In Praise of the Lowly Haiku

We all experience moments that seize our attention. We pause, listen, look, and look again. It might seem to us as if this pause stops the flow of time. I think of these as haiku moments.

Most of us will remember learning in school about this Japanese form of poetry. It’s easy to dismiss the haiku as a poetic trifle because it is so brief. A classic haiku contains just three lines totaling 17 syllables — five on…