Three Things to Remember

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.”