Hawthorn Haiku

spikes,fall,trees in autumn,frost,frost on a tree,

hawthorn tree hotel
the bird comes and goes despite
thorns meant to deter
6-27-18

 

So this is technically a spring poem, but we’ll pretend it’s a fall poem and post it today. It is a proper haiku. Do you write poems for the seasons?

Advertisements

With Nothing To Cling To

#305

in the middle of a field
with nothing to cling to
a skylark sings

 
What a neat visual. The birds have to trust their wings. 

black birds,birds against morning sky,flock of birds,

Woodpecker’s Song

redheaded woodpecker

woodpecker’s song
the sound we forget he can make
finding my voice

5-6-18

 

I use this blog to help me find my voice. I wrote a piece of flash fiction yesterday, the first in six months. I stopped trying to write happy just because some people don’t like dark. I stopped worrying about if my piece would feel redundant because I have written about aliens before, I just wrote. And people liked it and I got something new written. I think I may be a sci-fi writer when it comes to flash fiction, and I prefer short verse in poetry. Yes, I can write in other ways and genres if I push myself, but I am finding where I am comfortable and trying to enjoy those spaces.

Reluctant Haiku

#254
from deep in the peony’s stamens
a bee crawls out
a reluctant parting

 

This week’s poem from Basho is about not wanting to leave his friend’s house and travel on. He enjoyed traveling, but there were places he wished he could have stayed longer. Isn’t that the way with all travelers? They are so many more places left to go, but good friends and cool places must be left behind to see new places.

clouds from above,wing of the plane,flying on a plane,window seat,

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,

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

Failing at Haiku site photo,fah pic,haiku photography,symanntha renn's photo,photography by symanntha renn,new butterfly,butterfly and cocoon,wet butterfly,

 

 

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.

You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook. 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.

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”.

You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook. You can find other haiku poets on those sites as well.

Failing at Haiku site photo,fah pic,haiku photography,symanntha renn's photo,photography by symanntha renn,new butterfly,butterfly and cocoon,wet butterfly,