the frost kills it
Today’s prompt was “in short” and we were supposed to write a minimal haiku. I can do sad well, so I did a short haiku about being sad. My hormones are messed up right now and the dreary days make me sad.
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the tart taste of summer
tall girl child
Today’s prompt is “nature” but something unique to your region. I tried and tried to think of something but couldn’t think of anything that was worthy of a haiku. So I wrote about my family picking fresh produce in our own gardens and how many of us are redheads.
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half the day gone
half of my back is sore
the ant crawls on
Today’s prompt is “half” I tried to not use the word, but my sore back is making it hard to think. I think I pulled a muscle.
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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twisting around itself
the tender moonflower vine
held up by its own strength
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even though it’s not dry
wanting to do more
over doing it because
I don’t do anything halfway
Tanka are supposed to be autobiographical. So I am just gonna post this and say that sometimes the poems I post are deeply personal.
old hopes and dreams
erasing pins and deleting links
flowers that didn’t bloom
Some dreams just don’t work out. Some flowers just don’t come to fruition. So we erase and start over. I hope this next year is a good one for us all.
a cluster of weeds
at the edges of spaces
I thought I had cleared
I hope your week is short and awesome. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, in case you don’t hear from me until after. This may be my only post for this week.
rabbit sneaks across the ground
unaware he’s not on my menu
What’s on your menu today? I wrote this one rare morning when I got to have breakfast outside. The rabbits sneak across my yard all of the time but I have not taken any pictures of them. I may do that soon.
moss spills over
the edge of the container
not really contained
I wrote this for a #HaikuChallenge on twitter. I have not been able to participate in the challenges in a long time. I do miss that. One of these days life will calm down and I’ll get a rhythm going and I’ll try the challenges again. It won’t be this week. This week is going to be terrible.
the native grasses
just as annoying as
an invasive weed
I have heard a lot of people whine about invasive species, but some of the local species as just as hard to contend with. Especially when you’re stressed, and pressed for time, and barely have time to weed your beds.
one year the hollyhock
is pink the next it is white
the nuance of flowers
Do you have flowers that change color? There are some flowers that gardeners have down to a science. They know what kind of fertilizer added to the soil makes what color of blooms. I just water mine and hope they bloom a lot, I don’t even care what color. I will admit that dark red and white are my favorite flower colors. However, I seem to have forgotten to take a picture of my hollyhocks when they were white. Last year when they were white, it was a bad year for hollyhocks. The blooms weren’t pretty because the ground stayed too wet. That is probably why I didn’t take a picture. They went quick this year too. Only half the stalk bloomed, then the whole plant began to die.