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My Hope: a Haiku

  

Life can be dismal
Filled with depression and dread
My faith is my hope

This Haiku/Haiga is my entry in the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai challenge “depression”.  I took the photo used for this challenge in the Smokey Mountains on vacation last year, though I don’t recall where exactly. 

Ronovan’s Challenge #38- Ill & Rest

Despite being very under the weather and in the hospital, Ronovan has kept up his work not only on his blog but also his challenge prompts. This week’s words – ill and rest – are pretty obvious as to their inspiration. But they proved to be a good challenge no matter their source, though I’m sure he would’ve been happy to have not had the inspiration for them! Thanks always go out to you, Ron, for your time and effort but this week extra prayers, too, for a speedy recovery. 

Morally ill but
We are so blind we don’t see
We’re just like the rest

I will leave the haiku here, without further commentary, so you may ponder upon it a bit yourself. Feel free to leave comments and/or interpretations in the section below. 

Fireflies: a haiku 

Working with the challenge offered up today by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai I submit this haiku. 

Fireflies flicker
Lights dancing about my yard
Fireflies flicker

The inspiration was from the challenge poem and the subject, fireflies in the backyard, is a favorite of mine. I have many fond memories from my childhood of chasing and catching them as well as with my kids and grandson. 

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of my own accessible today and, since we are out and about, don’t have the time to search for one, though this would be a good subject for a haiga. 

Butterflies: Tan Renga Challenge 

Today I found a new and very different, for me, challenge in my inbox from Carpe Diem Haiku: a Tan Renga challenge. Now, I’ll be completely candid here – I had no idea how this challenge was really supposed to work. After reading a few articles I found through searching the term “tan renga” I came to the conclusion it was a collaborative poem of two authors, one writing the first three lines – haiku – and the other adding two more lines of seven syllables each, effectively making a tag-team-tanka, at least that’s how I understood it. The challenge page gives the idea and the haiku to start with and what I have here is the completed poem (the last two lines being mine):

  

at the wagon’s approach,
out from the grass
flies the butterfly
fluttering colorful wings
takes her onto the next bloom

(Though I looked, I couldn’t find a photo of my own to use here so I got this image here and edited it a bit to my taste.)

I found this exercise quite enjoyable and, once again, learned something new. I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I did working it up and learning about this style.  

Chess Game: A Reflection on Life

As soon as I opened today’s email from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai I knew I wanted to play. And yes, since the challenge/prompt words are “chess game” I am doing a little word play in my opening paragraph, too!   

 (Photo credit)

Life itself is but
A chess game with endless moves
We can only loose

No matter what we think about or accomplish during  our time on Earth there’s one thing we are all assured: our time, life, will end at some point. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t play the game to the very best we can.

I’m not a big chess player or fan but I think that games are catalogued in some form and place for others to study and learn from. How we live our lives is our legacy we leave behind in the form of memories and “things” (like journals, handmade items, etcetera) our loved ones and friends, even folks we don’t know, can “study” and learn from. I believe it’s important to think about how we have played the game and what our record reflects. 

Haiku Challenge: Foul & Sweet

I mentioned in an earlier post about how much I enjoy not only reading and interacting on other blogs but also how much I enjoy learning so many diverse things. Recently, as I’ve started writing haiku again, I’ve learned there is a lot more to them than just the 5-7-5 meter if one wants to attempt to write one “right”. For instance, in reading a post from Ronovan Writes today, I learned how the first and second lines should form a sentence and the second and third lines should also, along with a few other guidelines; you can read them all yourself by clicking on the link at the beginning of this sentence. (If you’re interested, you can also read the brief exchange Ronovan and I had in the comments section of his post about the “rules”.)

With my newfound knowledge in “brain”, I decided to take a swing at his challenge this week (using the words “foul” and “sweet”) implementing said knowledge with the attempt of producing a more “correct” haiku but one I still liked. This is the fruit of my labor:

Tender and sweet is
The scent of a newborn child
Turns foul with a grunt

I just had to have a little fun with this one!

While I probably won’t stay with using all the proper structures in all my future pieces, I did find it fun to incorporate them today. The extra guidelines made the simple poem a bit more challenging to write, which I enjoyed. And doing it the “way it was intended” to be done was kind of fulfilling in itself, being true to the art and science, if you will, of the poem. 

Willow Tree: a haiku 

This week’s prompt from Haiku Horizons is “weep”, a challenge-word that one could work in a lot of ways. In fact, last night I went through several drafts on a totally different topic with this word, which I might share later.  What I ended up with was my tree. 

Long flowing branches
Teeming with serenity 
Weeping willow tree

I’ve always loved the peaceful look of a weeping willow tree. When we were house hunting several years ago the last house we looked at, and bought, had a huge weeping willow in the back yard: I was in love. I always joke to folks that I bought the tree and the house came with it! :0)

Skimming Through

The weekly prompt from Haiku Horizons this week is skim, and it is a good one for me at this time. Someone recently said that haikus are often mini-chapters of our lives and, for me at least, that’s usually the case- a snapshot of life if you will. 

The following is what the prompt produced for me, today, at this moment:

Life is in chaos
Upheaval abounds all ’round
Barely I skim through 


Highs and lows, peaks and valleys, we all go through them throughout our lives.  If I’m completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of change in any sense: it doesn’t matter if it’s perceived as good or bad, none of it is fun to me. Thankfully the situation we are in or facing now, especially if we see it as “bad”, is as sure as the season to change. We only need to hold onto our hope of a better day that is coming to get us through the valleys of life. 

‘Atop the Mountain

First off, my hat’s off to Ronovan for keeping up his weekly challenges and blog-work in general through a tough week: Kudos, my friend! The challenge words this weekfield and beacon – brought out a more more natural flow, with minimal effort, unlike one from last week from Haiku Horizons. 

Gazing yonder field
‘Atop the mountain is He
The beacon of hope 

The words and their product made me think of how Christ compared us to a city on a hill, who’s light ought to shine bringht, only it made me focus on how Jesus is the true light of hope for the whole of humanity