Like a warm blanket, Azure skies are a backdrop,
To fluffy white clouds.
Four things to remember when writing haiku:
You have three lines of poetry.
17 total syllables in the 5/7/5 pattern.
You normally tell two opposite images in the poem.
Lines one and two should read as a complete sentence and lines two and three should read as a complete sentence.
Notice the word normally. You can have the poem be about aspects of the same thing, but normally you look at it from two different ways.
I almost never think of the opposing themes when first writing the haiku. My initial thoughts are to fit the words into something that sounds decent and then I check my syllable use. If I’m somewhat happy with what popped out of my brain, I’ll knead the words until I’m satisfied enough to share the finished product.
Like a warm blanket, azure skies are a backdrop. Azure skies are a backdrop to fluffy white clouds.
Although it was not consciously my intent, I think the contrast in colors of azure and white work well enough as an opposing image.
My mood has been somewhat -wishy washy- this past week. I thought about taking a break from all social media, blogging, etc. Basically… people in general. I’ve been feeling an overwhelming need to withdraw. Not really sure why. I even passed up Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge last week. Thought about doing the same again this week. Then I just sat here. Figured, let me just suck it up and write a haiku. What’s the big deal? Of course, me being me, I need to check the words from last week and see how to incorporate them with this week’s prompt words and still come up with something that has a personal meaning to where my mind is presently at.
I’m never good with titles, and giving this haiku one proved to be a little difficult. My reason for giving it this title is mostly because of what the haiku itself is saying. It’s not always an easy task to think about one’s past and still move forward optimistically and confident. Sometimes it can be …
A Bit Challenging Reflect on dried ink, As optimism guides you, With renewed command.
Decided to use synonyms this week:
cheer – optimism
call – command
muse – reflect
pen – ink
My take on opposing themes:
Reflecting (on the past) & Renewed (looking to the future)
For those who believe that love is love, that men and women - while disparate in many fascinating ways - deserve equal respect, that every right and dignity should be given to LGBTQ individuals, that oppression based on class and race is wrong in every sense of the word, and that basset hounds just might be the solution to most of the world's problems/harbingers of global peace.