Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Haiku, Part Two

"Poetry...is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what was seen during a moment." --Carl Sandburg

Fellow blogger Cathy (Words, World and Wings) challenged me in my last post, 8 Ways Haiku Helps Fiction Writers.

"Well," she commented, "I think we'd all love to read some of your haiku, so bring it on! :-)"

OK, time to get my feet wet. Although I don't profess to be a poet, this exercise in the past few months has strengthened my writing in various ways, including nudging me to be more observant AND prompting me to write a little each day. It's getting to be (hurray!) a bit of a habit.

And so, because writers need to get their writing out there--and our writing buddies are great support--I'm going to come out of my cave and share.

Samples of what I've written in the past two months:

New Day
Frenzied rain sheets whip.
Stinging pellets strike leaf, limb.
Shiver. Storm passes.

Parched ground laps up rain.
Eddies form, rivulets wash.
Forgiveness quenches.

Hummingbird hovers.
Red blossom dip, shimmer. Gone.
Beauty-blessed moment.

Soft night air. Breezes
float, catching whispers on way.
Kind words make stars shine.

Gossamer threads in
blue-sky bowl. God's filaments
weave fragile hearts strong.

On the Ohio
Lights from coal plant blast
darkness, scattering glass-shard
sparkles downriver.

A Neighbor's Story
German children bike
north into Holland, nineteen
thirties' innocence.

Smiles, everyone! (And thanks, Cathy, for your encouragement :-)


  1. Wow! These are beautiful, Kenda. Thank you for sharing.

    I'm not much of a poet, so I'm not even going to try. Your picture struck a memory in me, though, and so on Thursday I will post a picture I took recently of the sky above my house, and vulnerability in a totally different, non-poetic way.

  2. Love these, Kenda! So glad you shared. You are inspiring me. :)

  3. Thanks, Cathy and Karen :-) And Cathy, I'll be sure to check in Thursday to see your picture. Looking forward to it...!

  4. Lovely, Kenda! I think writing poetry is good for your writing brain - makes you think in a different way.

  5. Love the haiku. Each one is rich with imagery. I wish I could write them.

  6. Andrea, writing this poetry is something new for me, and I'm finding myself thinking of things in a different way, just like you say. It's been an interesting process :-)

    And thanks, Rachna, to you--and wondering if you might give haiku (or some form of poetry) a try. I didn't think it was for me until I tried it a few times. Now I'm hooked!