Daily Haiku: June 7, 2018

on the mend . . .
this long afternoon
stitched by swallows

by Marion Clarke  (Northern Ireland)
tinywords, Issue 17.1, May 31, 2017


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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20 Responses to Daily Haiku: June 7, 2018

  1. JanBenTexas says:

    Lovely ku.

  2. haikutec says:

    on the mend . . .
    this long afternoon
    stitched by swallows

    Marion Clarke (Northern Ireland)
    tinywords, Issue 17.1, May 31, 2017

    The verb plays an important part here and links back to the ominous opening line. As someone who has a large number of Swifts flying and swooping above their house, and skimming our roof, they can be an important part of our recovery.

    The Swallows, so similar to Swifts, I often can’t make them out if both are dominating the sky, can appear to be imitating the act of stitching a wound.

    The use of almost hidden rhyme with ‘on’ and ‘long’ and the alliteration of ‘stitched’ and ‘swallows’ heightens the poem. And Swallows (birds) alongside the regular sipping and swallowing of water to hydrate and ease the dryness of the throat, almost mimics the movements of the birds, and enhances the poem.

    Wonderful poem, taken from a possibly very rough time, and long term healing, both physically and spiritually.

    warmest regards,

    • Thank you for your detailed commentary, Alan. I remember your kind words about this monoku when it appeared on tinywords.

      It was inspired by childhood memories of those days when I was kept off school due to common childhood ailments such as measles or mumps. My mother used to give me little craft activities to complete and comics to read. When the worst was over, I secretly enjoyed that time in bed watching birds swoop up and down outside the bedroom window. This had a very calming effect.

      The poem was also written just six months after the death of my youngest sister, Niamh, so there was a lot of mending to be done – still is, as she was also my best friend and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her.

      Best regards


    • Thanks for commenting, Alan.

  3. Reblogged this on seaviewwarrenpoint and commented:
    Thanks to Charlotte Digregorio for featuring this one from ‘tinywords’ on Daily Haiku today…

  4. Thank you for featuring this one, Charlotte. I have just reblogged it. 🙂 https://seaviewwarrenpoint.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/daily-haiku-june-7-2018/


  5. alee9 says:

    For me, a ‘wow’ haiku, Marion! How changed the empty sky from my window with the moment you conjured. Thanks for sharing it, and thanks for featuring it, Charlotte. ❤

  6. Lovely! I love so much Marion Clarke’s poems. Big congratulations!

  7. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #8: Charlotte Digregorio’s Daily Haiku features Marion Clarke!

  8. Mary Kendall says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Marion.

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