Definition

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.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Transforming Fridays with Nature's Wonders

Hello! Welcome to day seventeen of poem-a-day for the month of April – congratulations to everyone participating in this writing – reading – poetry-loving event!

And because it’s National Poetry Month I’d like to take the time to feature a form that is particular to the expression of nature – we’ll celebrate and recognize haiku today because today is NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY –April 17!!

We’ll speak in the tongue of nature…any facet of the wild-natural-world that we choose. Express your poetry today in the traditional style of haiku or step into a modern manifestation of haiku in English.

The most well-known Japanese haiku:


old pond . . .
a frog leaps in
water's sound

Bashō's "old pond":


And one from the haiku movement in North America:


Snow in my shoe
Abandoned
Sparrow's nest
Jack Kerouac (collected in Book of Haikus, Penguin Books, 2003)


Feel free to be expansive in your choice of POV explore a different voice, (is there a plant or animal that would like to be the breath of your poem today). Sight-see and bring us the place of your choosing, (include an images if you wish).

If you'd like – write a series of haiku and chain them together or craft a singular vision. Have fun and sink into the skin of this amazing ancient and modern form.

 I’m attempting to keep this post brief but please, stopover to the links I’ve provided for further explanations on the holiday and the haiku form itself.

The poetry you link today must be haiku, and must be new – written specifically for this post. Thank you!

Please, add your link to Mr. Linky, leave a comment and visit your syllable-counting nature-loving friends!

Happy writing! 

19 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

I was going to skip today. But how could I? Not on National Haiku Poetry Day! One must always celebrate a holiday one just discovered. ;-D

Sumana Roy said...

so glad to learn about National Haiku Poetry Day...posted mine :)

Hannah said...

So happy to see these early offerings! Thank you and I look forward to visiting others today. :)

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all like my haiku :D

Thank you Hannah for enlightening us about National Haiku Poetry Day and for giving us this opportunity :D

Enjoy the weekend :)
xoxo

Björn Rudberg said...

I wrote a haiku today for another prompt.. not completely acceptable in terms of kigo and nature, but maybe thought-provoking.

Marian said...

FUN fun fun fun! Fun!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I set my grade 8 class a haiku assignment for the weekend, without knowing today was haiku day. How cool is that?

Susie Clevenger said...

I haven't written haiku in a while. Happy to celebrate haiku day!

Other Mary said...

This is a great idea! I'm so glad it's not National Epic Poem Day! lol

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Here's my modest offering.

Hannah said...

That IS cool, Kerry! I love that kind of serendipity!

Thank you, everyone for your haiku!! :)

Gail said...

I attempted it but did a 5/7/5.

Jennifer Wagner said...

Thanks for this, Hannah! LOL @ Other Mary's comment--me too!

Margaret said...

Back after about a 3 week break. I've missed the Garden!

Jim said...

This was fun, Hannah. I like writing them because they can be short, a little longer (tanka) or as long as you wish (serial three liners). Most of mine are Senryū.
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Fireblossom said...

Haiku. Oh dear.

Outlawyer said...

Hey, sweet prompt, Hannah! K.

grapeling said...

I knew this would be Shay's favorite prompt. :)

Thanks for the prompt, Hannah ~

Ella said...

Hello Hannah! Sorry I am late...phew, posted it before midnight~ Happy Weekend, Toads