This poem for Poetry Pantry at Poet’s United was written in the heart of winter. The ballerina in these haiku awaits the opening of spring’s curtain.
I am so grateful to Poet’s United for the interview about the poetry book for the orphans of Ebola in Liberia and to Kristjaan at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. If you are unfamiliar with these two poetry communities, please check them out.
Melancholy is the prompt at Carpe Diem. Many of us are melancholic wishing for spring to come.
I Wanted to share that submissions are now being accepted for the project for the children orphaned by Ebola. All poets and haiku poets welcome to share their voice. All the money raised from this book will go to the care of orphans in Liberia!
This week at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, Kristjaan is again challenging our writing with another Haiku lesson:
“Maybe this episode had to be our first Haiku Writing Techniques episode, because this week it’s all about one of the basic writing techniques of haiku, the surprise, that one moment as long as the sound of a pebble thrown into water. That moment we have to catch in three lines, three lines which have to tell the whole story of that one moment, that surprise. That one moment is the essence of haiku. It’s an impression caught in three lines and (mostly) seventeen syllables.”
Are you seeing the seasons changing? Life (presently) seems to be battered by storms of all types. You saved and planned for the future and most of that is now ashes crumbling between your fingers.
Look at the world from above. What was once blue and flowing is now a brown stench of an orb.
God promises life, peace, and an unadulterated stream even as everything is caving in. He will not turn against us during this time of warring and corruption. He promises safety and to replenish us.
Jeremiah 17: 7-8 says:
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord. 8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
“And he repents in thorns that sleeps in beds of roses”
A four-line stanza, rhyming
-ABAC or ABCB (known as unbounded or balladquatrain),
-AABB (a double couplet);
-ABAB (known as interlaced, alternate, or heroic),
-ABBA (known as envelope or enclosed),