1 hailstones dreaming of semiautomatic weapons
2 blizzard so many ways to fly
3 lunar new year stamps so that’s what persimmons look like
4 stone wall the gaps in what you tell me about yourself
5 honeybee sting the desperation of the search for sweetness
6 environmentally conscious recycling your love letters
7 fiddleheads the family I never see anymore
I wasn’t going to do NaHaiWriMo, because I figured, I already write a haiku (or two, or ten, or thirty) every day, why should I make a special event of it?
But then I got carried away by all the fun everyone else seemed to be having doing it (man, over on Facebook people are partying it up), and then I thought of a theme, or a gimmick, or something, that got me more interested in it. I decided to write only one-liners. So many of my ku already start out as one-liners (and then get rewritten into whatever number of lines seems to work best for them) that I thought this couldn’t be too painful.
I also decided not to put too much pressure on myself to make these brilliant, and I also also decided not to post them on the blog or Facebook every day. I’ve been tweeting them instead (@myyozh, in case you’re interested). For some reason I am more laid-back on Twitter. It’s a pretty laid-back place. Not that this blog is exactly known for its uptight vibe, but, you know. I don’t like to let you guys down.
I don’t completely hate the way all of these are turning out, though. So I decided to put them up one week at a time. That way the effect of the really mediocre ones is mitigated somewhat. Also I kind of like the juxtaposition of the varied subjects I’m coming up with.
A couple notes:
- Yes, there is a little snow here. But not the actual word snow. That would be wrong, wrong, wrong. And if you have an actual blizzard, how can you not write a haiku about it? That would be wrong too.
- Also, U.S. readers may feel tempted to point out to me that the fruit on this year’s Lunar New Year stamps is kumquats, not persimmons. Geez. Picky, picky, picky. I mean, the whole point of the poem is that I don’t know what persimmons look like, right? I’ve been so baffled the last couple of months trying to understand all these persimmon haiku that everyone writes. No persimmons in Wisconsin. I’m sure you can buy them somewhere but what can I say, I’m a little afraid of strange fruit. I also could just Google to see what they look like but what fun would that be? Sometimes you just have to say no to Google. (Hi, my name is Melissa and I go to library school.)
Tune in next week, same time, same place, for seven more of these.
7 thoughts on “NaHaiWriMo, Week One”
what’s a kumquat?
The things on the Lunar New Year stamps. 🙂 That’s all I know.
fine stuff & an inspiring intention–ARIGATO, Melissa!
Stone wall is very good. Can I dare to say this without getting shot: too good for twitter. And about persimmons, I had to google them a few months ago after I read a persimmons haiku by Peggy Willis Lyles. You probably know it
first frost . . .
on a silver card tray
I hope to write a good commentary on it soon, someday, in the near future.
Thanks, Sully, although I have to say that one is not one of my favorites myself. (I write too much stuff like that, I think. Too glib, or something. I don’t know. Maybe I just can’t get enough distance from it to judge it properly.)
And there is a lot of really great stuff on Twitter, actually. (And lots of really bad stuff. But that’s true of every place.)
Yes, I love that haiku of Peggy’s (as with almost all haiku of Peggy’s) and would love to see your commentary on it when it’s finished.
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