Haikus for you

I’ve been fighting writer’s block for the last few weeks. It sucks. The End.

I almost submitted those three sentences as my entire Community article for this quarter. Don’t think Robbie would be too happy with me, though.

I searched high and low for ways to break the block. One suggestion was to write in a different style than the typical essay.

That’s why I’m composing this article as a series of haikus – a form of unrhymed poetry consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively.

I’ve never done this before. May never do it again. I’m not sure if haikus should be strung together like this.

But this exercise did help me express what I’m feeling right now about one of my favorite subjects … you.

Please remember the
profound difference you make
through the work you do.

Your job’s not easy.
You make it look that way, though,
because you still care.

You still serve and love
the members who struggle to
find financial peace.

You still serve and love
this movement that reaches for
those of modest means.

Too often, that work
takes more than you have to give.
The burnout creeps in.

Please do not give up.
You give hope to others that
the world has broken.

You are our conscience.
You show that it is still good
to put others first.

You are the proof that
“Love people and use money”
should not get twisted.

You are seen, my friend.
Your hard work and soft heart makes
everyone better.

Thank you all so much.
You may not hear that most days.
Let today be new.

Andy Janning

Andy Janning

Andy Janning is the author of the books Heroes, Villains, and Drunk Old Men and The Breast Cancer Portrait Project, an 8-time state and national award winner for overall excellence ... Web: andyjanning.com Details