The Great Wave

The following video announces the British Museum‘s upcoming June 4 Hokusai documentary. It reminded me of a haiku I wrote several years ago, inspired by Hokusai’s “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.”

wave moving, growing
excitement building, rushing
calm, peaceful water

 

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National Poetry Month Contest — WINNERS!

Thank you to everyone who shared haiku with us in April. I enjoyed reading all of them!

Congratulations to my three winners:

Daniel Kurland

Claudia

Corinne

National Poetry Month always inspires me and I hope it continues to inspire you, too! Feel free to share your haiku here any time!

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National Poetry Month Contest: Day 27 – Loss

Today’s theme is “Loss.”

I think today’s haiku is self-explanatory.

Tomorrow’s theme is a “Memories.” What will you write?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of my book, Life: Haiku by Haiku, leave a comment with your original haiku (must use the Theme of the Day). Each haiku will qualify for one entry, so enter as many times as you’d like! (NOTE: Shipping address of winners must be within the United States.)

Click HERE for details on my haiku celebration of National Poetry Month!

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National Poetry Month Contest: Day 26 – Free Day

Today’s theme is “FREE DAY!”

Today is a FREE day, your day to write a haiku about anything you’d like! So this morning, I closed my eyes to think of what to write. The sounds outside my window inspired the following haiku:

Courtesy Laura Neish/VIREO

Tomorrow’s theme is a “Loss” What will you write?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of my book, Life: Haiku by Haiku, leave a comment with your original haiku (must use the Theme of the Day). Each haiku will qualify for one entry, so enter as many times as you’d like! (NOTE: Shipping address of winners must be within the United States.)

Click HERE for details on my haiku celebration of National Poetry Month!

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National Poetry Month Contest: Day 25 – Favorite Food

Today’s theme is “Favorite Food.”

Hmmm . . . choosing one favorite food. Now THAT was more of a challenge than writing seventeen syllables about it. And now that I have written about it, I’m craving it.

Salmon sashimi!!

Tomorrow is a “FREE DAY!” Write a haiku about anything you’d like! 🙂

To enter for a chance to win a copy of my book, Life: Haiku by Haiku, leave a comment with your original haiku (must use the Theme of the Day). Each haiku will qualify for one entry, so enter as many times as you’d like! (NOTE: Shipping address of winners must be within the United States.)

Click HERE for details on my haiku celebration of National Poetry Month!

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National Poetry Month Contest: Day 24 – Birth

Today’s theme is “birth.”

When was the last time you experienced the world through the eyes of a child?

See the world through eyes
Of a child and be reborn
A thousand times

The theme for tomorrow is “your favorite food.” What will you write?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of my book, Life: Haiku by Haiku, leave a comment with your original haiku (must use the Theme of the Day). Each haiku will qualify for one entry, so enter as many times as you’d like! (NOTE: Shipping address of winners must be within the United States.)

Click HERE for details on my haiku celebration of National Poetry Month!

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Creativity Flowing

I wasn’t able to post my daily haiku for National Poetry Month due to being out of town at an art workshop by Julie Spanos at the beautiful Azalea House Bed and Breakfast. But, I, along with five other attendees, did write several haiku.

Here’s one I wrote at the close of the workshop. I hope my new friends will also share the beautiful haiku they wrote this weekend.

I promise to get back to my daily haiku tomorrow! 🙂

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National Poetry Month Contest: Day 20 – Home

Today’s theme is “Home.”

I’m reposting a haiku I wrote for The Red Kimono. This haiku encapsulates Sachi’s feelings as she leaves her home for the last time before being relocated to an internment camp during World War II. I wrote it based on my own memories of leaving my house in Tulsa when I moved to Fayetteville in 2003.

I lived in this house for twenty years. It was the house where I raised my children. It was a part of me. I remember packing to move and finding an infant diaper tucked deep inside my linen closet. I remember feeling like my heart was breaking as I walked through the echoing rooms for the last time.

The theme for tomorrow is “letters.” What will you write?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of my book, Life: Haiku by Haiku, leave a comment with your original haiku (must use the Theme of the Day). Each haiku will qualify for one entry, so enter as many times as you’d like! (NOTE: Shipping address of winners must be within the United States.)

Click HERE for details on my haiku celebration of National Poetry Month!

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National Poetry Month Contest: Day 19 – Wind

Today’s theme is “Wind.”

The wind usually speaks in whispers. But one day, it howled and blew the wind chimes he’d once given me so hard they woke me. As I often do when I wake, I retrieved my phone from my nightstand to read my messages.

An email from his sister told me he was gone.

The theme for tomorrow is “home.” What will you write?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of my book, Life: Haiku by Haiku, leave a comment with your original haiku (must use the Theme of the Day). Each haiku will qualify for one entry, so enter as many times as you’d like! (NOTE: Shipping address of winners must be within the United States.)

Click HERE for details on my haiku celebration of National Poetry Month!

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National Poetry Month Contest: Day 18 – Writing

Today’s theme is “Writing.”

I must admit, today I had to tear myself away from my art to write and post my haiku. 🙂

I should be writing
My seventeen syllables
I’d rather paint koi

The theme for tomorrow is “wind.” What will you write?

To enter for a chance to win a copy of my book, Life: Haiku by Haiku, leave a comment with your original haiku (must use the Theme of the Day). Each haiku will qualify for one entry, so enter as many times as you’d like! (NOTE: Shipping address of winners must be within the United States.)

Click HERE for details on my haiku celebration of National Poetry Month!

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