Day 17. Today we have a week's worth of prime numbers: 17 is the seventh prime number since the top of the month.
Robert Lee Brewer's PAD prompt: "Today is International Haiku Poetry Day! . . . For today’s prompt, write a haiku. Simple as that. Or well, if you’d prefer, write a poem about haiku; I’ve done this before. So that’s an option too; or write about poetic forms in general."
Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo prompt: "Today, I challenge you to find, either on your shelves or online, a specialized dictionary. This could be, for example, a dictionary of nautical terms, or woodworking terms, or geology terms. Anything, really, so long as it’s not a standard dictionary! Now write a poem that incorporates at least ten words from your specialized source. Happy writing!"
À la Thorson, I'm using ten technical terms in poetic craft, such as haiku and lineation. À la Brewer, I've made my poem out of six linked haiku stanzas: not discrete haiku but rather haiku-shaped bottles, the old-fashioned 5-7-5 syllabic pattern.
"Forgive me, friends," Alan says, "today I have been recovering from many trips within these past few weeks, taking care of being home and spending time with family, avoiding the crunch of work responsibility to come tomorrow. I have been weighing friendships in transition, feeling empathy for mourning friends and unmoored friends who shift from drifting to propelling themselves, and looking forward to spending time with loved ones I have not seen for a long time. So, when a prompt called for a specialty dictionary, today I had no real interest in going to my workplace to look at one and decided to write some related haiku instead, inspired by my first mowing of the year. It started bad today with malfunctioning mowers and malfunctioning me, but it wound up putting me by myself, letting me work to a satisfactory, sore fatigue, and permitting my mind to range a while. I will be more diligent tomorrow, but I am having a hard time getting Jason Isbell's song 'Children of Children' out of my mind, figuring out how a small band might play it, and waiting for this rough semester to end."
Late April 2016
Bravo, Alan! Real haiku, unlike my haiku-shaped stanzas! April is the haiku-est month.
Jed says, about his poem today, "Every line has at least one term from the glossary of Derivatives Markets, 3rd ed., by Robert L. McDonald. I repeated Greeks and Vanilla a few times, for narrative purposes, but otherwise used terms only once." Narrative haiku!
Ven says, "I put all my specialized terms in the title because I'm sneaky and lazy." Be that as it may, it's a very smart strategy. It keeps these many-syllabled words from taking up room in his haiku.
And here's an array of related haiku from Sarah.
Haiku on the Modern Social Justice Warrior
Wonderful haiku today, everyone. Happy International Haiku Poetry Day!
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