One True Sentence

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

Ernest Hemingway

My quirky writing project, RunHaiku, hit 1000 little poems this week. Begun about 1500 days ago, on Oct 15, 2017, I’ve documented my (nearly) daily runs three lines at a time for over four years, minus a few extended breaks.

The fun thing about daily projects is not the fame and fortune they (fail to) produce, but the change they bring to oneself.

RunHaiku started after I finished up Pay Attention, and became a daily reminder for myself to stay curious and attentive to my world. I might run the same path six times in a week, but there’s still something new to discover on the seventh.

Tommy Rivs brought up the above Hemingway quote in a recent interview with Rich Roll. Hearing it, I realized this was the purpose of the haiku, to distill a moment into some truth, whether it be funny, sad, or profound.

Thanks to all of you you’ve read my little poems, tried out haiku-writing yourselves, and who have encouraged me to keep going with my project.