Strands of Haiku

strands of spider web
I’m short enough to walk underneath
the sticky trap



Sorry my post is late today. Both my husband and I have not been feeling well lately. But our son’s school year got off to a great start, and that makes this momma happy.

bag worm webbing,bag worms,sunlight through web,spider webs,


Haiku in the Pond

does the turtle
appreciate his view
art museum pond


The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has a pond that surrounds most of the building, and when you look out of the glass, you can see turtles in the pond. During my recent visit, I wondered if the turtles ever spent any time looking in. They would get to look at some of the best art in America if they did. By the way, entry is free at this museum, and it is well worth the drive if you live anywhere close. (This is not a picture of that pond, but a picture that I had.)

green pond

7th Anniversary Blog Post

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I had a slow year as far as writing in 2017, but this year I have written many poems, and some of them are really good. I have started sharing them and will share them every week for the rest of the year. I have gotten over my fear of sharing my work in public, now I just have to choose the format in which I share my work.

longing to talk
afraid of what people I will draw
flowering cacti

I looked back at my first post and realized that my goals are basically the same now as they were then. I want to share 1 poem a week with you, and I want it to be a haiku. I always share a new haiku on Monday. I want to share other forms of poetry a couple of times a week.

strange winds
blow through the tall hayfields
fighting my restless spirit
  Feb 5, 2017 

I have had themed days and weeks and that has been both fun and exhausting. I have done poetry challenges, blogging challenges, writing challenges, and photography challenges. They all grew me and even though doing them right was hard I am glad that I tried them all. I plan to try some in the future as well. I have shared my favorite poems by my favorite poets Emily Dickinson and Matsuo Basho. I have written some flash fiction and intended to write more, but I just haven’t been able to write anything good in that area for a while. I loved sharing quotes with you all but I felt like we see lots of quotes on Facebook and other social media sites and it was too hard to find unusual quotes to share. 

old leaves
on a new road

Yes, I have also taken breaks, but that has been good for me too. I learned that my loyal readers would stay with me, even if I was quiet for a while. I learned that I could gain new followers even if I was barely posting, but I do get more likes and views if I am posting 3x or more a week. I think I am in a good place now, and I don’t think I will take any breaks in the future.

Thank you for reading my work and leaving me likes and comments. Thank you for your shares and your encouragement. I hope that you all stick with me as I share poems from both my past and my most recent work.

What is your favorite thing that I do? Which type of post do you miss the most? Which type of post would you like to see more of? Leave me some comments.

To look at my poetry throughout the years, go to this post.

poet symanntha renn failing at haiku image

Haiku Wishbone

cracking the wishbone

blood must be shed for wishes

to be made real

To see the things you really want to happen, come to pass, you have to work for it. To be the person you want to be, or to be noticed you must work for it. What are you working towards this week?

early morning sun,autumn sun,the sun rising,

August Haiku

fog,trees in fall,autumn tree,fog clouded morn,

August morning
rainwater in my tea
can’t complain


We always need more rain in August. How is your week starting out?

The tags that I add to a post will give you hints about the poem if you have trouble deciphering my meaning. If you like the poem you’re reading, you can click on a description at the top of a post and see other poems like it.

Turtle Shell Haiku

vicious mockery

the blue jays caw loudly

growing a turtle’s shell


Being sensitive is a double-edged sword – you notice people’s emotions and reactions to things, which is beautiful and can make you feel very connected to humanity. You also feel it deeply when people don’t like you, or don’t like your friend, or don’t like your work. I have learned not to take any of it personally. I let myself feel the emotion of sadness, regret, or embarrassment or anger for a moment, then I move on. I am a creator and a giver. There are more words to write, more things to paint, and other people who will gladly accept what I have to offer, so I keep moving and I enjoy those moments when I get them.
medium sized box turtle,turtle in its shell,

Haiku Scent

blooming roses,bloom,white roses,rose bush,potted rose,


pink tea rose
the flower with the best scent
also has thorns
3- 14- 18


If haiku could smell like something, or if a smell could represent haiku poetry, I think it would have to be a flower. Possibly a rose. This is a haiku that I wrote on the same day as this tanka. They are on different topics, but the end thought is, why do we love what hurts us?

Where Basho got his ideas.

short iris,new iris,iris leaves,iris' leaf,

rabbit-ear iris
it gives me an idea
for a poem


Basho took most of his inspiration from nature. I try to always use nature when writing a haiku, but I use nature in many of my poems, no matter what form they are. How often does nature show up in your poems?

Ray of Haiku

bright rays of sunlight
flowers past their blooming
spring becomes summer



I have many poems scheduled to post. Be sure to follow me by email or on Twitter to see them the moment that they are published.

midwestern sunset,sunset in the clouds,sun rays,last ray of light,sun beams,

Grandfather Haiku

evening moon,full moon,

grandfather moon
wandering into the day
when he should be home



So this haiku is sad, but we need to capture the sad moments of life as well. Do you try to capture moments when you write?

Basho Buying a Cookie

buying a cookie
even the ferns are withered
at a rest stop


I think this poem is so cute. I can just imagine Basho munching on a cookie and looking at his surroundings as he rests at an ancient rest stop. Keep in mind that this was written between 1684-88.

bloom of foget me not flower,blue star flower,

Forget Me Not flower

Pale Haiku

tulips,yellow flowers,collection of flowers,

pale woman
bottled up emotions
flowers in a bottle



So I have been trying to release all of these pent-up emotions since April. I have been writing every single week and painting a little too. I try to do something creative every day, whether I am writing a poem, writing a blog post, editing my writing, painting, or researching tips on painting or writing, or fixing my creative space in my home. I also try to do things that help with inspiration like take walks, exercise, read books, and watch Youtube tutorials.

If you follow me on Instagram you will see that I bought “real” art supplies.  I bought oil paints, an easel, and other stuff. I also shared some of my sketches. You might also see that I have had blemishes on my face – that is from stress and a bad diet. I am doing the Ketogenic Diet again so that will help a little bit. I don’t do a whole lot of selfies on Insta, but I try to do 1 at least once a month because they somehow get the most likes.

What do you do to de-stress?