Day 28 NaHaiWriMo 2018

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buying another
silver necklace for me
dew in morning light


Today’s prompt was “button jewelry” and we found out today that the prompts came from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book “14,000 Things to Be Happy About”. I liked that he picked a happy book. 

Well, today is the last day of 2018’s National Haiku Writing Month. How do you think I did? I will probably go back to sharing haiku only on Mondays now. I will try to share some of my longer poetry next week. Be sure to check back on Tuesday!

How did you do? Link to your blog below if you posted your haiku to your blog.

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Thank You, Dear Readers

picture by symanntha renn,photo,blog banner,

the smell of pork roast
first time always turns out
replicating my
victory is what is hard
more than a flash in the pan


Thank you all so much! I am now at 705 followers! I asked more of you to follow this blog two weeks ago on Monday, October 24th and you did. By the next day, I was at 700 followers and the number has stayed up!

Thank you for reading my work. Thank you for seeking me out. Thank you for following me on Twitter and on Facebook. Thank you for leaving me comments. I appreciate every Follow and every Like I get. I appreciate the retweets and all of the other shares as well.

Thank you for staying with me as this blog changes. Thank you for joining me as this blog is in the midst of change. I posted my last quote on Monday of this week. While I love quotes, those have never been the most loved posts by my readers. My short stories have quickly become my most liked type of post on this blog. While I will try to write a short story and post it by Friday night, my heart is in poetry. I plan to share a haiku that you have never read before, every Monday, as always.

This tanka was inspired by a #fieryverse prompt.

2015 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I got visitors from 63 countries! And I appreciate all of you!

Click the name of the post below to explore what it is about if you don’t remember. I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve.


My Top 5 Posts by Views:

1 A quote about experience.

2 Spanish Proverb about Mom

3 The true worth of a man.

4 Soft Like Velvet

5 My Shade of Purple


My Top 5 Posts by Likes:

Tanka Dust   17 likes

The Taste of Words    16 likes

The definition of success by Ralph Waldo Emerson.   15 Likes

What Art does for the soul.   14 Likes

My Shade of Purple   13 Likes


All of the things dragging me to the floor.

snow,snowfall,mouse statue,hidden in the snow,

The One Thing I Said
everything I didn’t say
began to choke me
I know that I yelled
I know it was uncalled for
and it confused you
just be thankful
I only yelled about one thing
and not all of the things
dragging me to the floor
so many things are trying to
silence me forever
I had to let them know
I still have a voice

My long time readers probably noticed that I didn’t post a quote on Friday like I usually do. Well, Friday was a really bad day on all fronts. I am not superstitious, but that was the worst Friday the 13th I have ever had and the worst day I have had in a LONG time. Yesterday probably was probably bad too. Luckily I have about 6 weeks of Haiku set to post on Mondays. I will try to get some of my micropoetry scheduled to post as well. Sickness still has a hold on my son and he had a fever all weekend. He has a virus so all I can do is fight the fever and play with him. I almost had a panic attack in Walmart on Friday night when I went to pick up his meds. My physical health is not 100% and work is getting really stressful.
If things were going smoother on Monday, and going as planned, I had a double root canal followed by getting double crowns that afternoon. Check my Twitter, I will try to post updates to it this week.

A haiku and an announcement.

moon in mist, cloudy night, moon in the clouds, moon with cloud, luna

the ice is off the trees
sinking into the mud
worm moon

Apparently the full moon that appears in March is known as the “Worm Moon” because this is the month that the worms come back out. The ice melts into the ground and makes the ground soft enough for them to poke through. I have seen a ton of them this last month, how about you? My flowers are all poking up through the ground, are yours?

Also, I have moved to a new Facebook page. Please visit it and consider “Liking” it if you still do Facebook. Some bloggers have huge followings on Facebook but Facebook is not a site that pulls in readers for me, and never has been. If people will follow me on this page and like my posts I will keep using Facebook. If I do not get more interaction on it than I was getting, then I am going to delete all of my Facebook pages. I have a lot of things to do and messing with Facebook doesn’t have to be one of them if that is not where my readers are. Remember that you can also follow me on Twitter and Bloglovin’. Give me a share so I know what platforms you like!!

2014 in review

The 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!

The Mob Within the Heart

The mob within the heart
Police cannot suppress
The riot given at the first
Is authorized as peace
Uncertified of scene
Or signified of sound
But growing like a hurricane
In a congenial ground.

