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.
Not All That Glitters
the ground sparkles
as if fairies visited
in the night
that glitter is not gold, but ice
you will take a fall
if you do not look closely
I wrote this on January 15, 2017, for prompt 169 from #poemtheme on Twitter. This will be my last post for National Poetry Month as I am not feeling well. It’s been a tough week but I have prevailed and life goes on.
the bee navigates
through the many flowers
which party to attend
Remember to plant flowers that bees like to eat!
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
National Haiku Writing Month is on its way! Will you participate this year?
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.