7th Anniversary Blog Post

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I had a slow year as far as writing in 2017, but this year I have written many poems, and some of them are really good. I have started sharing them and will share them every week for the rest of the year. I have gotten over my fear of sharing my work in public, now I just have to choose the format in which I share my work.

longing to talk
afraid of what people I will draw
flowering cacti
  8-4-18

I looked back at my first post and realized that my goals are basically the same now as they were then. I want to share 1 poem a week with you, and I want it to be a haiku. I always share a new haiku on Monday. I want to share other forms of poetry a couple of times a week.

strange winds
blow through the tall hayfields
fighting my restless spirit
  Feb 5, 2017 

I have had themed days and weeks and that has been both fun and exhausting. I have done poetry challenges, blogging challenges, writing challenges, and photography challenges. They all grew me and even though doing them right was hard I am glad that I tried them all. I plan to try some in the future as well. I have shared my favorite poems by my favorite poets Emily Dickinson and Matsuo Basho. I have written some flash fiction and intended to write more, but I just haven’t been able to write anything good in that area for a while. I loved sharing quotes with you all but I felt like we see lots of quotes on Facebook and other social media sites and it was too hard to find unusual quotes to share. 

old leaves
on a new road
changes

Yes, I have also taken breaks, but that has been good for me too. I learned that my loyal readers would stay with me, even if I was quiet for a while. I learned that I could gain new followers even if I was barely posting, but I do get more likes and views if I am posting 3x or more a week. I think I am in a good place now, and I don’t think I will take any breaks in the future.

Thank you for reading my work and leaving me likes and comments. Thank you for your shares and your encouragement. I hope that you all stick with me as I share poems from both my past and my most recent work.

What is your favorite thing that I do? Which type of post do you miss the most? Which type of post would you like to see more of? Leave me some comments.

To look at my poetry throughout the years, go to this post.

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PAD Challenge Day 30

  Closing Time
the sun has set
all the flowers are closing
their vibrant blooms
summer is past
a new season comes

5-3-2018

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Sorry, it has taken me so long, but here is my poem for day 30 of the PAD Challenge. The prompt was to do a poem about closing time. I just could not get myself to write anything for day 28 or 29 so on May 3rd I finally called it and ended the challenge for myself with this tanka.

What do you think of my poems for this challenge? Which one was your favorite?

dusk

PAD Challenge Day 6

  Pizza and Tacos
we work because we like the same food
pizza and tacos
we don’t try to be fancy or something we’re not
pizza and tacos
you can buy expensive or dollar menu
pizza and tacos
but you’re still just a hick from Missouri
pizza and tacos
you can’t hide the accent even with a mouth full
pizza and tacos
you can get plain meats or this month’s special
pizza and tacos
you can have it extra spicy or medium or hot
pizza and tacos
or be crazy and get the dessert kind
pizza and tacos
eat what you love with who you love
pizza and tacos
yes it’s greasy and some make fun 
pizza and tacos
but we’re satisfied and full
pizza and tacos
  April 6, 2018

 

Today’s prompt was to make your title about food and then just write. This is a love story poem believe it or not. Notice that the category this goes in is called “My Love Poems” because mine are unlike most other’s! My husband and I are super picky eaters. We eat almost no vegetables because we don’t like the taste of most of them. But this makes us perfect for each other. What makes you and your spouse perfect for each other?

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PAD Challenge Day 2

I am doing the Poem A Day Challenge and sharing it with you this year. I did it for 4 years, with the last year being 2015. I will make several posts today, as I need to catch up on the first 4 days. Look at the announcements to see what the PAD Challenge is and where I am getting my pictures and prompts.

I was looking through the forms that Robert Lee Brewer has listed on his blog and I found a form for the Fibonacci sequence. I think that is awesome so I may try to write most of my poetry in this form. We will see!

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  Portrait of a Woman
red
hair
fast mouth
short legged 
fighter to the end
but also a seeker of peace
   4-3-18

Day 23 NaHaiWriMo 2018

all of the donuts
that I cannot eat this week
pruning season

 

Today’s prompt was “raspberry, orange, pumpkin, lime, coffee, chocolate, or cherry chiffon pie” which I just loved! So much variety and people have done beautiful things with it.

I wish Twitter was more alive on the haiku front. The haiku poets used to find each other and encourage each other on Twitter, but they haven’t been this month, or before then either. Then there were big problems posting to Facebook this year during NaHaiWriMo and not everyone could understand how to work around to post and encourage through comments. Hopefully, next year is better, but a big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through the visitor posts and react to my poems and leave me comments!!

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Day 21 NaHaiWriMo 2018

hot appetizers
the gossip just as hot
girl’s night out

 

Today’s prompt was “appetizers”. I usually do pretty good with food, but I had a hard time writing a haiku for this one. Have you been writing haiku for National Haiku Writing Month?

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Day 19 NaHaiWriMo 2018

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washing fruits –
otter washes his clam
civilized dinner

 

Today’s prompt was “the rub-a-dub of a washboard”. I figured everyone would write about laundry so I wrote about washing something else.

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 a prompt and share our work.

Day 10 NaHaiWriMo

sorting cotton shirts
finding out which ones still fit
the snake sheds its skin

 

The prompt for today was “Indian cotton shirts”. Did you write anything? Share it in a comment below.

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Day 5 NaHaiWriMo 2018

The prompt for February 5, 2018, was “listening to the radio”.

radio and road
only hearing what I want
eagle in jet stream

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.

If you would like 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 a prompt and share our work.
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FF| How The West Was Built

Hey guys, I went a smidge over the 100-word limit but I couldn’t help myself. My writing has faltered and I’m trying to get myself back in the game. Comments are welcome on this piece! Just remember you shouldn’t type anything into a comment box that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face. Also, visit the other Friday Fictioneer Writers. They’re all pretty amazing.
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   Nineteen and already a widow. With no parents to guide her, she did her best for her siblings. The men would spend the first months building houses, barns, and the general store. The church could wait.
  It would get built because the women would insist on it. Men liked to take credit for building these United States, but it was women running the general stores, the inns, and even the brothels. The west was not a bunch of cowboys building towns inhabited by gunslingers.
  The neighbors asked Jael not to pull out, to not take the children into the wilderness. But she could see civilization coming over the prairie like calmness comes over a broke colt.

Day 2 Nat’l Haiku Writing Month

the road that tied
America together
defunct railroad tracks

 

Today’s prompt is railroad ties. Share your haiku poem in the comments.

If you have any questions about how this month is celebrated, ask in the comments!

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Day 1 Nat’l Haiku Writing Month 2018

I will not be making long posts this month. I often dread NaHaiWriMo as February draws near because of all the work that goes into blogging as a haiku writer. This year I was excited for it. I think I am going to keep my posts simple so I can enjoy the month. I will not write much of an explanation, and I will use the same image for my poem of the day for the whole month. If you’re a new follower or new to the haiku world, search old posts about National Haiku Writing Month by using my search bar, or click the tag at the top of this post. I am also helping my mom get through Chemo treatments so my posts must be short and sweet. Here is today’s poem fresh from the cocoon:

taco tastes just right
my husband smacks his lips
the pride satisfied

The prompt was “biting into a taco”.

You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook. You can find other haiku poets on those sites as well.

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 a prompt and share our work.

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