll find more ideas on the CCS page of the site.

The whole point is that creativity is ready for you in a moment of anxiety or panic. You can have multiple strategies if you need them. Something in your handbag or pocket, something in your dressing table, something saved on your phone – the more places they are ready and waiting the more likely you are to manage better and return to life later feeling less stressed.

And you’re lucky, unlike me you have the option to keep your creativity private. Make whatever you want and then throw it away, pack it away or display it to the world.

If you never tell another soul about it that’s absolutely fine!

Make sure it’s safe, legal and easy to find when you need it and you’re ready to go!

So, the final creative venture I’m going to showcase for silliness is the short and poetically sweet Haiku.

If you’re not familiar, in its very basic form a Haiku is a 3 line Japanese style of poem with only one rule, a syllable count of 5, followed by 7, followed by another 5.

They format is incredibly simple to learn and there are some really memorable ones out there.

My first Haiku is called ‘Succumb’ and came to me when I was listening to music with my child.

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Succumb

I’m a survivor

Destiny’s Child incorrect

Start again Monday

Nothing more than listening to the song and hearing the immortal words…

  • Thought that I would fail by now
  • But I’m on top
  • Thought it would be over by now
  • But it won’t stop

Takes me back to a life filled with proving to others that I could be more than the mess I’d become.

It’s something I’m still trying to prove.

Published by stephc2021

Hi! I'm Steph, an amateur writer and illustrator specialising in Mental Health and being a self-confessed Spoonie. My website is home to any successful fiction I create, with stories that have won so far covering difficult subjects such as baby loss and mental health in grief as well as some funny and heart-warming tales when I get the inspiration. Every drawing and picture on my website was created by me. I spend a lot of time coming up with illustrations to accompany all of my posts and pages. I try to create original content across all of my channels, whether I'm writing about my own fiction or just generally musing on mental health or my own issues. I want to be part of the change because I believe the understanding of MH in the UK is getting better, but has a very long way to go. By being honest about my own struggles and symptoms I think others will relate and hopefully it will encourage them to talk to someone and get the help and support they need. Long term my goal is to help children too, help them understand their own mental health and how to help with the mental health of those around them. I live in the UK with my partner, daughter and dog, I swear frequently and I adore a well made, traditional, gooey, chocolatey, delicious brownie.

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