This is the last poem of Emily Dickinson’s that I am going to share on my blog. I have gotten through all of my favorites. I have thought about posting another poet’s poems on my blog, but it is really time consuming to do that, so I think I will just stick to posting my poetry whenever I feel like it. I will be posting haiku on Mondays and a quote on Fridays.

A poem about snow by Emily Dickinson.

  #  311

It sifts from Leaden Sieves –

It powders all the Wood.

It fills with Alabaster Wool

The Wrinkles of the Road –

It makes an Even Face

Of Mountain, and of Plain –

Unbroken Forehead from the East

Unto the East again –

It reaches to the Fence –

It wraps it Rail by Rail

Till it is lost in Fleeces –

It deals Celestial Vail

To Stump, and Stack – and Stem –

A Summer’s empty Room –

Acres of Joints, where Harvests were,

Recordless, but for them –
It Ruffles Wrists of Posts

As Ankles of a Queen –

Then stills its Artisans – like Ghosts –

Denying they have been –
What do you think of Emily? What do you think of my blog design?
I value your feedback so don’t be afraid to leave your opinion in a comment!

A change in Wandering Wednesday.

I am going to change Wandering Wednesday a little bit.

I have a lot going on in my life right now, and I think it would be easier on me, if I change the way I do Wednesdays. For a little while I am going to post Emily Dickinson poems on Wednesday instead of my poetry. I am always unsure of which poem to share with you guys. Will you like it? Do I really want to make it public or try to get it published? So I decided to not worry about it by posting someone else’s work. I am also going to stop stressing about attaching the right picture.

I really like Emily Dickinson. I have a book of her complete poems. Now like every poet or artist, I don’t love every poem of hers. When I read through this book, I took a little piece of paper and wrote down the number of the poems that I really liked. Emily wrote 1,775 poems in her life. Some of these are re-workings of the others, which means there are two version of the same poem.

I have favorited 69 of them and I am going to share them with you in chronological order. They are in the book in the original way they were written by her and that is how I will post them here on my blog. The book is titled The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson and is edited by Thomas H. Johnson.

I will post my longer poems again, but for now I will let Miss Dickinson entertain you. Her poems are not titled, but numbered.


   # 21

We lose – because we win –

Gamblers – recollecting which

Toss their dice again!

A quote for your weekend.

There is a very fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness’.  -Unknown


Here is what I think after reading the comments of fellow bloggers, and after trying to read every post on the blogs that I follow:

Posting every day, or 5 times a week, is too much.
Posting once a week is not enough.

I don’t think 2 times a week is enough either, so I am going to start posting quotes on Fridays. People love quotes, and I have collected over 25 pages of them, so every Friday I am going to give you a quote to start your weekend with.

I think people like variety in a blog; so if you click the follow me button on the left side of this post, or Like me on Facebook, you will get poetry that covers several different topics and a quote in your inbox every Friday.

I have collected quotes from a wide variety of sources. Songs, movies, known writers, lots of unknowns and people I know in my real life, will all be featured in my Friday posts.

Comment below and let me know what you think about posting schedules and having a variety on a blog.

Failing at Haiku is now on Facebook

ImageYou can now like Failing at Haiku on Facebook!

Just scroll over to the panel on the right and press “Like”.


I struggled with whether or not to do this, but other bloggers say its a great idea- so here I go! 

New Series starting today!

“Acrostic Fridays” are now going to be “Wandering Wednesdays”.

I will now be posting on Wednesdays instead of Fridays. While I plan to post a lot of my religious poems, I will post others that really don’t have a category. I have quite a few poems that are short and irregular and have been rejected more than once- they are going to be making their way onto this blog.

To make sure you don’t miss a poem, click the Sign me up! button on the right hand side.

“Wandering Wednesday” will not have its own category, each poem will be put into the appropriate existing category.


Makings of a Story


Run your hand, down my spine

Feel the break, in the line

Feel the scar, see the glare

Be disgusted, I don’t care

Know the story, know the truth

Something sprang, from this root

It was not by chance, it was not mistake

For a reason I do ache

Twisted in fashion, I am broke

Where there is fire, there is smoke

A story of love I have to tell

With pride, my heart does swell

He loves me and made me so

With a story I now go

What do you think? Give me some feedback! 🙂