hoping the flowers burst
out in laughter
It is so interesting to see that poets and writers who lived centuries before I did felt the same way about things. I take this poem as he is waiting to see the bright flowers of spring. Spring is my favorite season. If you followed along when I posted Emily Dickinson’s poetry you will know that I love her because I loved the way she looked at things.
Also – I have owned this book for around 4 years but I haven’t posted his poetry because as I said in the last Emily Dickinson post that I made it is time-consuming to post another poet’s work because you have to be sure to attach the proper tags and to triple check that you got the wording right. Since Basho’s poetry is short, he is an easy poet to share. It took me over a year to share Dickinson’s poems. It won’t take me that long to share Basho, but do follow me by email if you have never read them (so that you don’t miss any). He is revered for a reason!
Well, I am writing again, but I wanted to give you guys more here on the blog. Since many of you follow me for the haiku, I wanted to share some with you every week. I think a blog should put up a least one new post a week, so in my effort to live up to my own standards, here is what I’m going to do:
For a few months, I am going to post a haiku every Thursday by the master poet Matsou Basho. I have BASHO The Complete Haiku which is a book of his complete works translated by Jane Reichhold. Because there are over 1,000 I am just going to post my favorites. I will also be reusing pictures from older posts.
Not a picture of a cherry blossom, but a mimosa tree. I am going to use the pictures I already have to make this easy on me.
Here is my first favorite of Basho’s 1,011 haiku poems:
the old woman
a cherry tree blooming in old age
is something to remember
aches and pains
asking about grandma’s remedy
Today’s prompt was “hot-water bottle” and I didn’t know how many people would know that Tylenol comes from Willow bark so I wrote about herbs instead. I do not try to write in 5/7/5 some of my poems just come out at that number. I do try to always write short, long, short but the words come the way they come.
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 the prompt and share our work.
The first full week of January, every year, is International Blog Delurking Week. I would love to see people participate!
the finch ventures out
into a hard cold world
my own resilience
It is fairly easy. Leave a comment in the comment section letting the blog’s owner know that you were here. You can show that you’re here with a one-word “here” comment or you can tell me a bit about yourself. There are so many people that lurk, which means you read and don’t interact with the site. All writers want interaction with their readers, especially bloggers. So this week as you’re reading blogs please leave a Like or a short comment.
I would also encourage you to do this in your groups on Facebook. The moderators and administrators of Facebook groups put a lot of work into making a group fun and special. Please Like at least one post this week, and maybe leave an encouraging comment. There is a lot going on in life, and online. People like knowing that they are heard, and admins like knowing that all of the time they spend volunteering is worth it.
my plants and I
drink from the same cup
International Blog Delurking Week 2018
the irises grow
bud out like they believe
there is no more frost
This is another haiku that I was so sure I had shared on the blog, but I don’t see it so maybe I didn’t. I am trying to share all of my poetry, no matter how good it is. I used to try to share it in the appropriate season, but remembering to go back and find a haiku to share for the current season while also writing new haiku for the current season has proven to be difficult. So here is a haiku, appropriate or not.
dandelion seeds tumble
past city lines
Even if haiku isn’t your favorite type of poetry, please consider sharing writers’, poets’, and bloggers’ poetic works this month. It is getting harder and harder to share on social media as ALL sites like Facebook now hide your posts in hopes that we will pay to make them appear. So please subscribe to and follow any poets that you like.
If you are unsure of the rules/definition/form of haiku then please go to my What is Haiku? page. Feel free to direct any friends there who may be unsure of what is happening in the poetry community this month.
Also tell them to check out the Facebook page where most of us poets meet to get a prompt and share our work. Today’s prompt was “zephyr”.
Cutting myself on
the edge of right
the edge of wrong
this double-sided blade
the sword I have to bear
A #HeartSoup inspired creation. Leave your thoughts on it below.
The Dark Hours
are supposed to come
between dusk and dawn
but sometimes they
roll in early
or stay too late
like a bad house guest.
This was written for a Heart Soup prompt found on Twitter. To see more micropoetry follow me and other poets on Twitter. There are a lot of us if you look through the hashtags.
I have written 769 poems as of yesterday. I have had 4 of them published. I thought as a fun little exercise I would list my stats here. I am also doing this because as I have said before, this blog also serves as a sort of time capsule for me. I meant to post this around 3 weeks ago right after I had titled and counted all of the poems after getting through the National Haiku Writing Month which is February. Today starts National Poetry Month and I am once again going to take on the challenge to write a poem a day for a whole month. After 3 years of NaHaiWriMo and three years of NaPoWriMo I feel brave enough to share my poems with you daily. So I am going to take a big leap and share my poems every night after I have written them. This may mean that I post them at 11:00pm at night, but I am going to try to do it. I had several people who had asked if I was going to share my haiku during NaHaiWriMo but I said no. So I will try it with this challenge this month and see how I do. So encouragement (Likes/Shares/Comments) would mean a lot this month!
I have written:
362 Japanese poems,
331 are haiku or senryu,
31 are tanka.
5 of my poems are cinquains.
I have written 257 poems in the last 12 months.
I will post an update of these stats in June and give more detailed stats if you would like to see them. If you want to see my blog stats go here. As of today I have published 684 posts on Failing at Haiku. You can look through the archive by scrolling to the bottom of this post and select a month to look at under the word Archives. There are 4 pages to this blog, which are the About Me and This Blog page, Poetry Definitions, What is Haiku? and My Personal Testimony (which is under the About Me page).
If you would like to see how many of my poems are titled vs. not, or how many of my poem’s titles contain the word “Morning” or how many are more than 12 lines long, let me know in the comments and I will give you those stats in June.
a pile of
flowers and teddy bears
for the girl who never came home
RIP Hailey Owens
I wrote this haiku, on this day last year, when a local girl was abducted, raped, and murdered. I am posting it on my blog for all of the little girls and boys who never made it home.
Items left for Hailey.
We change, whether we like it or not. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think even if you didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions you will change this year.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog!
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
Click here to see the complete report.
As we come to the end of the year I thought it might be nice to take a look back at this year’s happenings.
By views my top five posts are:
1. Acrostic Poem for Jesus
2. Emily Dickinson Describes the Fall
3. Tea Haiku
4. grasshopper haiku
5. The hardest part of parenting, in a poem.
By Likes my top five posts are:
1. Hay Season
2. Farm Tanka
3. Words Not Written
4. Tea Haiku
5. While the ink is pouring out of the pen.
Most of my viewers are from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
Thank You!! to all of my viewers who keep visiting and hitting Like!