Sphinx at the World War I monument.
they say gargoyle
when they hear the sound he makes
I say prophet
I really reacted to today’s prompt after struggling over the last two. I also wrote a tanka for today and wanted to share it.
wondering why the
guardians look so evil
evil ones have no mercy
they will not flee from sweet faces
I looked it up and gargoyle comes from the French word for throat, and not all dragon or lion-like statues are gargoyles. Only the ones that serve as water spouts are gargoyles, the decorative ones are called grotesques. They were named gargoyles because you could hear the water rushing out of them. That made me think of what the word “prophet” meant. Prophet means “to boil forth.” Also, the gargoyles were thought to ward off evil spirits. Disclaimer: I believe that only praying in Jesus’ name wards off evil, but tanka poems can use metaphors as they are often autobiographical.
So I wrote these poems. There is a lot of false preaching out there, be sure to check what you hear against your Bible.
on quiet stone
the music of children’s feet
Going to museums with kids is actually fun. They see things in a different way, and they will make you think about pieces that you have seen before in a new way.
screaming fax machine
she has a noble job but
tires of making copies
July 18, 2016
Was it the fax machine screaming, or I? I forget.
This is your weekly haiku, I try to share originals every week.
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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naked men tower
monsters emerge from the dark
women find their voice
November 30, 2017
I wrote this senryu in wake of all of the women finally speaking up, or rather, speaking louder about sexual assault, rape, and being sexually harassed by a public figure. I realize more every day how lucky I am to NOT be a rape victim. I have had friends who were, which is why I write poetry about it. Also, apparently many of my favorite actors and singers are victims. I publish these pieces so those people know that they are heard.
a new me
my sunburn has peeled
The picture above was taken in 2014. It is hard to find pictures of me by myself so here is one of me and my husband.
I don’t know why I haven’t shared all of my 2014 haiku with you guys, but I haven’t. I tried to go back through my old haiku in April, which is National Poetry Month and share all of the haiku that I had been too scared to share. Some of it I hadn’t shared because I was waiting for a good post, or a cute story to go with it and it never came so I shared without words. Leave me a comment and tell me if you prefer posts with just the poems and no words.
my childhood birthday parties
homemade cake by aunt Beck
I can’t taste homemade icing without thinking of my Aunt Beckie.
everyone wants an
honest answer from us
as long as it’s nice
So this is not really haiku, and I almost erased it except that people on Twitter liked it so much. This may be senryu, but I think it’s a stretch. Read the definition for senryu on my What is Haiku? page and tell me what you think in the comments on this post.
an open door
with no lock to shut it
God is my way maker
Today’s poem is a senryu, but it is all I could come up with. I kept thinking of verses out of the Bible. Today’s prompt was “a door” yesterday’s prompt was “beckoning.”
Do 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. I am trying to accomplish this with my poetry this year in National Haiku Writing Month.
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she is digitized
she is not real flesh and blood
it’s not cheating
I wanted to share one of my more edgy haiku. I like to write senryu and other poems that are about modern situations when I can. Once again I hesitated to share a haiku for fear it would be taken the wrong way. My husband has never cheated on me, and I’ve never cheated on him, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to write about cheating. It doesn’t mean that I don’t see the effects that cheating has on people that I know.
in my brain unstable
I wrote this during National Haiku Writing Month. but I don’t think that I shared it.
Will you be writing haiku during February this year?? I think I will try to write a post one every day. I may do so without comments to make it easier on myself this year. Instead of giving you all kinds of links and explanations I will just post my haiku. If you want to figure out what I am doing there are tons of posts on my blog like this one to explain it fully.