Nov 28

Haiku 977

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , November 28th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

I notice the moon,

evening clouds, the sound of wind

but don’t pen haiku

Lately, I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with my haiku duties. My attempt to earn a few extra bucks this fall by taking on extra hours at work has backfired on me by sucking up any energy I might have had to dabble in the creative arts.

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about haiku. I think about haiku all the time. I’m always on the lookout for haiku moments. And I find them. Often, in fact. If only I could find the time to write them all down. I know it shouldn’t be that hard. After all, a haiku is only three little lines. But inspiration has been in short supply these days.

Instead of writing haiku, I keep picking up and rereading a poem I came across a few months ago. It was written by Mary Oliver, and it strikes me as very haiku-like. The last two lines of the poem will probably be familiar as they are often quoted. But those last two lines aren’t where I see the haiku. I see the haiku in the attention paid to the grasshopper. Do you?

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean —

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down —

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

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Nov 17

Haiku 976

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , November 17th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison


Wear the sun screen folks!

Along with a wide brimmed hat

and Oil of Olay.


Check out Audrey Hepburn and Kate Moss rocking the wide brimmed hats! Wearing a wide brimmed hat does not need to make one look like they just popped out of an Army Navy shop. Wide brimmed hats can be very chic. And you can bet that this is going to be my new obsession. I want the most fabulous, awe inspiring (as well as a few sporty and practical) wide brimmed hats that are out there. And yes, along with sunscreen and Oil of Olay… they offer sun protection!

So I just had my surgery yesterday and I want to tell you that although it was not a huge deal, it was not a small deal either. After the surgery I was given a mirror to look at the wound on my forehead and It looked like I was shot in the head. Thankfully, they stitched it up and covered it with a bandage and I don’t have to look at it for two days, when I have to remove the bandage and clean the stitching. My forehead is now swollen and it looks like there is a goose egg sitting underneath the bandage. It may take up to three weeks for the swelling to go down. My left eyebrow is raised due to the pulling of the stitching and it may take up to 6 months for my eyebrow to relax into it’s normal position. The scar will heal into it’s permanent state in 1 – 2 years. As far as activity is concerned, I am supposed to do close to nothing for the next week, a little more than nothing for the second week and I’m not to exercise for the next month. Whoa!!! It will be interesting to see how 4 year old Penny handles a more sedentary mom and I’m also curious as to see what my house will turn into.

So all of this is certainly endurable but it still sucks. So ladies and gentlemen and the kiddos especially, wear your sunscreen and not just at the beach! Because it’s good for you and your skin will thank you.

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Nov 09

Haiku 975, take two

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , November 9th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

It hasn’t snowed yet,

but it will. Soon. — We wait for

news of Henry Han.

Late last night I created a haiku and scheduled it to post this morning. Of course, as soon I went to bed, my mind started playing that poem over and over in my mind and I came up with a better version. Or what I think is a better version.

But I did’t get into the system early enough today to change it before it went live. Usually, when this happens (this isn’t the first time I’ve thought of a better version of a haiku once I posted), I go into the system and fiddle with my words within the post. By doing this, though, readers probably won’t notice what sort of revisions I’ve made, or what sort of thought process I went through. So this time, instead of just making the changes, I decided to leave the original and then create a new post for the revision in order to reveal my writing process.

I like this second version of the haiku better than the first. The second falls more in line with the idea that a haiku have a break, a switch in perspective.

And I like that even though this haiku has a change in topics that both, really, are about waiting. In the beginning, the waiting is for snow, for a change of season. In the end, the waiting is for news of a child, for news that our adoption match has been accepted and approved by the Chinese government.

Hubby and I are hoping that the snow, when it comes, will bring with it that blessed paperwork for which we are waiting. After all, according to the paperwork we got about our little guy, “Han” means winter.

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Nov 09

Haiku 975

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , November 9th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

It hasn’t snowed yet,

but it will. We’re placing bets.

Dark morning, dark night.

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Nov 08

Sites We Check Out Regularly

Posted: under Links.
Tags: , November 8th, 2011

We don’t just blog. We read blogs, too. And not just haiku blogs! Here are links to blogs we frequent:

Lunch Break
A haiku/haiga dialogue by Gillena Cox who lives in sunny St. James on the island of Trinidad.

Tiny Topaz
Pretty pictures served up with “. . . perfect words in perfect order.” Those would be the blogger’s words.

My Mommy’s Place
A stay-at-home, Ohio mom posts witty haiku about her life.

Haiku USA
Haiku by Bill, who started writing haiku one month before his 72nd birthday.

Haiku Sue
Haiku Sue is an advice columnist for the online newspaper Style Wylde. Haiku Sue’s claim to fame? All of her advice is given in haiku form. Sage Advice in 17 Syllables!

All Are Equal
Sometimes haiku, sometimes thoughtful quotes. You never really know what you’ll find on Chris’ blog.

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Nov 07

Haiku 974

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , November 7th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

I find a light bulb

in my underwear drawer.

What was I thinking?

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Nov 02

Haiku 973

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , November 2nd, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

my rosy fair skin

susceptible to the sun –

Basal Cell Cancer


It’s been a tough week. Basal Cell Carcinoma is a very treatable form of Cancer. I know this. It’s not the same as Melanoma. Still, when the doctor called to say “Cancer” today I found myself a little shaken up. I could kick myself for spending the past 8 months trying out “herbal remedies” on what I thought was a persistant little rash. I could kick myself for always saying “I don’t have time” to see a doctor. I’m guessing there will be a scar of some sort and a subsequent change of hairstyle. Not bad, all things considered. But this echoes the theme of my last haiku. My mantra for the next year will be “Alison, take care of yourself.” It seems it is true. It is impossible to take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.

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Nov 01

Haiku 972

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , November 1st, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

leaves scrape the pavement

I startle and look behind

but I’m all alone

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