night sky

December Haiku Share

I think it’s high time for a moon ku. The prompt for this one was actually “anything quirky”.

night sky –
 my thumb
eclipsing the moon

1st place, Shiki Kukai, July 2010
3rd place, Shiki Kukai 8th Annual Poets’ Choice Kukai

 

If you missed the initial post, click here to read about the month long haiku challenge I am holding right here on my blog this December.

milk moon

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 30

And I did it again! (Made it to the end of another daily PAD challenge.) Today’s prompt is by guest prompter Violet Nesdoly: write a milk poem. I decided to go with another moon haiku– why not?

milk moon
my newborn baby
stirs in my arms

“Moon” is still an autumn kigo technically, although “Milk Moon” was one of several names given to the May full moon by Native Americans, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.  More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.

And stay tuned tomorrow for a new idea I had for daily December blog posts that involve my blog readers!

new moon

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 29

Today’s prompt by guest prompter Bonita Jones Knott: write a birth poem. This is sort of a birth poem– a renewal poem anyway:

new moon
starting over again
again

“Moon”, for whatever reason, is an autumn kigo, so autumn it is.  More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.

earthshine

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 24

My favorite kind of prompt is one which prompts me to learn something new in order to write it.Today’s prompt, by Amanda Fall was of this type. The prompt was to write a poem with the title “The Truth about [blank]”. I immediately thought of the moon, and while googling some facts about the moon to make sure what I said was correct, I discovered this fascinating NASA article about earthshine. I have witnessed this phenomena in the past, and wondered about it– now I know!

This was the evolution of my haiku, from my first pass, through a 3rd version (which lost “the truth about” phrase entirely). I’m interested to see which version others prefer.

the truth
about the moon
reflected sunlight

earthshine
the truth
about the moon

earthshine
the dark side
of the moon

“Moon”, without a preceding modifying adjective,  is an autumn kigo. More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.

circle time

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 19

Today’s prompt comes from guest prompter Madeline Sharples, and is to write a wheel poem. There are so many kinds of wheels, I hardly knew where to start. In the end I settled for the following two, and decided to go kigo-less today as well:

circle time
another round
of “wheels on the bus”

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the steady squeak
of the hamster wheel…
awake with the moon

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