December Haiku Share- Day 9

December Haiku Share

hawks
catching thermals
slow moving clouds
Cara Holman

1st place, WD Poetic Form Challenge: Hay(na)ku, Aug. 2011
Writer’s Digest, January 2012

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roads not taken
the shifting shapes
of clouds
— Seánan Forbes

a version of this appeared in Daily Haiku, Cycle 13, Summer 2012

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cold moon
even the owl
has flown
— angie werren

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waiting for the moon . .
a hawk weaves
a handful of clouds
— Sandi Pray

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shirtless
he weeds
between the gravestones
— Kirsten Cliff

Moonset 6:1 2010

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passing clouds
the scent of honeysuckle
in a crow’s wings
— Christine L. Villa

3rd place, Svetlana Marisova Memorial Kukai, September 2012

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eclipse
a mother
bares her breast
Polona Oblak

A Hundred Gourds 1:3

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a hawk’s wingspan
between wire and sky
teacup moon
Kathy Uyen Nguyen

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tree-topper
the red-tailed hawk, a lone
winged angel
Margaret Dornaus

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sun down the wake of a red-tailed hawk
— sanjuktaa

From Things with Wings, edited by Aubrie Cox
You can see the doodle by Aubrie that inspired it here.

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autumn wind …
sparrow riding
my car antenna
— Pamela A. Babusci

Heron Quarterly 1:4 (October 1997)

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hummingbird
dive bombs
her quivering lip
— Jone MacCulloch

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hawks

December Haiku Share

Red-tailed hawks are a common sight around these parts, although I actually wrote this haiku when I was visiting Arizona two summers ago. This haiku combines two of my favorite subjects: hawks and clouds. It is also a hay(na)ku– a poetry form having three lines, consisting of one, two, and three words respectively. So share a haiku about hawks, other raptors, air currents, clouds, and/or try your hand at a hay(na)ku.

hawks
 catching thermals
slow moving clouds

1st place, WD Poetic Form Challenge: Hay(na)ku, Aug. 2011
Writer’s Digest, January 2012

 

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.

Poet Showcase: Robert Lee Brewer

Name: Robert Lee Brewer
Location:
Duluth, Georgia

Blogs: My Name is Not Bob and Poetic Asides

How do you know Cara?  I know Cara mainly through her participation with the Poetic Asides group on WritersDigest.com. We’re also Facebook friends, so I keep up with her that way as well.

How long have you been writing poetry? Around 20 years now, I guess, though I still feel like a beginner.

What kind of poetry do you write? I’m not affiliated with any one school or style. For me, the beauty of poetry is its diversity, and I love poking around in all of poetry’s nooks and crannies. Some of my poems try to describe a moment or a scene; other poems are just obvious attempts at playing with words and sounds.

Please share a poem:

Here’s a poem I wrote last year for a poetry reading that was received well, so I’ll probably use it again in the future.

“Delivery”

This poem is mostly flawed.
For one, I didn’t count the syllables,
but also, it’s not particularly inspired.
At least, that’s what I’ve been told.
If I were a better speaker, I might
be able to hide its flaws in my delivery,
but I’m probably more flawed than this poem.
For instance, I’m a liar.
I snuck into this poem after hours
and measured the lines.
Words were cut.
I transplanted a perfectly healthy metaphor
into the rib cage of a younger poem,
one with a little more promise.
Believe me, I did what I could for this poem,
because I brought it into this world,
but at the end of the day, it’s not much–
just another part of me exposed to the world
that didn’t live up to its full potential.

Haiku Challenge

Earlier this month, Robert Lee Brewer announced a haiku challenge on the Poetic Asides blog. We could enter as many haiku as we chose. The only restriction, in fact, was that we had only three days to submit. I was delighted to see that I took 1st place with the following, and that this haiku will appear in a future issue of Writer’s Digest:

another biopsy-
plucking at the flowers
on my hospital gown

All of the winning entries can be read here.