Though the theme of haiku is most often nature, romantic haiku have also existed across the centuries and this volume features a poignant selection of them. Love Haiku is divided into three parts: yearning, passion, and remembrance.
Patricia Donegan explains in the introduction: “Rather than a neat ‘beginning, middle, and end,’ which rarely occurs with love, these themes highlight the elusive nature of love—for in one afternoon, or even one moment, love can go from passion to remembrance to yearning and back again. And even though we desire and feel that love is eternal, its shape and moods are not constant, but ever-changing, fleeting.”
Romantic haiku, continues Donegan, are mini-meditations on love and, if we pause with them for a few breaths, they will help us open our hearts and awaken.