daily her bread
I composed this haiku after reading about intentism on George Szirtes' blog. Does the intent of the author actually matter? Some readers may miss my intended word play, using the sound of the words 'but her' for example and still enjoy the haiku. Another writer may decide to run with this haiku and rework it in some particular direction having perceived my 'intent' as being a statement (a) for the small bakery businesses (b) against the growth of impersonal supermarkets (c) that to smile is as easy as to spread butter (d) that traditional home baked bread is healthier than mass produced bread (e) that people who smile sell more bread (f) for something I didn't intend. And all these are legitimate, even the last. The last especially, for it's the reader or critic or the next writer who will have the final say. The original author writes and then lets go.