Haiku, 02-12-20

the cold cabin

winter drizzle —

small bitter grape


I keep notebooks for many of my interests. I like visiting notebooks and in this case I read some two year old poems. This one is new but I was in a similar spot back then. The wild grape is still producing but by this time of year the fruit is about the size of a peppercorn, 5 mm (0.20 in), or so. It is severely bitter, iron rations for critters.

Failed Haiku

I wrote five concepts about writing haiku in my journal. I share one.


I desire to be a master haiku maker. Practice and reflection are my key activities. My audience is the proverbial studio dog, who is biased. My judgment may be suspect.  I must be diligent in artistic purpose, grasp the situation sufficiently to write, keep necessary  tools on hand, and possess a good work ethic.  

I write haiku in English and follow current modes of writing.

Failed haiku

Previously published poems are excoriated by many haiku publications.  Failed haiku are rejected poems.

I might consider a rejected haiku as rubbish. I do not.

If a haiku of mine is accepted I do not think it is a gem. It is not.

On the theme / prompt of “connections with others” this is my rejected ku:

unrequited itch —

quarantine   d

Failed haiku do not exist. This ku  above has no future. Editing wholesale is almost useless for me because I write to capture the moment, the image, the idea  before it’s gone.

Perhaps I can tweak the arrangement.

I plan to submit other haiku all around the poetry world.

A master is flexible.

I Write Poetry, Somewhat

Poems. I don’t like them all.  I don’t follow trends. Some lauded poets are not on my reading list.

I have written for years, for instance, the haiku, and I think:  mine are as well made as published ones, why do I get so many rejections?

Simple answer is I keep sending in poems. I follow editorial guidelines and deadlines and the poetic form (somewhat).  Then, I receive a mixed bag of  no response, other times I read ‘rejected’, and then rarely I taste success.

I can say I want to write so others will experience my poems (somewhat). Poetry may not be as lucrative as winning the lottery and fame would be intrusive too, those don’t matter. 

The most credit I ever received from instructors’ poetry assignments were ‘check-marks’—completed the assignment, followed the guidelines, and met the deadlines. There was no ‘grade’ given.

What is the point of writing haiku? Not filling notebooks or burning up a mic somewhere with short-poetry. Fame is fleeting. I ran out of notebook space years ago.

So I’m at riches and treasures? Maybe, if they’re my next three lines.


Being Out-side, Inside, Haiku


Being Out-side, Inside, Haiku


In the haiku-moment I get out-side, a little removed from my chores, maybe day-dreaming —I might forget to work.

In the haiku-moment I am breathing in, watching, to catch the words. I want to see the word-picture inside my mind.

I complete my task and make my poem notes. I regret I misplace some haiku along the way. But mostly I see well enough.

Good writing all,



24 November 2018

Organised Writing, Haiku


Organized Writing, Haiku

Writing haiku acknowledges living. I enjoy what helps my time usage. Simple curating keeps messy habits to a minimum.

I like a way to keep the poems handy and organised.

1. Digital or journal, even a stack of index cards work well.

2. I like to record the full date of the haiku.

3. I give organization titles to many haiku—a single word, sometime a little more, but they are just for my impressions of a poem. These temporary titles might be a setting or a feeling or a relationship I wish to exposit in future.

4. As a for instance, haiku with mist/fog/ overcast seasonal words is one way to name my poems.

Organised haiku has a standardised place, includes a date, has a temporary title, and related season relationships.

At a glance I can find what I need.

Best wishes, writing


Right Words, Haiku


Right Words, Haiku


Many words can be right or fit a particular haiku.

Composition signifies a process of sorting, of sifting, and then arranging.

As the poem becomes whole, I seek the “only” word to convey the moment.

And I have learned sometimes discovering that only word happens at a time removed from my present task.

But the only word exists. Because haiku exist.


c. Lemuel

21 November 2018

Over-Writing, A Post Card


Over-Writing, A Post Card


Haiku and “short” go together. Sometimes I go off on tangents composing a poem.

Writing short outlines on business cards helps me avoid writing too much poem muck.

Sometimes I make multiple attempts of the same haiku on several cards.

I see many dead-ends and lots of good opportunities too.

Over-writing is my bad habit and it feels great breaking this one.

Now, I almost never over-write, much.

Best wishes, writing


20 November 2018

Before Pre-Writing, Haiku


Before Pre-Writing, Haiku


Some haiku are made after a time of reflection.

These are brief Ideas for me before beginning haiku.

Remove distractions or as much as possible set them aside.

Looking and seeing are related functions of the eye. Seeing incorporates my entire response to what I receive from sight. See.

Write in a fluid manner without stopping. Editing is editing.

Offered with a grain of salt,



c. Lemuel

17 November 2018