Children’s Misspelled Wisdom

I found this child’s drawing on a paper bag and have tacked it up in my studio. It’s a visual conversation between two young people:

“Dose any Body want to play with me”

“I will”

The misspelling in the question just adds to its precious simplicity, truth and  beauty. That there is a positive answer warms my heart.

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winter stars dip down to earth in words “I will”

 

 

 

National Haiku Writing Month #1

Hello again. Just when you thought that I was finished with my daily blogging and January’s small stones, I’m back. February has been designated (at least by haiku poets) as National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo). This is an appropriate match since February is the shortest month of the year and haiku is the shortest genre of poetry. For the next twenty-nine days (an extra leap year day), I will be posting at least one haiku or senryu daily. Haiku, as related here, are very short one-breath poems that are nature-based or referenced in order to note and share a common experience/observation. Senryu, haiku’s sibling, are one-breath poems that deal more with human nature and foibles. Strict syllable counts are not adhered to, and the 5/7/5 – seventeen syllable structure – will be a rare sighting on these posts.

Traditional or contemporary haiku – ku as they are sometimes referred to – are like compact abstract paintings. It’s the distilled essence of the observation being recorded rather than a full factual account or representation. Less is more.

That being said, there is one traditional 5/7/5 haiku (it just happened to work out) in this first sequence:

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Sunday morning friends
she hands me my favorite
teacup

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mulberry patterns
on a porcelain teacup
we speak of old loves

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spent tea leaves
we wonder who will be the next
steward of the land

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NaHaiWriMo #1

February has been designated (at least by haiku poets) as National Haiku Writing Month. This is an appropriate match since February is the shortest month of the year and haiku is the shortest genre of poetry. Therefore I will be writing, as will many others – one haiku/senryu each day. I will be posting mine here while other haijin post on the Facebook page for sharing: NaHaiWriMo.

I will not be paying as much attention to a specific syllable count as much as writing as short a story as possible in as few words as necessary to make the story sing – a mix of traditional haiku and contemporary ku. Wow, I just used the word “as” six times in the same sentence!

 

clouds muff the sun as if the Super Bowl is about the commercials

 

ag ~ 2015