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Just Breathe: Haikus for Week 13

November is the season of tight deadlines, hair-raising group projects and the dreaded final exams. Sometimes it can feel like it’s really hard to just breathe. But nothing says simplicity and elegance quite like a haiku.

Its form is economical, consisting of just three lines generally in a 5/7/5 line structure. It’s simple, succinct and just what you need–just like taking a deep breath after a long day. Here are three haikus on taking a breath in this intense period of the semester.

Remember: there is a light that never goes out.

A warm latte to soothe the senses. (Credit)

whiffs of strong caffeine

un-sigh

one cycle of breathing

This haiku is about the all too familar feeling of comfort from a warm cuppa, at the start or end of a long day. 

Every great essay starts with the willingness to try.
Every great essay starts with the willingness to try.

accumulated essays

to make peace with

a day at a time

One assignment at a time, one day at a time is the mantra that this haiku reminds us about.

Mornings at the bus stop are the best time for some quiet reflection
Mornings at the bus stop are the best time for some quiet reflection. (Credit)

test of mindfulness:

hazy mornings

at the bus stop

Take time to find moments of quiet just before the day begins.


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Claire Chan

Just Breathe: Haikus for Week 13