Category Archives: Haiku Tuesday

First Stirrings #haiku and #tanka

first stirring
winter frozen soul
tender shoot

barren landscape in
looks for the first buds of spring
snowdrop form flowers
A door long locked from cold
thaws to life as you approach


These interconnected poems were written for Colleen’s poetry challenge. This week was a color, and that color was green. We were instructed to attempt to avoid/imply the word green. We could chose our own form ,so I chose a 3-5-3 haiku and a tanka. Hope you enjoy (it is still snow covered in New Hampshire, but this wasn’t really about the weather. Or was it?)

Tree #haiku

wild cacophony
a living emerald tower
combing the blue sky


leaf fresh breeze
order in chaos
the world’s lungs


These were written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. Today we were to use the words Green and Morass, but could only use synonyms. I wrote two haikus, one the “old fashioned” 5-7-5 form, the other in 3-5-3 form.

The photo is my backyard in New Hampshire.

Sunrise #haiku

first bird sings
dusky half-lit world
day arrives


This was written for Collen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week we were given two words to use, dawn and twilight, but only synonyms are allowed. I wrote a haiku.

Just a quick comment – I obviously thought of Cat Steven’s version of Morning Has Broken after I wrote this. Of course I always liked Rick Wakeman’s uncredited piano playing (He is my favorite rock keyboardist).

Life #haiku

Osprey and fish - close up

Fish in the river
Swimming along with the flow
Doesn’t see the bird


Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week we were free to choose keywords and the key words I chose were “Water” and “Current” This week I decided to do a  haiku, and though that rhymes, the haiku doesn’t ;).

(Last week’s poem was called “Life ;)”, but this is the other side of Life…)

To the Poet (Again)

Trent's Eye

Bind me with your words
Colorful letters on page
Bare your soul to me

(Originally posted 7/22/2014)

A while ago I put up a half joke of a post tying silly meanings to shallow poems. Before that I posted why I use the tools of poetry to help my prose. Today I want to go a little deeper and talk about why people write “real” poetry and why we actually read it. Continue reading