Turtle Shell Haiku

vicious mockery

the blue jays caw loudly

growing a turtle’s shell

  6-16-2018

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,
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Basho in the Pond

Here is what is the most read and well-known of Matsuo Basho’s haiku poems.

#152

old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

herd of elk,elk in a lake,elk in a pond,

I didn’t have a picture of a frog in a pond.

Street Haiku

September sunrise
cat catches a cricket
the life on our street

 

9-12-17

What does life look like on your street? Do you photograph it? Do you paint it, or sing about it? I write about it.

sun rising,morning sun,our street,the sunrise,

Basho on a bare branch.

#120

on a bare branch
a crow settled down
autumn evening

 

This is, I think, one of Basho’s better-known poems. Comment below if you’ve ever read it before.

salmon sky,pink sky,light fading,sunlight,pink clouds,

The Wild Goose by Basho

#53

separated by clouds
the wild goose lives apart for a while
from his friend

goose on a lake,goose resting,goose cleaning itself,canadian goose,

 

Baboon Lessons

to be brave enough
to bite a crocodile
baboon lessons
  9-10-2017

 

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!

algae,alligator,crocodile,

Day 19 NaHaiWriMo 2018

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washing fruits –
otter washes his clam
civilized dinner

 

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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Day 18 NaHaiWriMo 2018

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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Day 16 NaHaiWriMo 2018

food pantry
free food for those in need
bird feeder half full

 

Today’s prompt was “chickadee”. So I wrote about when I usually see birds, which is when my mom’s bird feeders have feed in them. Haiku is supposed to represent a moment in time when you see nature and human nature collide.

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Day 10 NaHaiWriMo

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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Day 7 NaHaiWriMo 2018

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a quilt from mom
mother rabbit pulls her fur
out to line the nest

 

Today’s prompt was “wrapped in a quilt, watching a meteor shower” which is a lot of concrete images. I tried to capture the warmth that comes from a moment like that. A haiku is supposed to reference nature; if there is no element of nature the poem is a senryu.
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Day 3 NaHaiWriMo 2018

my morning drink
bulletproof hot chocolate
bird’s loud morning call

 
 

Today’s prompt was “Greek coffee”. Have you written any haiku yet this month?

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