NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 31

May 31 prompt: summer vacation


Memorial Day weekend traditionally signifies the start of summer, even though here in Portland, there are still 3 more weeks of school left. Well, at least the outdoor pools are open!

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hydrangeas —
at the time for summer clothes
pale blue

–Basho



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NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 30

May 30 prompt: loss and remembrance

Today we observe Memorial Day in this country. Write a haiku about loss or remembrance.

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she tells her age
spreading five fingers…
memorial for the dead

–Issa



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NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 28

May 28 prompt: bridges


Although Portland has many lovely bridges, my favorite bridge will always be the Golden Gate Bridge, opened this day in 1937.

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coolness on the bridge…
moon, you and I alone
unresigned to sleep

–Kikusha-ni



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Mind and Body

Day 26 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: What do you do for your combined physical and mental health? Is there more you’d like to do? Describe your perfect hot, sweaty, writer mama workout.

My response: My physical and mental health workouts are completely intertwined. For fitness, I try to make it to the gym five days a week, and do a combination of yoga and balanced body classes, mixed in with walking and weights. When I’m on the elliptical trainer, or recumbent bike, or just walking around the track, I turn my mind to brainstorming for my next writing piece, which occupies my mind very nicely; in balanced body class or yoga, I try to clear my thoughts, something not always easy for me. But by far the activity most conducive to clearing my thoughts is gardening. While my hands are busy, my mind is free to roam and notice the small and large details of the world around me.

It’s not too late to join in! The complete rules for this giveaway can be found here.

NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 27

May 27 prompt: anything green

In honor of Rachel Carson‘s birthday, write a haiku about anything green. Rachel Carson was perhaps best known as the author of “Silent Spring” (1962), which raised awareness of the danger of pesticides and led to  a ban on DDT in this country.

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in mid-flight
the butterfly returns
to the pines of Shiogoshi

–Chiyo-ni



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NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 26

May 26 prompt: spring’s end

The March/ April Sketchbook Kigo Kukai prompt was “spring’s end”, and I liked the resultant haiku so much, I thought I’d reprise it here. Write a haiku where the phrase “spring’s end” appears, or is strongly imaged.

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The end of spring
lingers
in the cherry blossoms

–Buson



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