Haiku – Compass

You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging much lately – life and work are getting in the way. Some of my favourite blogs have shut down recently, and I have contemplated doing the same… I’ve decided not to. I don’t know how much writing I’ll get to do, and how much I can share with you (am trying to work on some longer short stories and fiction), but I’ll still be around whenever I can πŸ™‚

This is something I wrote this morning. A little haiku for the lovers…


I was lost in love
Heart’s compass re-calibrates
Now points me to you




Picture courtesy of : flickr.com/photos/chatterstone/21387614233

115 thoughts on “Haiku – Compass

  1. Too much of a good thing makes us take you for granted. Finding your right output pace is important & I’d be happy to see longer pieces at less frequent intervals with haiku and other (zombie-related?) verse sprinkled in between πŸ™‚

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      • I’m constantly having to adjust and will be adjusting again as I start writing new material, which for me takes big chunks of time. It’s a never-ending balancing act. But we are all in the same boat, so we have to understand and hopefully honor each other’s choices. I’m excited that you are still writing and working on some longer pieces of fiction. I’ll be paying attention πŸ™‚

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        • πŸ™‚ One of the problems for my writing style is it is completely conditioned for short formats – so every word is agonised over, plots (such as they are) are mono-themed, characters only sketched out… it’s like making the transition from sprints to marathons!

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  2. After months of putting most of our efforts into our blogs, we all seem to realize after a while that it is extremely time-consuming and that other – usually more important – tasks or occupations don’t get the attention they deserve. I’m glad you are still around, Al, and I respect and appreciate that you post when it suits you best. This blogging can be quite draining and the expectations quite high… I don’t know how some people manage to put all their time and energy in daily or almost daily blogs (plus social media), except when they bring in revenue.

    Liesbet @ Roaming About

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    • Thanks Liesbet – that last bit is the killer. Creating and sharing new content is what I enjoy most, but there’s a financial reality to life too, that impacts on your time and energy beyond the working day. I just need to find the best balance for me πŸ™‚

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  3. Love this.

    Regarding the blog. Try cutting down first to see if that helps. I have lost two dozen of my favorite blogs recently. Bloggers who have become good friends. It is a little disheartening, but if you have a need to express your creativity, there is no better platform.

    Best of luck in your decision. I will truly miss your little short writes that I have come to appreciate. Be well.

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  4. There seems to be an epidemic of people “leaving”at the moment, it always makes me sad because, unless you absolutely have to, there’s no need, is there? Just post whenever you get the chance, we never signed a contract stating we had to post every day when we decided to create a blog πŸ˜‰

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    • I think if you asked ten different leavers, you’d get ten different answers. I know some, for example, who have finished a particular chapter in their lives and want to move onto the next thing. There’s a continuous cycle of creation in the blogiverse, and I guess for that to sustain there also needs to be a certain amount of destruction, however much we wish otherwise πŸ™‚

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      • I can totally understand moving on to the next thing but why the need to delete blogs like I’ve seen so many people do? It can stay out there, even if you’re done with it, if only as a testament to your past…that’s just my humble opinion though 😊

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        • I had the same conversation with one blogger who shut down their site, starting with your point. I think the danger of “confessional” blogging is that if your feelings move on, then you really don’t want that testament staying out there forever, electronically, especially when people in their offline life can access that. The only reason I’d ever delete this blog would be if I’d got a deal to publish a whole bunch of poems from here, and that was the quickest way to remove them from public view. (Basically, I’d do it for a combination of greed and laziness πŸ™‚ ) Like I said, if you asked ten different leavers/deleters, I bet you’d get ten different reasons. πŸ™‚

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  5. This is lovely. And I hope you don’t disappear completely! That would be very sad. 😦 No need to do that… just blog when you can, even if it’s rare. I’ve never really understood why anyone would shut down completely. (But if that turns out to be best for you, you should, of course, do that…) But I hope you leave it and come back whenever. I’d certainly miss you and your posts and your sense of humor. There are no blogging rules… you don’t have to post much… or even visit much! β™₯

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  6. Wonderful haiku Al.
    I will really miss you if you stop blogging. I have cut down a bit myself lately, but could imagine giving it up altogether.
    I will look forward to seeing your posts as and when you write them! πŸ™‚

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  7. Thanks for the lovely haiku Al, I was indeed getting worried, maybe you were secretly watching the British team sweeping the medals at Rio. I don’t know what they were motivated by But I would love some. I have distant memories of the Aussies always leading everyone else at the Commonwealth games and even the Brits at the Olympics but not any more. Was Boris Johnson the team psychologist?
    ps don’t abandon blogging….

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  8. Hi Al. I still remember what you said to me when I was in the process of moving and posted that I wouldn’t be around for awhile. You said, “Life comes first.” Follow your heart and you will find the way. Take care my friend! ❀

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