While a lot of places are shouting about “Back to School,” we wanted to celebrate the last bits of summer first! Whether you’re at the beach, on the backcountry trail, or relaxing on your back porch in the sun, Moleskine Volants are lightweight, flexible, and can travel anywhere with you so you don’t miss that spark of inspiration. Below are a few haiku that came to us.
Giveaway: Can you whip up a haiku about summer? Share it in the comments and you could win a set of 2 Moleskine Large Plain Volant Notebooks in black! We’ll pick a random winner on Wednesday 8/8 and announce it on the blog around noon that day.
** You can submit up to three haiku.
** This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.
What is a haiku?
A haiku is a Japanese poem with a total of seventeen syllables, broken into three lines (traditionally of five, then seven, then five syllables). Haiku in English don’t always follow the strict syllable count, and they can be endlessly creative, so have fun with it! Read more about haiku on Wikipedia.
Happy Friendship Day (which is this Sunday, August 5th)! Where would we be without our friends? I know that I, for one, would be lost without them. My friends mean the world to me, and I try to make sure that they know! In this day of social networks, texting and emails, a handwritten letter can be a light on a dark day.
Sometimes life can take over and a cherished friendship falls to the wayside. So how do you get back in touch? Personally, I send them a postcard. I love art postcards, and every museum I have ever been to, I always pick up a handful of postcards. I find one that speaks to me and I fill it out – telling them that I miss them, and hope they contact me back. A postcard is small enough so it doesn’t get awkward trying to think of things to write about, but long enough to get your point across – that you miss them and want them to know it.
Showing your current friends how you appreciate them can be an exercise in creativity! You can send them a homemade card – take a blank folded note card and draw, paint or make a collage on the outside, fill out the inside, and send it off.
Or you can do something really different and send them a book letter. My best friend, J, lives in New York City. We have known each other for over a decade, and we always write letters to each other. For Christmas last year, I decided to send her a book letter instead of just a letter. We were at a gallery earlier that year and she remarked how she loved this one particular blank notebook, so while she was perusing one section of the gift store, I bought the notebook.
My friend is an artist – a phenomenal painter and I have a lot of her work in my house. And I am a writer. So I thought about doing something a little different: I was going to write her a poem and in this notebook, I was going to document HOW I was writing it. And then the last page of the book would be the finished product, the poem itself. It was something different; something she could keep that would be personal and just for her.
Sending a note to an old friend is always fun as you have so many ways to get your message across. Create your own collage card, send a quick and personal postcard, or opt to write a traditional letter. Consider sending your friend an inspirational quote, or introducing them to a new poem.
Celebrate your friends this Friendship Day and every day. Let them know you care about them and think about them by sending them a note. I know they will appreciate it!
Meet the Writer: Akhila Jagdish is a writer and editor in the process of starting her own editorial services company, The Crafted Word. She loves making lists, collecting journals, reading, drinking wine and cooking.