how important are daily posts?

haiku for today (and a few extra to make up for recent no-post days):

Seeing red mourning

parade: caterwauling lies

across DMZ

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late December moon’s

false smile jeers against blackdrop

lopsided guide home

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stars spit sarcasm

like hypocrites in church pews

bared teeth grimaces

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Brookside’s gardens glow

360 degrees

year-round delight!

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rainbow strings at night

dolphins in pools of blue

cultivated glee

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hard frost nips knuckles

curtain calls spotlight true verve

facsimiles banned!

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[*haiku notes:  I’m bending the rules of haiku, developing my own haiku style ~ but finding the 5/7/5 (syllables per line) allows me to express the days’ experiences well]

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I do eclectic well.

Recent days have been filled with sunshine and rain, lightness and darkness, natural light and man-made lights, joys and sorrows.

All of this is perfect backdrop (or blackdrop) for year-end reflection, for new year planning and goal-setting.

I wonder whether anyone ‘gets’ similar meaning from my haiku, whether the general sense of what I’m writing to is coming through, whether when I reread these haiku months from now I will recall the driving forces behind them?

And I ponder whether it matters?

When I began this blog several weeks ago, I was determined to write at minimum one haiku per day.  I’ve already broken that pledge (but have written the equivalent of one haiku per day; does that count?).  Is it important to write each day?  My answer is “Yes!”  My reasons for this are that the purpose was to develop discipline, to develop my blogging voice beyond that of ‘just haiku’ (although the haiku experience has been rewardingly rich for me already), to improve my proficiency in using WordPress.

So I will re-commit to trying, no matter how weary, to post at least one haiku per day, to work toward one haiku PLUS a worthwhile blog post per day. And I will try to write earlier in the day.

Time will tell; it always does.

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Scrabble poetry

today’s haiku:

Is ether required

to sense etherealness?

Fog, woods, weave and gleam

*explanation: Today I played a game of Scrabble with my Dad.  It reminded me of another trick I’ve used fairly often: Scrabble poems.  the challenge is to use as many words from any one Scrabble game in one poem (as many as you possibly can use in some coherent way (‘coherent’ being a loosely bound term).

The above haiku is written using a few of our Scrabble board words.

Here are the words from our Scrabble game:
gleam
ax
axe
axed
gelatine
five
joust
ether
nether
song
grit
grits
hills
hind
endow
weaved
oh
ow
en
on
lube
qi
mini
trusty
urp
stray
ace
icy
dub
peaks
speaks
zig
oaf
cafe
so
roan
user
rep (as in repetition)

*my Dad plays using the Scrabble Players Dictionary, which as you may know uses many ‘words’ that don’t necessarily make my list of ‘real’ words!

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to write a poem (haiku or any style) and share it in a reply post!

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Hope to hear from you soon,

Holly