plants man animals
united in death
Here is a poem I wrote a long time ago, back before I had learned the rules of haiku. I could never decide if this was a good haiku or even a good poem. If you were to look at the top of some of my posts, you will see that some poems are in both categories, haiku and senryu. This is another poem that I will post to both.
It’s not funny and senryu are supposed to be a bit humorous or at least poke fun at something. What do you think?
Taken out of a plane window.
jet trails in the sky
my son only knows one speed
doers are never still
I wrote this for a #microprompt on Twitter. I am going to classify it as a haiku since it mentions the sky.
My son’s birthday is today. He is definitely an active child, has been since he was in the womb. I remember at one appointment, the doctor was having trouble finding his heartbeat. I asked her if something was wrong, and she said “No. He’s running from me, I can feel him turning. Let’s wait for him to calm down and I’ll try again.” So we just talked quietly and she suddenly stuck the machine to my stomach and got a reading on his heartbeat before he could move again.
He is mischievous but kind. He knows how to mind and be respectful of others. I truly do have a wonderful child.
bright white moon
covered by gray clouds
a death clouds my week
I’m actually having a good week, I just wanted to share this haiku. Sorry it’s a day late, baseball season is in full swing and I am loving it.
bare feet on the deck
business pants getting caught underfoot
end of the day
July 18, 2016
I will go ahead and share my work haiku and get it out of the way. It will be meaningful to someone, probably. I am a stay at home mom again, and I am enjoying it, so I feel disconnected from these poems now.
May is an extremely busy month for me every year, and as most of you know I usually throw up posts in a hurry and read your comments when I can. Just remember, I’m not going anywhere, I’m just busy.
to be brave enough
to bite a crocodile
I hope you all have a great week with no biting needed, but if there is, be as brave as the crazy mommy baboon I saw on tv! A croc came for her baby and she fought back and saved her infant. Be strong mommas!
photo curtesy of Poets.org
Today we are supposed to write either a love poem or an anti-love poem. Anti-love is what I do all of the time so I thought it would be a real challenge if I wrote a love poem. But I decided to do both! I wrote an anti-love poem to get it out of my system, and then I wrote another love poem for my husband. Here are a haiku and a mirror poem, more correctly called a palindrome. It can be a tough form to write for but I wrote this one in five minutes. What do you think?
roses that won’t bloom
there was water, soil, and sunlight
but nothing grew
The rules for writing a palindrome are: 1. You must use the same words in the first half of the poem as the second half, but 2. reverse the order for the second half, and 3. use a word in the middle as a bridge from the first half to the second half of the poem.
like red rose
it for you, bloomed
no wondering or wandering
wandering or wondering, no
bloomed, you for it
rose red, like love
the mountain I thought
I could never climb up
my old pair of jeans fit
I wrote this poem at the beginning of the year for an #inkMine prompt. I have lost 22 pounds on the Ketogenic Diet. I am going off of it for the summer. I will go back on it when I send the boys off to school in August because I am not down to the weight where I want to be, but I am in shape and healthier than I have been in 3+ years.
birds search the mowed lawn for insects to eat
it’s easier to search when
someone does half the work
So I was looking through Robert Brewer’s list of forms for poets since he is the prompter for Poem A Day at Writer’s Digest. I found a couple different types of haiku and tanka. They aren’t called that, but basically, people took out some of the rules, or added the acceptable amount of syllables and renamed it. I had thought about trying all of them, but after 5+ years of trying to write haiku correctly, I don’t know if I can do it.
Today’s prompt was to write a poem about insects. Instead of choosing one, I just wrote about them generally. I also wrote a kimo which is an Israeli haiku. The poem focuses on one moment and does not have any rhyming. Haiku need to have fewer than 17 syllables, with the lines being short/long/short. The kimo is a descending poem with 10 syllables in the first line, 7 in the next, and then 6 in the last line. It was awkward writing it and that is how I know I don’t want to try the other forms.
fluffy flakes fall
the softness becoming ice
I keep my footing
I wrote this haiku after pondering a prompt from #Ravensveil on Twitter. It has been a hard year for the last 3 years. But I’m still here. I am still writing and I’m still active in my community in a number of ways. I refuse to be a hermit, and I refuse to treat people badly and blow up my community because my life is not going the way I planned. I wish other people could understand that making everyone miserable is not what you do when you don’t get your way, but unfortunately, some people never mature.
I do wish I had the time to make more haiga. Haiga is so beautiful and I really need to be posting some to Instagram, but there are only 24 hours in the day and I need to sleep for at least 7 of those or I get grumpy. I also have to cook for my loved ones and wash their clothes so making haiga will have to wait.
Why creative thing do you wish you had more time for?
So as I said, I want to share more haiku with you guys. To see more on how this will go check out the Announcement I made last week. If you would like to know more about Basho and his life I would suggest buying the book that I am taking these out of, it is BASHO The Complete Haiku translated and annotated by Jane Reichhold.
When I decided to start posting Basho on Thursday I had not decided to do the April PAD Challenge, but I am also doing that. Search “PAD Challenge” in the search bar to find new poetry written by me.
Here is my second favorite Basho Poem.
in summer rain
would you be happy with
the moon’s face
fire sweeps Cali
and through my mother’s veins
reports on Monday
I wrote this before mom started chemotherapy. I was watching the wildfires in California and the devastation on television. I was very worried because I thought that the chemo would burn going in through the I.V. Instead she got very cold and had to get heated blankets from the nurse. Her doctor is very confident that she has beat lung cancer, so her 4th and last chemo treatment is next week. I think I am going to spend this summer hanging out with her and my son. I will try to write up a month’s worth of blog posts at a time and schedule them. Check back to see if I pull it off!!
the first time he caught
a snowflake on his tongue
parenting through the seasons
This is the second haiku that I wrote for Day 22 of NaHaiWriMo you can find the prompt here. I tried to stick to the rules that the moderators of the Facebook page set, which is only share haiku to the Facebook page and only share 1 per day. I could have shared more here to my blog, but I figured it would give me something to post when the excitement of National Haiku Writing Month was over. Be on the lookout for the tanka that I wrote during NaHaiWriMo I will do a few Tanka Tuesdays soon.