When I saw the DPchallenge to write five haikus, I thought, “well, why the heck not?” And so, instead of doing my Thanksgiving shopping, I wrote the poems below.
In October, I went to my first-ever literary retreat on a scholarship for young poets. I find this funny, because my hair is almost as gray as it is black. Young? And when I went, I glimpsed into my future. At fifty, I am going to be the lady with yellow tights and purple hair.
While there, I attended an hour-long workshop on haiku and fell in love with the form. It’s great practice. You get rid of pesky adverbs and articles clogging up your writing and focus in on a single natural image. The instructor recommended sitting down outside and writing twenty haikus in a row.
“Be in the moment. And don’t try to make it good. That’s the fastest way to kill a poem.”
So when I saw the Haiku Challenge, I wrote these. Some of them are holiday themed. Some of them are silly.
Haikus for You
A dusty can rolls
from the empty cabinet
Yes! We do have peas
A lone shoe sits in
center of a puddle that
clearly reflects two
sweet potatoes turn to mush
but, perfect turkey
Leaf flutters in a breeze
Plume of smoke from a chimney
The November dance
Kids run to dinner
Sidewalk shadows long and black
Gold leaves wave them by
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November 29, 2013 at 5:52 am
Loved these,especially Thursday and Friday.
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