the strength of the cow
forgotten until she flexes
Today’s prompt was “is” or the essence of being.
Haiku: A haiku is a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature or the season intuitively linked to the human condition. A short poem originating from Japan. The point of this type of poetry is to record a moment. They are usually about nature. You usually don’t see the word “I” in haiku and 2 or more haiku are still called ‘haiku’ not ‘haikus’.
An ideal haiku should be short/long/short. Modern haiku found in most of today’s journals are not 5/7/5.
To learn more about haiku go to my What is Haiku? page at the top.
To learn more about other poetry forms go to my Definitions Page at the top.
watching to see if
I can catch a butterfly
in my hands
It’s that time of year again, time for the shortest form of poetry in the shortest month. I will try really hard to post my haiku poem every day. I make no promises about at what time that will happen nor how great it will be. All I can say is… stay tuned.
The prompts look like they will be fun and engaging this year. Today’s prompt was to write a haiku about haiku. How do you think I did?
Even if you don’t write haiku, or even if it isn’t your favorite type of poetry, please consider sharing poets’ work this month. It is getting harder to share your stuff on social media as all of the sites like Facebook now hide your posts, in hopes that you will pay to make them appear. So please subscribe or follow me, and any other poets that you like, and check out the hashtag #NaHaiWriMo on Twitter.
Also, to make life easier on myself, this is the image that will be attached to all of my 2017 haiku posts.
Image by Mel from Stirrup Queens
I have stumbled upon something and I think it’s great and I think we all need to participate this year.
Apparently, the first full week of January has been declared International Blog Delurking Week some time long ago. It runs this year from the 1st until the 8th.
If you are a blogger, I think you need to make a post about this holiday. (check my source here) Fellow blogger Mel has even given us an image for the holiday. I would ask that you visit her blog and say “Thanks” if you use the image.
If you are a reader, you need to leave a comment. If you are a blogger I hope you leave comments on the blogs where you lurk.
It is fairly easy. Leave a comment in the comment section below admitting that you’re here. You can show that you’re here with a one-word “here” comment or you can tell us a bit about yourself. Mel from Stirrup Queens suggested that her readers tell her about their favorite book. I would love to know about your favorite book.
So….. who’s here??
stand at the ready
anticipating the sting
having to touch the cabinet
work day in winter
Hey guys, I hope you remembered what starts today and I hope you are able to write your own haiku poem for the first day of National Haiku Writing Month. If you are unsure of the rules/definition/form of haiku then please go to my What is Haiku? page. Feel free to direct any friends there who may be unsure of what is happening in the poetry community this month. Also, tell them to check out the Facebook page where most of us meet to get a prompt and share our work. Today’s prompt is “zap”.
To make this easier on myself, I think I will use 1 image for this week, and then I will pick a different image to use for all of my posts next week. If I am going to share my poetry with you every day I will have to streamline things, and I want to share my haiku with you every day this month. I may end up skipping writing a post on Saturdays and Sundays, and posting all three on Monday, but I will try to make a short post every day. Today’s is long because I like to explain things fully.
Even if you don’t write haiku, or even if it isn’t your favorite type of poetry, please consider sharing your friends and favorite bloggers’ work this month. It is getting harder and harder to share on social media as all of the sites like Facebook now hide your posts (in hopes that you will pay to make them appear). So please subscribe to and follow any poets that you like and check the hashtag #NaHaiWriMo on Twitter and Facebook.
So if you are subscribed to my blog you know that I have written some short stories, but was too scared to share them. This is the first 100-word story that I ever wrote for Friday Fictioneers. I did not share it because I chickened out. I believe I wrote it on August 30, 2014. Here is the post that inspired it. What do you think? Would you like to see more 100-word stories?
Remember – the photo below is what inspires the story – it is not mine.
photo credit: Madison Woods
Thy Name Is…
She wished she knew its name.
That would bring her some comfort. If she could give a name to what had taken her best friend, she would feel better. She was sure this was the thing because she could see that her dog Molly had chewed on it. Slobber still foamed from Molly’s mouth.
She wondered if it would hurt her if she got any on her. Molly deserved a proper burial. She carefully put her hands under Molly’s back, lifted her, and carried her toward the shade tree in the backyard.
Here is my first real-time attempt at joining Friday Fictioneers. I have been reading the short stories of others for over 2 years and finally got the courage to join in. Friday Fictioneers is a group of bloggers that write 100-word stories after being inspired by a photo posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We are allowed to use the photo in our post, and encouraged to leave each other comments. I will not be joining Concrit but I will be reading other bloggers’ stories and trying to leave comments. I always appreciate anyone who takes the time to leave a comment on any of my posts.
photo credit: Luther Siler
She was a goner now. She had broken the most expensive thing in the building: that big stupid bird.
She had hated that thing from the moment he sat it in the lobby. She tried to tell him they were not a theme park, but he hadn’t listened. He thought that children would like it.
She complained to her co-workers about it. They’d never believe she had knocked it over on accident.
Tasha wondered for a moment if she could hide it until she could call a repair man.
