|captured moment, bee to flower 2013|
One thing the writing of haiku accomplishes--it makes you want to look around at what most of the time is commonplace and find the beauty in it. Japanese poet and painter Yosa Buson (1716-1784) expressed it this way: "Use the commonplace to escape the commonplace."
Other inspiring quotes on what it means to really look:
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." --Henry David Thoreau
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." --Albert Einstein
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not." --artist Georgia O'Keefe
"Do days go by when you are too busy to write haiku until a pressing deadline forces you to look! and there they are, haiku all around you?" --Jane Reichhold
Still learning to look--with the goal of really seeing--and sharing day twelve haiku:
lone thistle in field--
how can this proud beauty be
considered a weed?