Day 13 NaHaiWriMo 2018

the quick stop
where I find my stand-bys
well-known watering hole

 
 
Today’s prompt was “little store on the corner” which made me think of the Casey’s General Store. We don’t have bodegas or delis where I’m from. We just have gas stations like Quik Stop or Fast Trip.

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Day 12 NaHaiWriMo 2018

sliding into home
safe in the last inning
cherry on top

 

Today’s prompt is “THE BUTTON AT THE TOP OF A BASEBALL CAP”. I think the prompts from the Facebook page for NaHaiWriMo have been great this year! Does anyone remember the year they all started with a Z and how hard that was??

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Day 11 NaHaiWriMo 2018

cows at the pond
drinking from the same glasses
since childhood

 

Today’s prompt was “Pilsner glasses” but I wrote about regular drinking glasses. Has anyone else went to visit grandpa’s house as an adult and ended up drinking out of a glass that you know you drank out of when you were 3 or so?

Haiku is usually not written in three sentence fragments or one complete sentence. There is usually one fragment and a phrase in the other two lines. The fragment is separated by a kireji, or a cutting word. The word should be so strong that the reader takes a mental pause as they are reading your haiku. Some people call this point in the haiku “the twist” as this is where the two pieces of the poem come together. Boring and unspecific haiku is called gendai.

Haiku does not use metaphor, personification, simile, or many other poetic devices found in other forms of poetry. The poem is about the essence of a moment, and the moment should be so poignant that it does not need personification. Do not write a haiku that is only about how the rose in your garden is pretty. This is referred to as “garden haiku” because it is bland and boring, and there are far too many of them out there. Your haiku should contain something specific about the moment that you are writing about.

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Day 9 NaHaiWriMo 2018

ordering milk
with my date night meal
chili pepper night

 

Today’s prompt was “beating the heat” and I wanted to write about something other than the weather.

If you’re a new follower or new to the haiku world, you can search for posts about National Haiku Writing Month by using my search bar, or click the tag at the top of this post.

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Day 5 NaHaiWriMo 2018

The prompt for February 5, 2018, was “listening to the radio”.

radio and road
only hearing what I want
eagle in jet stream

Remember that haiku are usually not written in three sentence fragments or one complete sentence. There is usually one fragment and a phrase in the other two lines. The fragment is separated by a kireji or a cutting word. The word should be so strong that the reader takes a mental pause as they are reading your haiku.

If you would like 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.
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Expanding Pain

clouds in a line,thin clouds,little clouds,cloud,partly cloudy,

  Expanding Pain
It is amazing
The lengths to which
The body can expand
To hold pain and poison
If a regular person
Were to be given 55 pills
Of Oxy or another opioid
They would die immediately
But if a person works at it
Slowly ingesting more and more
Hating themselves every day
They can build up
To that level of tolerance
Hate can take you far
Down dark paths
The question becomes
Can you get back

  1-14-18

 

I started to write this almost 5 years ago. I decided to finish it this year because the opioid crisis has gotten worse instead of better.  I was afraid that it didn’t sound like a poem but was more like prose. What do you think? Is it prose, just thoughts, or can it be a poem? Read these definitions and tell me what you think.

Prose: Any material that is not written in a regular meter like poetry. Many modern genres such as short stories, novels, letters, essays, and treatises are typically written in prose.

Sonnet: English (or Shakespearean) sonnets are lyric poems that are 14 lines long falling into three coordinate quatrains and a concluding couplet.

Free Verse: Free Verse is an irregular form of poetry in which the content-free of traditional rules of versification, (freedom from fixed meter or rhyme). In moving from line to line, the poet’s main consideration is where to insert line breaks. Some ways of doing this include breaking the line where there is a natural pause or at a point of suspense for the reader.

Blank Verse: Blank Verse is Poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Blank verse is often unobtrusive and the iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of ordinary speech. William Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in blank verse.