Then she heard a wail, “Mommy! What happened to the birdie?”
I have gotten to the point where I feel I am not terrible at haiku, in fact, I think I’ve written a couple of good ones. So naturally, that means it’s time to embarrass myself in another genre. I am thinking about joining a weekly writing challenge. My poetry well has been dry for a while, but I am itching to write a story. I wrote some short stories last summer but could not bring myself to share them on this blog, and was advised by one person not to mix my short stories with my poetry.
I do not have it in me to run another blog, I just don’t! So, I just couldn’t find the courage to share my short stories when my focus group wasn’t wowed. To be fair short noir stories are not what my friends are used to seeing from me. They are used to short poems about flowers. So I thought, maybe if I joined a writing community where people are used to seeing all kinds of short stories… maybe I could find some support/community/understanding. This group is called Friday Fictioneers.
There is a sub-group to this group called Concrit, I definitely do not have the courage to join it, but I would like to read those stories and possibly leave them some comments. I will not leave them any criticisms seeing as how I can barely take criticism myself.
So anyway, here is an example to what I am thinking of doing every Friday from now until I get too upset/tired/scared/angry to join in anymore. Please, please, give me some feedback! They will always be stories that are 100 words long and inspired by a photo. Do you want to see another one?
photo credit: Roger Bultot
Secret Wheat Fields
She always stepped lightly here. It was a sacred place. One of the last pieces of field, one of the last pieces of garden, one of the last pieces of hope.
If the First Peoples couldn’t get the wheat to flourish, they would all starve. The whole world. She thanked whatever lucky stars that hadn’t burned out, that she had been friends with a man of the First Peoples before the 2nd Dust Bowl occurred. She looked around wondering where he was, then she felt strong hands grasp her waist. No matter how quietly she moved, he was always quieter.
Well, I learned this month that I don’t do well with basic vague prompts. I need specific prompts that push you into a corner and ask you to work your way out. I have written for all of the basic prompts such as “eyes” “midnight” “smile” “kindness” “love that is sad/wrong/sweet/etc and several numbers. Now I need more creative ideas to get me going. I hope the people on Twitter and the people who run blogs get more creative and specific with their prompts. I have really enjoyed reading through the poetry on the Poetic Asides blog and I hope you have made your way over there at least once this month to read some of what the contemporary/modern poets are writing. Here is my final poem for National Poetry Writing Month. I will post a haiku for you on Monday so be sure to keep coming back. There will also be a new quote tomorrow.
Bury the Seeds
bury some sunflower
seeds under the window
on the days when you
need to see the sun there will
be yellow at the window
pruning the hawthorn
I keep finding new buds
and wayward branches
resistance is futile
against my stubbornness
So I decided I better try going with a theme if I am going to pull this off! I am going to do Tankas or Cinquains for this month, and only do haiku if it feels right. I would like to write a few longer poems but we will see where the prompts take me.
I have also decided that instead of writing a poem for 3 different prompts every day, I am going to try to write for the PAD Challenge first. If I can’t write for their prompt, then I will try someone else and post it here. I will also use the prompts that you can find on Twitter retweeted by and . I may write three or 4 poems a day, but to keep things simple I will only be posting the PAD Challenge poems here. If I cannot write for that prompt, then I will share whatever I do write on that day. Follow me on Twitter to keep up!
Her Cavernous Mind
Her cavernous mind
The demons laugh
The angels sigh
None of them
Finding the way out
Give her migraines
Today’s poem was written after reading a prompt from #FieryVerse on Twitter.
Today’s prompt is What is the one skill you see in other bloggers that you wish you had?
Spontaneity or the ability to write in a funny or engaging way about current topics. I would love to blog about issues and have conversations happening in my comment section. But that is something that I know I couldn’t do week after week. Instead, I just post my thoughts on Twitter or Facebook.
traveling the road to work
same hawk in the tree
is he bored by me
Are your readers bored with what you are writing? Are you bored with what you’ve been writing?
Change things up by doing a 30 day challenge like I did, or by participating in a writing challenge. If you search Twitter or WordPress you can find tons of writing challenges. There are challenges for bloggers, book writers, poets and even photographers. Then there are months like National Novel Writing Month and, my favorite, National Haiku Writing Month.
The shortest month of the year is also the month for the shortest form of poetry. I would highly encourage you get on Facebook and post with other writers this month as we do NaHaiWriMo. It is a lot of fun and you will be inspired. Last year I wrote a tanka one day instead of a haiku. You can only post your haiku on the NaHaiWriMo Page but the prompts will revive you if you need inspiration.
I will post the new haiku that I write this month on my Facebook Page and Twitter Timeline but not here on my blog. So make sure to follow my blog on Facebook and on Twitter to catch them!
Day 30 is Sun Flare
The sun setting on the deck.
If you would like to do this challenge, here is the list of the days I used. Feel free to change it up, but make sure to link back to my blog if you do this.
- After Dark
- High Angle
- Childhood Memory
- Low Angle
- Cannot Live Without
- Favorite Thing
- Live Model
- Faceless Self Portrait
- Black and White
- Sun Flare
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