For Frank Tassone’s weekly haikai challenge to write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to cherry blossoms (sakura).
Off-prompt today . . . but whatcha gonna do when the muse strikes before the birds sing?
The day 2 prompt for NaPoWriMo challenged us to pose questions in a natural setting, inviting the reader “continue the process of reading (and, in some ways, writing) the poem.” This seemed like a no-brainer for haiku or tanka. Enjoy!
Fire Season Off to a Furious Start — Chinook Observer
DNR Responds to First Wildfires of 2019 — Dpt of Natural Resources
National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook — Predictive Services
When I first stumbled on haiku as something other than a practice of strict adherence to the 5-7-5 syllable count, I felt a curious sense of freedom. Over the years, I also found that haiku’s discipline has helped me get to the core cause of an experience, while allowing space for the other person’s reflection, learning and voice.
daisies in bloom ~
what work we do to
grow with families
It seems to me the world could stand a good dose of haiku writing practice if it helps us cut past the proverbial “BS” and “filler” and get to the heart of what really matters. Too often, we get stuck in petty quarrels over perception and politics and turf wars. What if we were able to share that inner seed or kernel of what we hold most dear through a simple poem that left room for the other?
my golden koi ~
a tsunami crests
with just one pebble