Feb 21

Haiku 1020: NaHaiWriMo 20 by Kelly

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Tags: , , , February 21st, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

How did this happen?

I missed a daily haiku!

rain turns into snow

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Feb 15

Haiku 1013: NaHaiWriMo 15 by Kelly

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Tags: , , , , February 15th, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

I watch

snow flakes big as June bugs

land and melt

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Feb 08

Haiku 1002: NaHaiWriMo 8 by Kelly

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Tags: , , , , , February 8th, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

I’m impressed with us

one thousand and two haiku —

snow moon but no snow

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Feb 01

Haiku 989: NaHaiWriMo 1 by Kelly

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , February 1st, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

the morning of my

resolution dawns misty —

cold snow meets warm air

I didn’t pledge any New Year’s resolutions. The new year just came on too fast. It was Christmas and then, suddenly, it was January. I wanted any resolutions I made to be meaningful and realistic, and I felt that coming up with the perfect goal would require thought. Thought, of course, would require time. And time was in short supply.

But then the end of January arrived, and with it the Year of the Dragon. Chinese New Year presented me with a new opportunity to set a resolution. The crush of the holidays was gone. The visiting, out-of-town family members were safely back in their own homes. After so many days off at the end of the year, I’d readjusted to my work schedule. Finally, it seemed there was space for my mind to reassess, commit to change, and make a resolution.

And so, here it is: Starting today, everyday for the next month, I will write one haiku.

This may not seem like a difficult task. After all, I’ve been haiku’ing regularly for the past three years. But in the past six months, my haiku muscle has fallen out of practice. My posted haiku grew farther and farther apart. Often, I composed haiku in my mind, but those little poems never make it to the page (or screen) and ended up lost in the daily mental shuffle. This has frustrated me. I even wrote about it in a November post. But I didn’t change my ways.

Now, though, I am changing my ways. I am joining NaHaiWriMo, which is short for National Haiku Writing Month. Hundreds have joined the effort for the month of February.

NaHaiWriMo is an off-shoot of a similar idea. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. That month takes place in November and every year it has grown more and more popular with writers all over the world registering their daily word counts with the NaNoWriMo web site.

NaHaiWriMo has a Facebook page where participants can post their daily haiku and read the daily haiku of others’. It also posts a writing prompt every day for those who need help getting their ideas into haiku.

Head to the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page to learn more, and by all means, check back at Haiku By Two to see how my month of daily haiku is going.

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Jan 30

Haiku 988

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Tags: , , , , , , , January 30th, 2012

by Kelly

by Kelly

Sunday morning snow

glitters like sun on diamonds —

We shop for Han Min.

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Jan 12

Haiku 985

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , January 12th, 2012

by Alison

by Alison

winter’s first snow falls

lace weaves into the landscape –

I want to paint

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Jan 07

Haiku 984

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , January 7th, 2012

by Alison

by Alison

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Suddenly my state

is filled with Republicans –

Oh, the primaries!

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I wonder which one

will win the nomination?

I am “Undeclared”.

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An Undeclared is

our version of an Indy.

We wait, watch and wait.

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We also wait for

snow, teasing us by falling

and melting away.

..

Instead we feel spring

in January, oh joy!

The debate heats up.

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The night brings the cold

but when we wake I hope

we vote… moderate.

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Dec 30

Haiku 982

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , December 30th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

Who are these dummies

that keep falling through the ice?

strange December warmth

Every night there is a story on the news about someone who has fallen through the ice on one of Minnesota’s ten-thousand lakes, and every night Hubby and I turn to each other and say, “Who are these idiots?”

After last winter’s deluge of snow, we’re strangely snow-less this year. Not only are we snow-less, we’re also cold-less. Temperatures reached 40 degrees on Christmas! Unbelievable in this neck of the woods for this time of year. With temps like that, it’s no wonder the lakes aren’t frozen solid yet.

Which brings me back to my haiku. Last night there was a story on the news about a man who took his toddler for a joy ride on an ATV on a lake, and (surprise, surprise), the ATV fell through the ice! Luckily, some teenagers were ice skating nearby (crazy girls) and called 911. Everyone survived. But still. Who are these dummies? There is no way I’d wander out onto a lake right now, no matter how frozen it appears, let alone drive on one!

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Dec 02

Haiku 979

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , December 2nd, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

only time will tell

if this second snow will stick —

please, we pray, for change

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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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