Roll Call: Why Do You Write Poetry?

Dear Readers and Followers:

For me, poetry has always meant self-discovery, be it haiku or the other forms that I write.

I contemplate where I am, where I’ve been, and where I am going through poetry. I get in touch with my emotions, find my spirit of adventure, and marvel at nature and the people and places around me. It is an odyssey.

Whether at home or far from it, I always find myself jotting down a poem. Recently, I sailed the Mississippi River from Dubuque, IA to Illinois, and the scenery–majestic bluffs, pelicans, egrets, and eagles– inspired  me to write several haiku and a couple of long poems.

I invite you to share your thoughts on why you write poetry during the next few days, and I will mention them in a blog. A sentence or two, or a paragraph is fine.

Please also include anything interesting about yourself, such as what you do for a living, books you’ve authored, and how and when you discovered poetry.

Thanks for your participation, and best wishes for all your writing successes.

Charlotte Digregorio

 

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Daily Haiku: July 25, 2016

how it’s plucked out of the daisy love

 

 

by Elmedin Kadric

Frogpond, 38.1

 

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Daily Haiku: July 18 through July 24

Greetings Loyal Readers and Followers:

From time to time, I select guest poets who have been writing haiku industriously, and I run their work the whole week.

This week (through Sunday, July 24th), my featured Guest Poet is John Wisdom, a longtime haikuist.

Wisdom says:
I don’t consciously write for beginners or advanced writers of haiku. I try for the beauty of the language to fill both missions. I am also big on “openness” to allow the reader to “co-create” as an active participant. Hence, I try to be empathic to my readers’ interpretations and allow them to be an integral part of the moment.

One of the methods I use in haiku is to mouth my words aloud, as well as take advantage of as many literary devices as I can.

 

I hope all of you enjoy and learn from Wisdom’s beautiful haiku with exquisite imagery. Please read and re-read each haiku during this week to fully appreciate and learn from them.


wind-blown sky
a dragonfly’s grip
on the clothes line

The Heron’s Nest

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summer’s end
a boat lies sideways
on drifting sand

Modern Haiku

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morning tea
a warbler’s song drifts
through a wind-chime

The Heron’s Nest

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rainless days
one grape on a vine
glistening

 
The Heron’s Nest

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windless night
a ripe tomato drops
from the vine

 

The Heron’s Nest

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gathering light
a rainbow of colours
on the pigeon’s neck

 

Modern Haiku

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morning mist
a porcupine shakes
its quills

 

Modern Haiku

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Haiku & Senryu: Find Healing & Wisdom

No matter what stage in our lives we find ourselves in, haiku and senryu help us keep everything in perspective. Divorce, illness, addictions, job problems, death of a loved one? These are just a few of the common things that can bring us down.

Haiku and senryu can give us solace or even make us chuckle, hearing from others who are experiencing or have experienced what we are feeling. We realize that we are not alone.

Many of us have discovered haiku and senryu in trying times when we needed them the most.

Don’t miss a day of The Daily Haiku on this blog, and look through the archives for more poems. You can find a poem for practically any time or moment you’ve experienced in your life. Often, we get caught up in analyzing too much, rather than moving forward  and focusing on the bigger picture. While problems can be major and we feel there is no way out, haiku and senryu can often allow us to focus on something positive or doable to help us a bit.

When we go through unspeakable times, reading or writing haiku allows us to hope or to share. The power of words can even change the world and bring us peace.

Lately, when I have had some leisure time, I have been reading haiku and senryu for escape and armchair adventure into nature. I can’t go on a trip today, but my mind can.

One of the greatest gifts you can receive in life is the gift of poetry. It offers us possibilities. You may not have time to sit down and read a novel or a play or a short story, but in just a few moments, you can find some relief through haiku and senryu. And by learning to write them effectively with literary technique,  the power of your ideas can change people’s lives.

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Celebrate the international art forms of haiku and senryu, and attempt to master them. A few short words can change your life and the way you look at things. And, if you get the chance, read my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.

 

Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.

 

 

 

 

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Daily Haiku: July 17, 2016

in cupped hands

the harvest moon rests

for a moment

 

 

by Debbie Strange

2015 Autumn Haiku Contest

Bangor Haiku Group

First Place

 

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Daily Haiku: July 16, 2016

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Daily Haiku: July 15, 2016

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