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Mary Jane BeVard
Poet
The inspiration for this haiku was a comparison of two distinctive motions. An evening of entertainment during a trip to Turkey included local dancers, especially Whirling Dervishes. Later the swirling movement of the wind blowing raked piles of leaves in my neighborhood reminded me of those dervishes’ mystical whirling.

My creative process can start at any moment, whenever an idea for a haiku pops into my head. Just before I fall asleep at night, I draft potential haiku lines in my mind and memorize the most promising ones. The next day I write down the lines in my mind and further refine them. A haiku is an excellent way to present an idea compactly.

Wind disrupts raked leaves
Once peaceful piles now swirling
whirling dervishly

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