#HaikuSeed Featured

  • Last Week’s #HaikuSeed Blossoms – Feature With Commentary / Week #37

    Last Week’s #HaikuSeed Blossoms – Feature With Commentary / Week #37

    The #HaikuSeed prompt last week was sunny with an additional photo prompt

    sunny day–
    the heron takes a bit
    of river with him

    Lafcadio

    You could see water dripping down the heron as it lifts off from the water. And if you are mindful and there isn’t much noise at this moment, you might even hear the sound of water falling back into the river between the wing flaps.

    Picture this with the sun behind the heron, likely at sunrise or sunset, the glare of the golden sun in the river, and then in the drops falling into it, a glint on the heron’s wet wings and legs – what an image!

    Even after a bit of the river falls back, the heron’s legs and feathers would still be wet – the heron taking the river to the tree it nests in far inland. Wonderful imagery.

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  • Last Week’s #HaikuSeed Blossoms – Feature With Commentary / 21 – 27 March, 2022

    Last Week’s #HaikuSeed Blossoms – Feature With Commentary / 21 – 27 March, 2022

    Featuring haiku brought to blossom by terrific writers from #HaikuSeed prompts:
    bird, porch, high tide, enter, butterfly, summer moon

    heatwave—
    the sunbird prefers my window
    to the frangipani

    – Alaka Y.
    @alwrites

    A wonderful haiku. After I finished reading, it felt like I’m experiencing sweltering heat myself, but without company of the sunbird that was here on my windowsill just a moment ago.

    When haiku become specific about species of flora and fauna, it can be a hit or miss from the reader’s perspective.

    Photo by Erik Karits from Pexels

    I assume one of the reasons for a miss is not being familiar with the type of birds/flowers and their relationship to various seasons. I’m guilty of having only little knowledge about these things. Having said that, it more often than not does not matter.

    As a reader, I guess our mind usually substitutes a vague alternative for that flower, this bird when we don’t know specifics about them. And it is wonderful that the haiku’s sensory effect is still experienced by the readers even after we blatantly replace the writer’s well thought-out subjects with hazy forms.

    So when using such specific identification in the haiku does work, it transports the reader to a different place and they are almost convinced it is a moment they have experienced themselves. This haiku does that.

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  • Last Week’s #HaikuSeed Blossoms – Feature With Commentary / 14 – 20 March, 2022

    Last Week’s #HaikuSeed Blossoms – Feature With Commentary / 14 – 20 March, 2022

    Featuring haiku brought to blossom by terrific writers from #HaikuSeed prompts:
    door frame, mango, wintry, evening walk, bloom, pattern, tranquil

    I seldom dive into language-specific commentary or poetry form-specific commentary. Basically my commentary is not technical. I’m also not good at writing appreciation. I hope the amazing writers being featured do not take offense if my commentary lacks literal words of praise. When a haiku sets off a chain of imagination inside me, there is an ecstasy I experience that I’ve often been aware of when I read haiku by Basho, Issa and the like. So my commentary is usually about all these images in my head spawned by the featured haiku and this is how I show my appreciation for the writers and their amazing haiku.

    hiding
    in the door frame a March moon
    cut in half

    – Hege A. J. Lepri
    @hegelincanada

    Apart from the beautiful image, I feel this haiku lends to several interpretations of human scenes. A lover halfway through the door, leaving angry. Or a lover halfway through the door, taunting and playful. Of course, the cut in half is too sharp of an expression for both these interpretations, unless you subscribe to the absurd.

    Why does the writer say the half moon is hiding in the door frame? Did she first search for the moon through a couple of windows in her room, couldn’t find it and she comes out of her room and there! the half moon is hiding in the front door frame.

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  • Last Week’s #HaikuSeed Blossoms – Feature With Commentary / 06 – 10 March, 2022

    Last Week’s #HaikuSeed Blossoms – Feature With Commentary / 06 – 10 March, 2022

    Featuring few brilliant haiku brought to blossom by terrific writers, seeded by #HaikuSeed prompts.
    #HaikuSeed: weeding, roadside, crane, moss, jolly, scarf

    early spring
    the crane and the heron
    playing statues

    – @LazyBookworm

    The image of a crane and heron standing still is quite trivial and the haiku wouldn’t be doing much if it was just describing it without doing something more with the juxtaposing image. I felt that early spring doesn’t give any life to the triviality of this moment even though spring itself and the birds are full of it. Instead, the writer’s creative use of playing statues brought all the life into the haiku. Not only is it an entertaining way of saying that the birds are standing still like statues, it could also mean that the crane and the heron are actively playing a game of statue. This interpretation brings back memories from childhood where we as kids shout “statue!” pointing at a person and the person has to literally freeze in place and stay still like a statue. The idea of a crane and heron playing this game is quite amusing.

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  • Bonfire / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Bonfire / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Featuring brilliant haiku written for the #HaikuSeed bonfire

    city bonfire
    the great leader burns
    with his vanities

    smoke signals
    from a bonfire
    I’m lost again

    – John, @HawkheadJohn

    – Tina Mowrey, @tmowtx

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  • Uproot / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Uproot / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Featuring brilliant haiku written for the #HaikuSeed uproot

    under the swelling wave an uprooted tree

    new school
    in the fall
    uprooted again

    – Christina Chin, @Christina_haiku

    – Tina Mowrey, @tmowtx

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  • Marsh / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Marsh / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Featuring brilliant haiku written for the #HaikuSeed marsh

    first thaw
    the backyard ice rink
    turns to marsh

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  • Spring Moon / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Spring Moon / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Featuring brilliant haiku written for the #HaikuSeed spring moon

    empty sky
    someone took
    the spring moon

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  • Soup / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Soup / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Featuring brilliant haiku written for the #HaikuSeed soup

    another cold in the lunchbox soup for days

    in-law
    her spaghetti is
    like soup

    – Alex Fyffe, @AsurasHaiku

    – George Hawkins, @GeorgeH85169860

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  • Shopfront / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Shopfront / #HaikuSeed / Feature

    Featuring brilliant haiku written for the #HaikuSeed shopfront

    gray sky, cold rain
    in the shopfront window,
    summer shoes on sale

    bullet holes
    through the shopfront window

    sunday morning Ukraine

    @voimaoy

    – Paul Engel, @LaughingMonk

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