Friday, April 15, 2016

Haiku A to Z: M is for Mood, and Middle

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"Haiku poems celebrate appreciation for beauty and nature. Plants, animals, water, weather, and seasons are often subjects of haiku. Powerful yet sensitive, these poems communicate a mood or tone without actually using words to describe feelings." --Kim Kautzer, Writing Haiku Poetry

We are smack-dab in the middle of the A-Z Challenge and, most appropriately, M is not only for mood, but for middle--being that the letter M is exactly in the middle of the alphabet and all!

And so we take a look at mood--the emotional effect that the poem creates for the reader. As Ms. Kautzer (above quote) continues to explain: "When writing haiku poetry, think about the emotions you want your reader to experience. Paint a picture with your words to express a mood." (A great resource for a list of "mood words" can be found here at English with Mr. Scott.)

At the same time, we are at the middle point of our challenge. What mood are we in here (ha)?

And so, for day thirteen haiku, I ask:

in the middle of
a challenge is your cup half
empty or half full?
--Kenda Turner


  1. Very profound! When I'm half-way through a manuscript, I'm enjoying the process but I also can't wait to see how the story will turn out. So the answer is probably -- BOTH!

  2. You're so right, Peggy--a little of both. Surprised I got this far, wondering how the rest will go :-) Just like any other challenge, I guess... Have a great weekend!