Do You Haiku?

writing-201Good morning, ladies and germs. Today marks the beginning of my foray into the land of Poetry. “There once was a pirate named Bates…” —yeah, we are not going to go there.

I signed up to participate in the WordPress Writing 201: Poetry challenge to warm up for next month’s NaNoWriMo challenge. Over the next ten days I will get a daily prompt and I will do my best to answer that challenge.

This will be an interesting journey because the genre of Poetry is not something I have practiced. Coleridge, Kipling and Poe are among my favorite poets and although I appreciate good poetry, I simply have no experience writing it. At some point in my school years I probably wrote a poem for an assignment, but it was not a memorable event.

I hereby offer this apology to all of my English teachers: I am sorry that I did not pay more attention in class. It was me who failed to learn, in spite of your best efforts to teach.

And now, on with the show.

Today, write a poem about/against/in homage to the screens in your life.
—Writing 201: Poetry

The form for Day One is that of Haiku—three lines of five, seven and five syllables. This will be especially challenging given my innate resistance to structure/form.

Here goes:

Soft glow of full moon

illuminates back of head.

Face lit by blue screen.

Your Turn

Have you received any benefits by writing poetry on a regular basis?

  14 comments for “Do You Haiku?

  1. October 6, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    It has been years since I wrote poetry and it’s not easy for me to do it now. Good luck on your venture.


    • October 6, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Thanks, Egmont. This poetry challenge will certainly give me a run for my money. Ω

      Sent from my iPhone



      • October 7, 2015 at 7:34 PM

        I used to do Haiku but I ended up doing Tanka Haiku which I found easier because it adds two lines to a Haiku. However that is not all, now you have to write a certain number of Tanka sections to total 100 lines, so it becomes an epic poem.


      • October 8, 2015 at 3:52 PM

        Thanks for the feedback, Egmont. I might give this form a shot sometime in the future.


  2. October 5, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Allan, your haiku deftly shows the juxtaposition of nature (real life) and tech (a different sort of life.) I like it and I like writing poetry, haiku and otherwise.



    • October 5, 2015 at 3:42 PM

      Thank you, Janet.These days seem to be a challenge between the Virtual World and the real one around us.


  3. alstacer
    October 5, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Submarine screen door,
    Silent movie screen speakers,
    Scream useless, which more?

    I like the lighted head and face imagery in your Haiku which reminded me of after midnight hours spent facing blue screens. Thanks for sharing.


    • October 5, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      Hey, Al. It is reminiscent of a Graveyard shift or two isn’t it?

      Do those Silent Movie speakers go to 11?


  4. October 5, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Nice Haiku. I can visualize it. I began writing a poem a day in 2013 and haven’t stopped. I began with the Na Po Wri Mo Challenge. Poetry has helped me get my feelings out during times of sorrow. It has been a way I could share my faith to inspire and encourage others. It has given me moments of challenge, taught me new poetic forms, entertained me with laughter, uplifted me, and given me many new friends! Poetry has done a lot for me in my life. I plan to continue my poem a day and look forward to my 3rd NaPoWriMo next month. Glad to meet you and I hope you keep on poeming! 😊 Visit my site at: http:/


    • October 5, 2015 at 3:39 PM

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Leona. I am curious to see where this poetic journey takes me.


  5. October 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    I like the failed to learn part. I’m one of those types. Including the lack of general structure. So far so good!


  6. October 5, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Wonderful! I love it and love the imagery I get!


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