Conversation 83: THE DAILY HAIKU Themes from 24 April – 7 May 2021

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Firstly I want to thank those of you who came to our recent zoom meet up since our first ones on our birthday weekend in March.  It was wonderful to see again some of you from before and meet more members.  We had fun introducing ourselves and gifting our items from nature to each other to inspire haiku. This was then shared in a post in the group to encourage others to join in the fun which you can see here

The last two weeks THE DAILY HAIKU has joined in with the second STAY AT HOME LITERARY FESTIVAL 2021. I set daily haiku challenges WHAT’S YOUR STORY TODAY? to encourage daily creativity and a way to diary with haiku. This was further shared in a blog post here https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/conversation-79-whats-your-story-today-workshop/ In the first week of the festival I was thrilled to see some members from TDH at my lunchtime workshop for the festival ARE YOU A LEAF OR A TREE and a copy of this workshop if you have not yet tried it you can experience it yourself on this blogpost https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/are-you-a-tree-or-a-leaf-haiku-workshop/

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This is a chance to revisit the themes and prompts from the last two weeks, write new haiku, post your favourites and share with friends not on social media.

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DAILY THEMES:

FIELDS

STONES

SOFT

BOXES

HOME

ENDINGS

BIRDSONG

DEEP

SONG

KEY

WATERFALLS

SILVER

SUMMER

SMILE

BIRTH

MIRROR

GREY

GREY4

BONUS THEMES:

SUN

RAIN

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WEEKLY THEMES:

COLOURS OF WINTER

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DECAY

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Seasonal Words

SeasonWord#9: GREEN

SeasonWord#10: MIGRATION

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Musical Themes:

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G-YQA_bsOU

Le Mer by Charles Trenet  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXQh9jTwwoA

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SLOW RENGA First Lines:

Breathe in the emptiness 

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Spring cleaning

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Lark song ascending

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By the way

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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.
Post haiku and photo haiku in the comments below.
ENJOY.
Thank you for photographs from James Tod Pool for the gorgeous NW Arkansas trees, Ferns Phil Isherwood, Silbury Hill from Gina Hobbs, Laura-Marie Miucci Donadea Forest, County Kildare, Rep Ireland, Keith Evetts dew drop, Becka Chester Garden at the Hotel New Otani Tokyo, Jenny Shepherd Leaves, Lynda Flint tree top, Cactus Marilyn Ashbaugh, Lyntha Nelson Apple tree, Catherine Brennan willows into a pool, Leslee Hackenson Sun spots on moss and Jackie Walton child in green jumper
I would like to thank Sébastien Revon & Marion Clarke who have been instrumental in guiding this thread.
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/conversations/conversation-11-writing-haiku-haiga-where-image-and-haiku-meet/

5 Comments on “Conversation 83: THE DAILY HAIKU Themes from 24 April – 7 May 2021”

  1. We take the high ground
    Dribble through grasses
    Before falling from a ridge

    Splashing in a pool
    Of mindful contemplation
    With silver fishes

    Reflecting sunlight
    Shining on ripples
    We could stay here forever

    The sea is calling
    There is a long way to go
    We choose; travel on

    More tumult falling
    Before we broaden outwards
    Like fat old rivers

    We march and we roll
    Proud, strong and angry
    On our way to freedom’s sea

  2. I have taken all the daily themes, weekly themes and bonus themes and created new haiku.
    DAILY HAIKU THEMES
    fields, stones, soft, boxes, home, endings, birdsong, deep, song, key, waterfalls, silver, summer, smile, birth, mirror, grey.

    1.
    silver waterfalls
    soft grey water makes white foam
    birdsong soars sky high

    2.
    Summer Solstice home
    among the stones of Stonehenge
    with birth of bright sun

    3.
    After endings come
    boxes of treasure with key
    brings small smiles and tears

    4.
    Deep song comes from fields
    of cotton, huts – no need of
    mirrors, await slaves.

    BONUS THEMES
    sun & rain

    in one day, weather
    has gone mad, sun, rain, snow and
    cold, birds are confused

    WEEKLY THEMES
    decay & colours of winter

    Decay is one of
    the colours of winters, black
    like a dark night sky

    ©🦊VixenOfVerse, 2021

  3. Looking back on some of my favourite haiku in this period:

    dune
    blown to sandglass
    unmeasured morning

    go softly
    with your words you will still
    be heard

    petaled
    those secrets we wore inside
    then shared

    embroidered rocks
    seaweed sewn change of clothes
    with every tide

    sullen sky
    colour of an old tooth
    loose at the gums

    our evening ends
    putting the rubbish out
    ‘neath a split star sky

    before I see you
    touch and taste you – morning
    scent of lemon flower

    deep waits
    in the corners
    of conversations

    I rest against stone
    fields laced with dandelion clocks
    seas time deep – wind moaned

    old travels
    call to me
    I’ll get my hat

    at night you drift by
    with spider and stars again
    to sing me to sleep

    last brave narcissus
    bent double against the storm
    nothing lasts forever

    swifts dance in air
    sleep on the wing – do they dream
    of here or there?

    our last walk
    my mother’s arm in mine
    pressed leaves

    brittle grass
    splinters of summer
    we unpick from hair

    the old path waits
    for me to take it
    for a walk

    summer uniform
    seersucker pink – kiss chase
    we all loved butter

    the mirror
    will never reveal
    how you see me

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