Friday, December 19, 2008
A winter haiku contest
I attended a haiku workshop this summer, with terrific poets, academics and lovers of haiku. In fact, we were the novices in the group. I was surprised to learn (although one of you told me before) that the 5, 7, 5 syllable form is not required or a rule.
So here's my rules:
- refer directly or indirectly to the winter season somehow
- 3 lines (5,7,5 if you wish, but not required)
I'll pull a name at random and award a prize. To get things going:
cold bright morning -
a fresh breeze
spanks my cheeks
If you're too busy with Christmas things to think about poetry - don't feel pressured (hmmm, but there is the prize...)
jolly man, reindeer-pulled sleigh
brings gifts to children
keeps global warming away
oh you are the happy haikuist, aren't you?
I'll try to think of one but only for fun and not as an entry. So glad you're back.
I am freezing
And I am - just got in from walking the dog. It's bloody cold out there!
fat, fat, flakes fall down
open mouth, stick out tongue and
catch a cold crystal
Merry Christmas, Gary!
living in the real world
but blogs still watched
nice to see you two!
There are some fine entries here - and right when you all should be stressing over Christmas too. Thanks.
glistening in the sun
now I embrace the rain
Hello to you , neighbor to the north!
We had a bout with snow & ice,
but now it has melted & the rains returned.
In fact I posted the Beatles tune *RAIN* on my blog, because I am genuinely happy to have it return. Just the the north, Portland & Salem still a winter wonderland with 8 to 10 inches of the white stuff.
Great if you want to stay home,
bummer if you have to get out or fly.
Always trade offs in life, still it is beautiful.
Happy Holidays to you & yours
flakes from branches into my eye
Ah.. I am alive
- Michelle Laurie (Rossland), amateur haiku writer, experienced winter dweller
As for the haiku, you bet - I'll be back!
flutter and snow spray
beneath weighted branch -
a chickadee stretches
while I tread the snow by foot
arriving at last
winter should be called
for Palestine and neighbors
they need to chill now
the dream of a flake
of snow came true today while
melting on my nose
oil is found right here
where hands can gently touch you
warmth is everywhere
...blablabla - How are you Gary?
If you ever come to the greater New York region, I wish that you would make an attempt to contact me. It would be fun to meet up and chat a bit.
Happy New Year!
Hey everyone: one more day for haiku (nice work Zee - I love the 4th one). Then the draw and the amazing (okay, at least nice) prize awarding.
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