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

“With Cherries on Top” (a NaHaiWriMo ebook, the first of its kind haiku anthology)

“More than something to keep like journals we’ve been published in, for me this is a treasure because I have a small hand in it. Like the 30 other prompters, on whose prompts I, too, wrote, I also had the privilege to select more than five for the collection out of which Michael Dylan Welch made the final choice; in other words, I know the process that went into its making quite intimately.

But most of all, I’ll always read each haiku loving it as the work of a NaHaiWriMo friend, most of whom I’ve written with on the same page every day and still do. Thanks again, Michael, for the great work you’ve poured into this superb anthology—the first of its kind, I believe. And congrats to us all, NaHaiWriMo poets!

Definitely a treasure! Superb haiku by NaHaiWriMo poets and awesome images so apt together!” —Alegria Imperial  

The history of this book is a major part of my personal history of writing haiku. I’ve written most of it in this blog. I’m sure you have noticed how my haiku has taken shape since I signed up on Facebook because of National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo). All it asked of anyone is to write a haiku a day. I joined in mostly because I’ve met Michael Dylan Welch, who is to me everything to a haiku, and from whom I keep learning.

His role in my haiku life started with my first ever haiku award in the 2007 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) Haiku Invitational, which was also my first published haiku. He was a judge that year and I met him at Van Dusen Gardens during the Cherry Blossoms Festival a year later. I had my first ginko walk with him, too, at the gardens. How could I not trust the Facebook site he created?

As well, Melissa Allen, who I met through our blogs, by then already on to her place in English haiku,  had announced NaHaiWriMo. Also at the fourth meeting of our then newly formed Vancouver Haiku Group, Jessica Tremblay, now of Old Pond Comics fame, also a VCBF winner, who came for her first member meeting,  reminded us of NaHaiWriMo.

It turned out NaHaiWriMo couldn’t end in a month. We, who hopped in, wouldn’t let up and so, it’s still on.  In August, Michael came up with this idea of a-prompter-a-day instead of just one for the month. This book is what it was.  I know, dear readers and followers of jornales, that you love haiku. Inflame it with this “With Cherries on Top”, a haiku anthology written by poets of varying haiku-writing stages, demonstrating the very essence of haiku which is: With senses wakened is how we find newness in the same things or what we think is the same day every day, and writing it down into a haiku renews the very thing as much as the poet and those to whom the haiku is shared. I’m sure our haiku will enrich you beyond its more than a hundred pages.

My haiku on ‘watermelon’ prompt by Stella Pierides

watermelon moon

our burdens lighter

than we thought

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November 24, 2012 - Posted by | background, culturati news/views, event, haiku, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Great to hear about how you came to NaHaiWriMo, and so cool that you’ve met some of those that are so far away for me here in New Zealand! Lucky we have Facebook and our blogs. 🙂
    Thanks so much for choosing my lion ‘ku as one of the five for your prompt. I’m honoured! From one Leo to another — hear me roar!

    Comment by Kirsten Cliff | November 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Glad to know you like my post, Kirsten! And yes, how could I not chose your haiku…it spoke to me. Indeed, from one Leo to another through the heart!!! Thanks for coming by!

      Comment by alee9 | November 25, 2012 | Reply

  2. Great to read this, Alee! 🙂 I only discovered at the weekend that I had work included in this wonderful anthology.

    I was fortunate enough to meet up with a few of the Irish poets when I went to the launch of Bamboo Dreams, including Anatoly Kudryavitsky and Terry O’Ku (O’Connor)which was great.

    I love your ‘watermelon moon’! 🙂


    Comment by seaviewwarrenpoint | December 3, 2012 | Reply

    • Dear Marion,

      I’m so sorry for this awfully delayed reply to your wonderful comment especially the smileys! I’ve just flown back from Manila to attend the wake and funeral of a cousin, who’s also my godchild, and only child of an uncle, my mom’s youngest brother, who, being only five years older, I had thought was my brother, too. It was an emotional but healing homecoming.

      Yes, ‘With Cherries…’ is indeed a wonderful anthology, and like I said, ‘the first of its kind’, isn’t it? I really do treasure it not only because of it’s a great read but also because, and I repeat what I wrote on my post, the poets are my friends. Thanks so much for coming by to jornales and loving my ‘watermelon moon’. I, too, love both of yours!!

      I’m also happy about your meeting fellow Irish poets at the launch you attended especially Terry whose poetry I like a lot. Hope to meet you, too, someday!


      Comment by alee9 | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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