Haiku. Fleeting thoughts. Recorded.

Posted: April 24, 2014 in Poetry
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In honor of National Poetry Month, Jan Morrill, author of “Life: Haiku by Haiku”, has been writing a theme-based haiku each day and challenging people to do the same.  (Three lucky people who do will win a copy of her book.)  I haven’t been able to do one a day, but here are the ones I’ve come up with over the month.

Cat
Warm ball of fur sleeps
Patch of sunlight pulses heat
Tiny mouse sneaks past

Spring
Frozen life unfurls
Green leaves stretch toward pale sunlight
Children play outside

Life
Each day something new
The ultimate adventure
Live it joyfully

Challenge
In spring, renewal
Each year growth begins again
Emulate the plants

Family
Bonds tighten, loosen
Friends ephemeral as clouds
Family remains

Love
Small seed germinates
Through seasons growing taller
Love and trees flourish

Friendship
Symbiotic plants
Different roots, grow as one
You, friend of my heart

Time
Whether like tortoise
Or rabbit, time moves us on
Make the most of it

Flowers
Determined to grow
Glorious colors bless our lives
Flowers, love’s language

Clouds
Pillows of angels
Harbingers of thunderstorms
Decorating sky

Water
Chuckling over rocks
Laughing towards the waiting sea
Ocean waits calmly

Summer
Fan turns lazily
Glass of tea sweats in my hand
Hammock swings slowly

Ocean
Waves rolling to sea
Suck sand from beneath my feet
Rhythmic, soothing sound

Children
Intrusive forces
Filling and emptying hearts
Nothing is the same

Travel
Milkweed fluff windblown
Capriciously blown along
My mode of travel

Letters
Reach of loving heart
Sometimes inadequate words
Build relationships

Comments
  1. Jan Morrill says:

    I’m so glad you’ve been participating, Janet. I’ve enjoyed reading all of your beautiful haiku. And, I’m glad your count and my count matched! 🙂

  2. I love them all, Janet. Standout favorites for me are Ocean, Water, Spring, and cat.

  3. Kuruk says:

    Woohoowooooo! So many pawesome haiku!

  4. M-R says:

    Some really nice images there, Janet ! 🙂

    • I thought of you when I posted it, M.R., and laughed to myself. I’m glad you found some you enjoyed. I really wasn’t trying to give you haiku madness.

      janet

      • M-R says:

        My opinion = zilch. Just my opinion.
        I think (stop me if I’ve said this) that I’m just not a fan of any challenge, really. Which is stupid, I know. 😦

      • The fact that you’re not a huge fan of haiku but found some images you like says something good go me about the appeal of what I wrote.

        As for challenges, I like to participate in some, as it’s a great way to get my work out there and to also see that of lots of others. But I don’t like to do too many or I don’t get anything of my own done. Balance, balance, balance.

      • M-R says:

        High-wire stuff, me old china. 🙂

  5. I think that sometimes haiku is the only way to express something that needs an outlet. Thanks for sharing these, Janet! My favourites are Clouds and Water. Perhaps I’ll share some of mine on our blog ‘one day’.

  6. gapark says:

    These are all wonderful! You have a gift for haiku. You must have enough to publish a book of them by now??

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