A RITUAL TO SHARE WITH STRANGERS
1. Write a Haiku (or 'Myku') that captures the moment in which it is written.
2. Print the poem, or hand copy it out, onto a small piece of paper about 3cm by 5cm. Don’t forget to include the date and your name/initials.
3. Fold the poem in half and carefully put it in your pocket.
4. Go for a walk.
5. As you walk along the road recite the poem to yourself in your head.
6. Consider the words and their place in your walk.
7. How has the walk changed the moment? How has the walk reinforced the moment?
8. As you walk collect 4 stones of decreasing size, each a different colour, shape and/or texture. The largest should be around the size of the folded paper.
9. Find a place that is used by local people or strangers. E.g. a bus stop.
10. Place the poem in a protected, visible location.
11. Cover with the largest stone.
12. Start to recite the poem from memory.
13. Place each stone on top of the other in size order, largest to smallest going upwards; to build a small cairn.
14. If the cairn collapses, restart the build and restart the poem.
15. When the cairn is complete and stable, recite the poem as if confiding a secret to an invisible stranger.
16. Let the poem go from your mind.
17. Return home.
The following pieces are written as 'myku'. They contain an extra syllable in the second line.