Day 1 NaHaiWriMo 2017

watching to see if

I can catch a butterfly

in my hands

It’s that time of year again, time for the shortest form of poetry in the shortest month. I will try really hard to post my haiku poem every day. I make no promises about at what time that will happen nor how great it will be. All I can say is… stay tuned.

The prompts look like they will be fun and engaging this year. Today’s prompt was to write a haiku about haiku. How do you think I did?

Even if you don’t write haiku, or even if it isn’t your favorite type of poetry, please consider sharing poets’ work this month. It is getting harder to share your stuff on social media as all of the sites like Facebook now hide your posts, in hopes that you will pay to make them appear. So please subscribe or follow me, and any other poets that you like, and check out the hashtag #NaHaiWriMo on Twitter.

Also, to make life easier on myself, this is the image that will be attached to all of my 2017 haiku posts.

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Symanntha Renn

Strong Haiku

little vine

twisting around itself
the tender moonflower vine
held up by its own strength

  8-16-2016

 

National Haiku Writing Month is on its way! Will you participate this year?

I don’t do anything halfway.

cacti,succulent,flower,green plant,

 Halfway

watering cacti
even though it’s not dry
wanting to do more
over doing it because
I don’t do anything halfway
9-27-2015

 

Tanka are supposed to be autobiographical. So I am just gonna post this and say that sometimes the poems I post are deeply personal.

Ticking Senryu

sun dial,huge clock,big clock,outside clock,over-sized clock,

the ball drops
new goals and aspirations
the clock starts to tick
1-1-2016

 

So have you made any goals for the New Year? If you made a blogging or writing goal I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I made the resolution that I want to write 1 poem every day. Even if it sucks. If I can’t squeeze a poem out of myself then I at least need to write posts for my blog.

Also, don’t forget that it’s International Blog Delurking week!

 

In a time of Distress

coffee cup,spoon and cup,clean dishes,

This is a psalm written by me.

In a Time of a Distress

Writing to keep the demons away,

writing to keep my fears at bay.

How silly it looks written down,

why am I wearing this frown?

Worry paves a path across my forehead.

My mind fills with dread.

Pacing in the kitchen I pray:

“Healthy and happy, let us all stay.”

So many things to wash, no time to sit still.

To forget about this I do not have the will.

So I pick up The Good Book for comfort

where He talks about all kinds of hurt.

God is there in Heaven above

with mercy He sends down His great love.

A sigh of relief slips past my lips.

I have found some good coping tips.

He will not give us more than we can carry,

but tonight the future is scary.

One day there will be no more tears

with this I silence my fears.

Sitting here I pray for the easy path,

praying to escape the wrath

of whatever demon lies beyond my door.

The battle will make me love God more.

Give me a sword God, give me a shield,

help me to make it across this field.

 

This post linked to dVerse on 12-13-2016. Click here to see the other poets’ work.

Pain is my Mistress

Pain is my Mistress

When I don’t make it to your party it’s because I’m with her
I lay with her for far too long refusing to move
Life passes me by and I miss it as I spend time focusing on her
I know I’m not supposed to talk about her
She’s supposed to be
Hidden amoung my contacts as Joe’s Pizza
She’s supposed to be quieted with a pill
Love, tea, and kisses are supposed to suppress her
Make her embarrassed to be in the neighborhood
But she is a haughty thing
and insists on leaving her lipstick
On my face, on my back, on my legs, my wrists
She insists on being in pictures with me
She insists on meeting my child
And flirting with my husband
Sometimes even stealing him away for the night
She is beautiful and she teaches me things
That no other lover could
She is wisdom and prophesy
She scratches her nails down my back
But I’m wearing a shirt so you can’t see
Can’t see the scars, the ache
But pain is my mistress
Can’t you smell her perfume in the air
Can’t you hear her cackling laughter
Rolling through your ears
The way electricity rolls through a bug zapper
Do you feel the brush of her skirt
Or the slap from her hand across your mouth
As you try to eat, try to stand, try to walk
She is a hard mistress and not one to be ignored
 
©Symmantha Renn
 
I think that pain has secret meetings with a lot of the people that you know.

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