some haiku

Written for: Friday Writings #6: The Shorter The Sweeter? (posted by Rosemary)

"Greetings, dear wordsmiths! What have you been up to lately?

Me, I’ve been reading a very interesting book. (Interesting to me, anyway.) Someone in one of the haiku groups I belong to on facebook recommended it: Well-Versed: Exploring Modern Japanese Haiku, by OZAWA Minoru.

This reading has inspired my (optional) prompt for you today:

Go micro!

(a) Give us your own haiku on any subject (for some of you, I realise, this will be nothing new!)
or –  if you hate haiku – or if you write them all the time and want to do something different – give us any other kind of micropoem (i.e. up to 10 lines) formal or free. 
E.g., for the formal ones (excluding senryu and tanka, which I'm sure everyone already knows) there are lune, American sentence, gogyoshi, cherita, sevenling, shadorma, monostich, elfje, etc. etc. Please label your piece for the form you're using. (Any 10-line poem may be labelled a decastich.)

(b) Try a 'short short' story of up to 100 words

You may present us with up to six micropoems or three short short stories in the one post. 


Or else, instead of the above, feel free to do your own thing. You may give us anything you like, old or recent, in any form, on any topic. (The only stipulation is that if it's prose, please don't exceed 369 words.)

face to face
at the base of a bare tree
dog and squirrel

gleaming blue and green
near ocean in mid-Summer
sea glass

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to some haiku

  1. I love both these powerful, vivid images which (in the true spirit of haiku) convey so much more than what is stated.


  2. Jim says:

    Sara, my vote for sure is the first one. Our little toy poodle would be face to face with a squirrel but only for an instant. The next instant and the squirrel was up a tree and Katrin was on her hind feet barking up the tree at the squirrel.


  3. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #2: Sara’s latest haiku for Poets and Storytellers!


  4. Two good haikus, I love the stand-off. A vivid image.


  5. J Beames says:

    I’ve seen a live version of the face-off with our dog and squirrels many times. (Squirrels always win) I enjoy your take on it


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