One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Words Count With Mama Zen

A poetry prompt?  On Christmas Day?  Ain't nobody got time for that!

Let's keep it short and sweet.  Today, we're writing ho ho hoku: 5-7-5 syllables of happy holiday (or, bah humbug!) 'ku for your fellow Toads.  Do as many as you like; there's no word count.  Just have some fun. Post whenever you get a chance.  No one shall receive a lump of coal for being late.

Merry Christmas, Toads!

Mama Zen


Kerry O'Connor said...

One of favourite catch phrases!

Thanks for making this a real short option, MZ. It's 1.30PM my time. Presents unwrapped, cooking marathon complete and I'm slipping into my Christmas day food coma... However, I shall endeavour to put together 17 syllables (between today and tomorrow). A challenge is a challenge, and I have so much to be grateful for.

Gillena Cox said...


Robert Bourne said...

this one is a challenge for those of us that are long winded... :)

Merry Christmas all...

Jim said...

Merry Christmas, and especially to Mom Zee for waking up with Santa and starting us off so early!! Good job!!!

Jim said...

p.s. My 5-7-5 is 10-10-10-10 today. I did the ditty before I read the instructions. Sorry.

Fireblossom said...

Haiku and Xmas together on the same stage at last. Welcome to hell!

Charleen said...

Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks for providing inspiration for writing, even on Christmas day!

humbird said...

There are lots of them
who wants to fly free
the mouths are moving steady

Merry Christmas to All!

My poem, based on haiku form, but I never bother to count my muse's inspiration. :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

I meant to note that my poem is 17 syllables but not 5-7-5. I'm thrilled to see so many poems already in the line up after my post-Christmas-lunch nap.

humbird said...

Thanks for this inspiration, Mama Zen! Blessings!

Loredana Donovan said...

Ho ho ho hoku,
here is one for you:

Happy Holidays!
Spread glitters of poetry,
peace, love and good cheer

Susan said...

Heck! Where did you find this GREAT tune? I've got to share it!

Haiku for the Imaginary Garden

Peep! When Real Toads speak,
peep! Seasons stop to hear, look,
and praise the Garden.

Merry Christmas, toads.
Love, Susan

Susie Clevenger said...

Love the video!! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or just a simple Have a beautiful day. :)

Grace said...

The video is a gem MZ ~ Had a good laugh while writing my haiku ~ Happy Holidays to all ~

Anonymous said...

hope y'all have a good day.

MZ, that's some vid. I had time for that.

Anonymous said...

Hey MZ and Kerry-- hope all well. My drawing, I confess, a bit rushed--or the iPhone painting part! Though I am really having a very relaxed time at this point. Thanks for all your fun through the year. k.

Mama Zen said...

Hope you guys had a little fun with this. I just got home from my Christmas travels, but I'll be around as soon as I can.

Susan said...

Here's another called
"The Day After"

Returns to the store?
I don’t have time for that! That’s
What Good Will is for.

Margaret said...

HO HO HO… I am playing but will be LATE. It has been the busiest Christmas ever - I always thought it would be less crazy as the kids aged… but they stay up so LATE and want to go to movies and malls … I'm exhausted (in a good way)