The benefits of writing, the Haiku

Crayon 1Ahh the Haiku. Say it out loud to yourself a couple of times. Haiku. Haiku. Haiku. It’s pleasant isn’t? It’s as if a soft wind is lightly massaging your neck, slowly drifting by as you lookout over a deep and majestic mountain valley. In other words, it just evokes pure relaxation. That’s why many of us here at Schoolhouse Supplies not only frequent the word’s usage, but also gather around during breaks to recite our very own personal Haikus. Not surprisingly, ours are either about our favorite school supplies, or perhaps just a curious fellow that happened to catch our eyes somewhere in the Free Store.

Now, we know what you’re thinking; “Aren’t Haikus supposed to conjure up some sort of image of the natural world?” And yes, that is correct, the ancient Japanese poetry form does urge the use of Mother Earth’s pleasant and healing colored-pencilsvisions. But don’t worry. We still indeed subscribe to this practice. For example, we recite images of never-ending rainbows made out of colored pencils. Or stacks of novels resembling ancient mountains.

The point is, after our daily Haiku sessions – known around the office as, “Sapurai,” – it’s as if a tremendous weight has been lifted off of our shoulders. We’re more relaxed. Stress free. And, well, productive.

We know that the grind of your day is not at all easy and, at times, unbearably stressful. That’s why we want to help you relax, and read your very own Haiku about your favorite school supply. Do as we do and do and have fun with these. Place your favorite supply in majestic settings. Tell us how they make you feel. What they remind you of. Or what they inspire you to do. When you’re done, post your Haiku on our Facebook wall, or just leave it in the comment box below. We promise that after this exercise, you’ll feel reinvigorated and ready to take on anything. Just remember, a Haiku is a poem of seventeen syllables in three lines of five, seven, and five. Okay, so what are you waiting for? Let your zen flow, start writing, and begin feeling rejuvenated.

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