by Mary Oliver
As long as you’re dancing, you can
break the rules.
Sometimes breaking the rules is just
extending the rules.
Sometimes there are no rules.
From A Thousand Mornings, New York: Penguin, 2013, page 19. These thoughts apply to any art, haiku or otherwise. Edith Shiffert once wrote about haiku that “There never were any rules, just fashions and preferences.”