rowing through

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 18

A tough prompt today for someone who is trying to write daily haiku!  Guest prompter Carol Stephen asked us to write a glosa poem. I decided to adhere to the spirit of the prompt, rather than the precise form, so I modified the challenge a bit. I used a Shiki haiku as an epigram, and then wrote a sequence of three haiku, in which the final line of each haiku is a line from Shiki’s haiku (in order). I dropped the rhyming requirement entirely. I found the Shiki haiku on page 24 of The Haiku Handbook, by William J. Higginson and Penny Harter. It is one of my favorites.

rowing through
out of the mist
the wide sea

— Shiki

My “modified glosa”:

only the sound
of oars in water
rowing through

so far away
mountains rise
out of the mist

alone
with my thoughts
the wide sea

More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.

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