Finding time out of your work life for the sake of doing what you love has become the most sought after thing in my life. I believe that it must be for all those who are working so hard and good to pay their bills and providing for their families. So, I stole a few hours from my busy life, after a long time, to rekindle my broken connections with poetry.
It was a jam session organized by HaikuJAM, named – Write Poems Together in Kolkata! at the famous Oxford Bookstores, and believe me, I had never imagined it would be so enthralling to take part.
For those who are unfamiliar with Haiku or HaikuJAM – Haiku is a form of short poetry comprised of just seventeen
syllables, three lines with five, seven, five syllables in each. It originated in Japan. Although traditionally, Haiku were written strictly as per rules and mostly creating vivid natural imageries, nowadays Haiku has taken various less strict and creative forms.
HaikuJAM is an app which helps people collaborate, and join their lines and hearts together to create a Haiku. It is so simple that you just need to add a few words on any topic and other two jammers will join you to finish the next lines of the Haiku. The idea of HaikuJAM reminds me of my teenage dream, that someday I will find someone who would complete my unfinished rhymes.Not all in this world, would finish your unfinished, and forgotten verse. Click To Tweet
Indeed, those we collaborate with on HaikuJAM are people who are seeking for solace through words, they are special. Writing is therapeutic and writing with someone is magical. It heals broken hearts and jolly up any mind.
Cofounder of HaikuJAM, Dhru, hosted this event. He shared his experience in UK where HaikuJAM took shape from a crude idea. He made us understand how when either you write a Haiku or develop a product with others, collaboration makes room for unanticipated thoughts and ideas which makes us learn and grow.
In the four hour jam session (when time flew away so fast), jammers took pens and sheets to scribble the content of their minds and passed on the unfinished Haiku for others to finish. We wrote about God, love, Sunday, Suicide, Boss, Hope, politics, women cricket, three word joke, six word story and what not. All these over a cup of yummilicious tea. The session went friendlier and cozier for me and my roommate Vishakkha, who hardly knew anyone there, as the minutes passed by. The best part of it was when in the end all of us read out Haiku aloud. I wish it had never come to an end.
Poetry, I have always believed is the soul of my life and when poetic dreamers unite, flutters around the words that are magic and that can move hearts and bring a change. Reminded me of these beautiful lines by Robin Williams from Dead Poets Society –
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
Thanks HaikuJAM for such a lovely experience. 🙂