An abstract portrait–
with laugh lines framing the sides
of my painted face.
It took me about a half an hour to brainstorm this Haiku. In this slack post expansion, I wanted to go over my thought process as I wrote it.
During the initial stages of my brainstorming, I played with the idea of scars quite a bit, as they’re one of the most obvious marks our experiences can leave on our bodies. After composing a Haiku following that line of thought, however (visible in the upper right hand corner of the above photo), I wasn’t satisfied. My Haiku felt completely disconnected from who I am, and needlessly edgy. I do have scars (most people do), but they aren’t me–they’re not representative of my archive.
I decided I’d write something a bit more positive, and that brought me to laugh lines. Wrinkles! Another common mark our experiences leave on our bodies. As I am a very smiley person, I’m sure that when I’m older I’ll have fairly deep laugh lines around my eyes and mouth; I already have a few now. That – and the painting class I was taking at the time – led me to my Haiku.