This February’s National Haiku Writing Month has been chock-full of fun prompts. Today’s was Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, which created both the expected earworm and encouraged a little wander into the Pacific Northwest’s edible winter fungi, and then from there to the fascinating world of psilocybin mushrooms, otherwise known as “magic mushrooms.” So, today’s response led to a bit of Senryū fun in haiga form. I took this picture while hiking the Bob Bammert Grove in January and have been waiting for the perfect moment to play with it — found!

Reader Warning! Get educated first before harvesting or sampling wild mushrooms.

Across the miles . . .

Father holding hungry baby.
As a grand-mama far away from children and grandchildren, I find consolation in matching haiku to the precious pictures I am sent. What parent or grandparent hasn’t distracted a crying baby by tapping a finger over her mouth to create a warble? That new sound sure captures their attention!

in the wings

National Haiku Writing Month is rapidly drawing to a close! Today’s prompt was school play.  I loved being on stage in my growing up years; and whether assigned a part or not, we all took a hand in the stage crew activities. Imagine my surprise when my son was not a fan of being on stage, whether it was a school play or a church play. He did, however, discover a certain gift for building sets, working lights and sound, and guiding up-and-coming new stage crew members as part of the production crew for the summertime youth performance group, Creative Theater Experience.

why cook?

Today’s prompt was casserole which inspired nothing until the phrase “build a better casserole” popped out me while desultorily skimming an article in the Chicago Tribune defending the humble casserole.  Add a layer of snarkiness to the noodles and cheese, and voila! Enjoy.

cross and pile

Today’s NaHaiWriMo prompt was “coin toss” which led me first to Wikipedia whereupon it was revealed that the early English reference to a coin toss was cross and pile.
Other pieces of trivia included Freud’s use of the coin toss to help patients make a difficult decision, and a Danish poet’s tip that a coin spinning in the air provides sudden clarity.
This, of course, led me to pondering the U.K.’s continuing Brexit dilemma and the potential for a coin-toss decision making process.  A coin toss, at least in American politics, has been used to make some consequential decisions any number of times.
Of course, con men know that coin tosses can be rigged, and scientists have exposed dynamical bias in a supposedly random toss and tumble game.
What’s a country to do when every decision is fraught with peril, or at least with the potential for fraud? How to cherry-pick the best option? Or the least painful? Don’t fear — there’s an app for that.
Which brings us to my final word on the subject: