Conversation 77: THE DAILY HAIKU Themes 10 – 23 April 2021

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The last month has continued to break records on THE DAILY HAIKU with more new members arriving from all across the world as we hit the milestone of 6000 members.  I still cannot quite believe it as it is just over one year ago that we started with just one member here in rural West Cornwall that feels like the edge of the world.  How could I have known how connected I would feel with such an amazing community from almost every corner of the planet. Perhaps one day we can create a TDH map.

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This is our forthrightly round-up of themes and prompts that encourages you to showcase your favourite haiku, write new by revisiting themes and our bonus themes only available here and share with friends who do not want to be on social media but would like to join in. It seems appropriate that this period fitted in with World Earth Day on the 22nd April which reflected the overriding number of themes below that respond to nature.

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Huge thanks again to those who contributed to the call out for HOW TO HAIKU which lead to the blog of the same name which serves another helpful resource for our growing toolkit. https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/conversation-73-how-to-haiku/

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Daily Themes:

HILLS

GREEN

AND…

WILD

BLUE

WHISPER

WALK

SHORE

GATE

SEEDS

CIRCLE

CLOUDS

SLEEP

TREES

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Bonus Themes:

STILL

MOVEMENT

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Impromptu Theme: EARTH to mark World Earth Day on 22nd April 2021

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Weekly Themes:

FOREST

WATER MOVING

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Season Words

#7: WILLOW

#8GRASS

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First Line Renga

COME AWAY WITH ME

or

WHERE THE SHADOWS DANCE

or

THE OLD WOODEN BRIDGE

or

AS THE RIVER FLOWS

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Musical Themes to inspire haiku:

Judy Collins with ‘Both Sides Now’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L1UngfqojI

Nora Jones ‘Come Away with Me’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbjZPFBD6JU

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Haiga:

Do respond to the photographs below. Write haiku inspired by what you see, thinking beyond the literal representations, by either choosing a stand-alone haiku or making a new image with a haiku written over it.
Read the blog on HAIGA – Where Image and Haiku Meet which includes insights and illuminating examples of photo haiku by Marion Clarke https://thegreatmargin.org/…/conversation-11-writing…/

 

6 Comments on “Conversation 77: THE DAILY HAIKU Themes 10 – 23 April 2021”

  1. Some favourites from this period which has been dominated by nature themes

    as a child
    my life was whispered truths
    I could never hear

    this wind bent tree
    I note each passing day
    has no care for me

    dawn chorus
    everyone wanting
    to use the bathroom

    life
    a thrown pebble prints rings
    too soon vanished

    half undressed
    mud thick with hieroglyphs
    waits to drown

    waiting room
    every averted gaze
    seeds fear

    blotting paper skies
    I dream of cress seeds – being sent
    outside for laughing

    walk with me, through the
    kissing gate and the bluebells
    to Trevean – the sea

    to be as stone
    in this unmapped beck
    still yet still moving

    as close as we dare
    paddling on this gentle edge
    human flotsam

    afternoon walk
    it is the pause in our path
    where we meet again

    from its dry vase
    willow stems remind me
    to whisper not shout

    sky
    blue noted
    cries

    no matter the cut
    or the hush of the wild
    brambles will out

    we froze your wildness
    on my tongue the sweet release
    of blackberry blood

    dry throated moor
    rasp of song atop Watch Croft
    and the wind keeps on

    long gone now
    my old green georgette dress
    worn to shreds

    fir cone on her shelf
    the forest she once knew well
    lost to dementia

  2. in stitches
    my wife and daughters
    watch Sewing Bee

    entering the clouds
    the shiver
    of a golden eagle

    nimbus
    the hound of hell
    lifts a leg

    hello cirrus caught blushing with dawn

    clouds the horizon moves closer

    winter clouds
    your glasses
    above the mask

    asleep
    my scrambled mind
    without a notebook

    above the poplars
    a whorl of rooks
    cheer the wind

    green fingers
    the willow trailing clouds
    in the stream

    trees the sky roots

    where bare trees were a wood

    so much
    for the old news
    strung from the privy latch

    the doorbell
    disinfected after
    the unmasked canvasser

    lockdown
    I look forward to pressing
    the dentist’s doorbell

    I query whether
    cats have a sense of humour
    and ours just looks

    ingenuity
    on another planet
    haiku

  3. Looking Back

    We camped on the verge
    By a babbling brook
    First holiday planting seeds

    We lie together
    We are older now
    Repeating patterns set then

    We have seen dark clouds
    Fill our aching heads
    With grief surpassing summers

    Everything is fine
    Today; sunshine, small smiles
    Bodies laid to rest

    Thinking back to this
    Childhood days full of wonder
    When we’re climbing trees

    Haikus become Tankas so as to experiment with a new form

    We camped on the verge
    By a babbling brook
    First holiday planting seeds
    Diligent in fields we plant
    So we may see a harvest

    We lie together
    We are older now
    Repeating patterns set then
    When we were young and in love
    Longing to be old lovers

    We have seen dark clouds
    Fill our aching heads
    With grief surpassing summers
    We could barely bring ourselves
    To raise our heads to sunshine

    Everything is fine
    Today; sunshine, small smiles
    Bodies laid to rest
    Rot in the earth like mem’ry
    Preserved with love in our hearts

    Thinking back to this
    Childhood days full of wonder
    When we’re climbing trees
    Careful not to scratch our knees
    We explore our fear of heights

  4. The Daily Haiku/The Great Margin Themes – Made into New Haiku.

    GREEN, HILLS, AND, WIILD, BLUE, WHISPER, GATE, SHORE, CIRCLE.
    Green hills and wild blue
    flowers whisper through the gate,
    down to the shore circle.

    ©🦊VixenOfVerse, 2021

    WALK, TREES, CLOUDS, SLEEP, SEEDS,

    walk near the tall trees,
    where the clouds sleep; sow small seeds
    – Carol’s wildflowers.

    ©🦊VixenOfVerse, 2021.

    BONUS THEMES

    Still & Movement

    so still, very cold
    the tai-chi movements graceful
    performed in the park.

    ©🦊VixenOfVerse, 2021.

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