jornales

for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

Nine for NaHaiWriMo (copying, rewriting some old haiku of mine)

National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo)–that’s what’s going on. I don’t know if we have to sign up and join a ‘marathon’ but I’ve taken it up anyway. What I have here for the past nine days though isn’t honest, I mean, not fresh–freshened up is more like it. I scrounged around for them from rejects of submissions and buffed them up. And so, the kigo is mixed–there’s autumn, winter, spring and summer here. Still, I know some of them or most of them aren’t ‘good haiku’ but like most of what I write, they transform into something else after a while. I don’t really write a haiku a day; when I do, it’s often up to ten or more. So, here are my take for NaHaiWriMO counted from day one. I hope to make the kigo right for the month of February in the next two weeks.

1.
empty nest
scrapes an ivy wall–
broken silence

2.
crow cawing
over shuttered houses
pierces my thoughts

3.
delayed arrival—
a hat bobs over the hedge
the wrong way

4.
lit up skies–
so many darkened doors
shushed walls

5.
twilight–
she kneels
to smell a rose

6.
winter thought–
on a window
a trickle

7.
stalactites–
her stubborn reply
scribbled

8.
raindrops
on an evening window–
what’s unsaid

9.
crescent moon–
his silence
his droopy eyes

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February 10, 2011 - Posted by | haiku, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. island trail
    in the back yard today
    butterflies

    yeah. that was today – feb. 9, 2011.
    in some ways this has become curious to me… when the concept of kigo originated it must have been in one area – so the season was probably basically the same for everyone writing ku. now that ku is planet wide it seems it’s hard to say when a kigo matches the season. the butterfly trail in my back yard has become active in the last week or two – yeah, in January/February. it’s not a major trail but it’s been there since i’ve been here – 20 plus years or so. normally i wouldnt think of butterfly trails as a winter season indicator – i think it does start up about this time of year tho. may be late january… sometimes i think all we can do is write what is around us and let others decide if that’s right or not. i like this butterfly season. cool on the month of haiku. and cool on you revisiting your haiku each day.

    Comment by Rick Daddario | February 10, 2011 | Reply

    • bwahahahahaaha – i see WP thinks i wrote this on Feb. 10, 2011. my case exactly – it’s still Feb. 9, 2011 for me. okay okay, it’s 11:54 PM on Feb, 9, 2011 – but that’s still today for me.

      Comment by Rick Daddario | February 10, 2011 | Reply

      • We got the same problem though I think we’re earlier this side of the Pacific!

        Comment by alee9 | February 10, 2011

    • First off, I love your haiku, Wrick! It could well be mine if I weren’t consciously trailing about in my new country, taking note of the season’s imprints and non-prints. I still find myself looking as if through a fractured glass though, where the sun, for example, shines in hues so like yet unlike what I recognize. And yes, butterflies! Back home in the Philippine archipelago, they flit around amost all year. I loved the tiny yellow species, which flutter like disembodied petals. Did you know that when a butterfly just suddenly burst into sight, we believe it is a soul?

      butterfly
      oh, on my shoulder–
      name long gone

      A ‘season indicator’ aka ‘kigo’ is intrinsic by tradition in haiku, is what I understand. And a kigo to my mind is nothing else but life’s details. If it’s possible to simplify it in these terms, it’s quite easy to understand why haiku thrives anywhere and up to now. It’s an art form that could never fade or die because its womb is the spirit. Reading more and more of its history, I’ve come to believe that it aims at nothing but joy! Joy from uncovering a secret, life’s or nature’s secret, that is. And that is infinite, right? Aren’t we lucky to have sutmbled on haiku? (I caught it on the internet years ago.) At least with it we can be certain of finding ‘joy’ everyday. Cool on you for your thoughts and your butterfly! Thanks to you for finding my revisits cool!

      Comment by alee9 | February 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. Alegria, you can read more about NaHaiWriMo at http://sites.google.com/site/nahaiwrimo/. Most people are participating by posting on the Facebook page for NaHaiWriMo, but blogs and other methods of sharing (or just writing for oneself) are great ways to participate too!

    Michael

    Comment by michaeldylanwelch | February 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Michael!

      I first heard about NaHaiWriMo from Jessica (old pond) at her first attendance of our Vancouver Haiku Group last meeting. I looked it up immediately but perhaps the Facebook site for it hasn’t been set up. I tried again but again it must have been too early to find a ‘posting site’. But I’ll catch up with the posts now.

      Thanks again for taking the time to let me know right here in my blog! I feel so honored!

      Comment by alee9 | February 19, 2011 | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on jornales and commented:

    My first nine posts at NaHaiWriMo written off site and off prompt. It’s been a year and I’m still writing a haiku a day (no at least two now, more the past year). It’s been a really productive year. Haiku not only instilled the discipline in focus but especially in habit that I so needed. There’s more to say about NaHaiWriMo but for now, enjoy this first blush…

    Comment by alee9 | March 16, 2012 | Reply


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