show & tell

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 21

There is a synchronicity in today’s Poetic Asides prompt, by Bruce Niedt, to use song titles to write a poem. I just sent off a submission to Aubrie Cox yesterday, for her upcoming post in which we were to use only song titles to write haiku, etc. Aubrie’s rules were a bit more stringent: no extra words were allowed beyond those in the actual titles. Punctuation was the only thing that could be added. I have to admit that I tweaked Bruce’s rules a bit, to make my life easier. I only used three song titles instead of five (after all, this is 3 -line haiku!), and only the first title was selected completely randomly. Once I got “show & tell” as a first line, I played around with other title possibilities from my itunes, until I found two others that would work together.

show & tell
three little birds singing
in the sunshine

Song Title Credits:

“show & tell”– Al Wilson
“three little birds”– Bob Marley
“sunshine”–Keane

“Ten thousand birds” is a spring kigo. I’ll settle for three. ;-)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”

***

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

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

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.

melting snow

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 17

Today’s  guest prompt by Maxie Steer is to make the title “How to [blank]”. I settled for just using the phrase somewhere in my haiku. I did autumn yesterday, so today I decided to go with a spring kigo:

melting snow
learning how
to let go

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

autumn ginkgo

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 16

Today’s  guest prompt by Joseph Mills is to use the last line of the poem we wrote yesterday, to start our poem today. There is a pleasing symmetry to this. Here was my haiku from yesterday:

stealing color
from the sun
autumn ginkgo

And here’s my haiku for today, with shades of the Day 9 prompt woven in as well:

autumn ginkgo
only bare branches
after you’re gone

“Autumn leaves” is (still!) an autumn kigo.   It seems only fitting to write the second haiku, as we raked up the last leaves from the ginkgo yesterday. It was, as always, quite glorious last week with its golden leaves. More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.

stealing color

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 15

Today’s  guest prompt by Jared Davidavich is to “Write a tradeoff poem. Could be an exchange, forfeit, or swap.” I interpreted it quite loosely, and took liberties with the kigo as well. I guess I’m more interested in creating a haiku I’m happy with, than adhering strictly to the rules. I just let the prompts guide me. 🙂

stealing color
from the sun
autumn ginkgo

“Autumn leaves” is (of course!) an autumn kigo.  I just substituted in a more specific kind of leaf. More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.

morning chill

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 14

Today’s  guest prompt by Catherine Lee is to “write a stuck poem”. I have to admit that I was stuck on this one for awhile, and almost wrote about that! I also thought of a record skipping, a bird flapping to stay in place, a postage stamp, and walking on a treadmill, but nothing really grabbed me, until I got the idea to write about a spider’s web:

the garden spider’s
web in tatters
morning chill

“Morning chill” is an autumn kigo.  More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.

filagreed frost

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 13

Today’s Two-for-Tuesday guest prompt by Michael Grove is to either write a letter poem or write a recipe poem. I chose the latter:

filagreed frost
her faded handwriting
on old recipe cards

“Frost” is a winter kigo.  More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.

time travel

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge- Day 12

Today’s intriguing prompt is by Jane Shlensky: “Write about a piece of technology or engineering that does not exist but that should.” It was a little bit tough to do justice to this prompt in 6-12 words, but here goes:

time travel
last year’s robin
back again

“Robin” is a spring kigo.  More poetic responses can be read on the Poetic Asides blog.