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writeALONG! 10 May


A TUESDAY FEATURE

host: Muskaan Ahuja



How to Write a Haiku

by Naomi Beth Wakan


Details confuse me,

so when I see a rose,

although I do not know

its pedigree, I write down “rose.”

And when I cut it,

I do not know whether

I should cut it on a slant

or straight, or under water twice,

so I write down “cut.”

And when I put it in a vase,

I do not know whether it is raku

or glaze, or, perhaps good plastic,

so I write down “vase.”

and when I see two red leaves

on the earth beside the rose bush,

I do not know from which tree

they have fallen

so I write down “red leaves.”

And as I set the vase

and the leaves on the table,

I write down


rose just cut

beside the vase

two red leaves


And although I do not know

the details of what I have just done,

the sadness of it all

cracks my heart open.


Can you attempt a haiku after reading this?

Looking forward to your creativity!

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My Haiku Writing & Submission Process

By Karen Harvey


I counted syllables carefully for the longest time. I didn't know any better. It was a relief to discovered that this was unnecessary and that brevity is key. Some haiku journals still only accept three liners, seemingly oblivious that they were originally written in one vertical line with art work.

I see my haiku as small birds. Once preened they fly free in search of places to roost. I study current journals carefully, read and reread the submission guidelines in my attempt to avoid sending my fledglings off in the wrong direction. Sometimes I get it wrong.


interloper monokuku in the nest


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Muskaan Ahuja
Muskaan Ahuja
May 16, 2022
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It’s great to read your thoughts, Karen.

You are always welcome, here!

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Gauri
Gauri
May 10, 2022

oak branches

knock at my window

summer storm


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I stay on the sixth floor, the silver oak has grown very tall over the years. The branches sway and reach my windows because of strong winds during a summer storm. I always feel that they are knocking …

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Gauri
Gauri
May 14, 2022
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happy to see you here DN

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Gauri
Gauri
May 10, 2022

This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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Muskaan Ahuja
Muskaan Ahuja
May 10, 2022
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Glad you liked it, Gauri.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
May 10, 2022

silent moon

from yellow

to white

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I always feel that there is so much of silence in the moon. Watching it rise from dark yellow to white and then back again to yellow.

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This is in this weeks haiku dialogue on THF.

I thought it relevant to this post.


soft fat brush one touch on washi paper . . . a vase is born

kris kondo Kiyokawa, Kanagawa, Japan


for me, so much is unsaid, yet and yet.

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