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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
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.
half of a moon
heart full of confidence
beginning of therapy
So I will start sharing more random haiku with you now. Of course, it’s not random at all but heavily influenced by my daily life. I write about things that I actually see and experience instead of writing about random things that sound pretty or deep.
I would love to hear what you thought of my NaHaiWriMo haiku. Please leave me your thoughts below where I have asked for them, there’s a spot on each post.
eating ice cream outside
after the storm
Today’s prompt was “rainbow jello” so another food prompt. Storms are hard, but when the rain stops and the sun finally breaks through, you get to see the beauty of things again.
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with a fluffy skirt
The prompt from Facebook was “dressing up.” This is where I always get my prompts for National Haiku Writing Month.
I was very ill on Sunday and I still don’t feel great today, but seeing as there are only 3 days left of NaHaWriMo I wanted to get my posts up.
writing while he drives
sailing across the plains
in an iron wagon
Yesterday’s prompt was “a gentle rocking motion”. I took my mom to her 2nd Chemo, which means she is halfway done! I am not sure, but this may be a senryu since there isn’t really a nature element. Is sailing nature?
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washing fruits –
otter washes his clam
Today’s prompt was “the rub-a-dub of a washboard”. I figured everyone would write about laundry so I wrote about washing something else.
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trying to tie
an outfit together
crows and their shiny things
I have been enjoying my Sundays and not posting. I am writing though. Yesterday’s prompt was “obi sash”.
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sorting cotton shirts
finding out which ones still fit
the snake sheds its skin
The prompt for today was “Indian cotton shirts”. Did you write anything? Share it in a comment below.
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my moment of zen
cutting things so they look fresh
Today’s prompt was “cutting the lawn” which is something I enjoy. I have already written a poem about it and so I tried to not duplicate it.
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If you like haiku and want to learn more, then go to my What is Haiku? page. Also, stop by the Facebook page where most of us poets meet to get a prompt and share our work.
the Christmas tree holds
an echo in its branches
10 years together
Last year was our 10th Christmas as a married couple; today is our 11th. We still do some of the traditions that we started as a couple, but we have many traditions that we started as a family that we do every year.