Standard Posted by Brenda Davis Harsham Posted on April 15, 2014 Posted under Photography, Poetry Comments 34 Comments Ashen Petals Haiku last year’s ashen blooms litter my path like wan ghosts soon fading to green Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham Ways to Share this:EmailPrintTwitterPinterestFacebookMoreTumblrPocketLinkedInRedditLike this:Like Loading... Related ghostshaikupoemPoetryspring Post navigation ← Playful Spring Etheree New Queen Quinzaine → 34 thoughts on “Ashen Petals Haiku” That touched my heart. What a superb haiku. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks, Suzanne, you are kind. XOXO LikeLike Reply By the way, I wrote you a long answer to your question about Poetry Friday, and it had two links. If you don’t see it, then check your spam. Or you can always visit me and search for poetry friday and many posts with links will pop up. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Got it 🙂 I will visit your blog over Easter. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply No pressure. Glad you got the info. I met a PF contributor at an author-illustrator meet and greet, and he told me about it. It made me lay aside most of the other prompts to try to have something worth publishing in that crowd every week. Happy Easter. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply An excellent idea. Concentrating the work output into areas where it might actually get out to a larger audience of astute readers sounds like a very healthy idea. I will take a serious look. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Okay, one more link. This one is to Today’s Little Ditty. Every month, she interviews published authors and has them issue a poetry challenge. You can participate and she may feature a poem and/or publish the poem in a “collection” at the end of the month. I’ve been familiar names published there in the past (J Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen). This link is to this month, where you’ll find a silly poem of mine, if you care to look. Many of the people who contributed poetry are traditionally published and are poetry friday regulars. The host, Michelle Barnes, is a lovely person. I’ve never regretted participating. I felt like writing haibuns was improving my writing, but not getting me to a point of being traditionally published. I’m still writing a variety of off-blog MS. Anyway, here’s a potential poetry challenge I’d recommend if you are interested in kids stuff. You don’t have to write kids stuff, but most people do. http://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2016/03/march-dmc-wrap-up-giveaway.html No pressure to join. It’s strictly up to you. I wish you well. XOXO Brenda LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes I am rethinking haibuns too. They don’t work as pieces suitable for mainstream publication. More like drafts that help with writing in greater depth. I will check out your link later. I am thinking that concentrating in offline writing with a view to being published is where I want to put my energies too. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Yes, that’s where I put most of my energy these days. Keeping the blog going takes a lot of energy, though. But I’d be sad to stop it. I’m working on a YA novel at the moment. It’s fun writing a first draft again. 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I think I will follow your example. All this online work takes a great deal of time and the rewards are slight. It’s great to get good comments and a lot of likes and it is a great way of exercising the creative muscles though. Writing a first draft sounds like a very rewarding occupation. You would be good at YA fiction. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks. It’s not easy writing a compelling page-turner, but I’m going to give it my all. LikeLike Good luck LikeLiked by 1 person Thanks! I’m plotting and outlining and writing scenes. It’s fun. LikeLike Pingback: Japan – Giappone | forthemo (EN) Thanks for your gift Brenda(your explanation) 🙂 Something new and interesting in my life,thanks! I understand that it must be hard to compose it. I suppose you need to change your mind and your point of view any time you write Haiku. Great work Brenda 🙂 (IT) Grazie per il tuo regalo Brenda(la tua spiegazione) 🙂 Qualcosa di nuovo e interessante nella mia vita,grazie! Capisco che debba essere duro comporlo. Presumo tu abbia bisogno di cambiare la tua mente e il tuo punto di vista ogni volta che scrivi Haiku. Grande lavoro Brenda 🙂 LikeLike Reply I love to try to read your Italian. I am sadly undereducated by European standards, knowing only one language, but I love them all, the sound, the look, the rhythm. You are so lucky to not be mired in one language only. I hope you will give haiku a try. And remember, you don’t have to start with a masterpiece. You only need to work toward it, and it will come. 🙂 LikeLike Reply (EN) Your writing is so amazing. I feel sorry to don’t have time enough to read all. You explained once what Haiku means but I heard it from you for the first time. I’d like to know more from your own voice about Haiku. Can you? Thanks for magic 🙂 (IT) La tua scrittura è cosí piacevole. Mi dispiace di non avere abbastanza tempo per leggere tutto. Hai spiegato una volta cosa significa Haiku, ma ne ho sentito parlare per la prima volta da te. Mi piacerebbe sapere di più riguardo all’ Haiku dalla tua stessa voce. Puoi? Grazie per la magia 🙂 LikeLike Reply Thanks, your writing is magic to me, too. Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry that is meant to surprise with a new way of looking at commonplace things, using simple language. The meaning should be largely implied by the language rather than deliberately stated. The syllable count is three lines of 5/7/5, but I view that as a maximum because the language should be simple and spare. The first line and second line are often two different thoughts brought together by the third line. It’s a hard form, actually, and I love striving toward all the goals of the haiku, but I don’t always manage it. Thanks for visiting and commenting! Warmly, Brenda LikeLike Reply Especially lovely. LikeLike Reply Thanks! LikeLike Reply Reblogged this on Voices and Visions. LikeLike Reply hmmmm, are they going to bloom I wonder……. LikeLike Reply The bush will, no doubt! I’ll probably see new blooms in a few months. LikeLike Reply let’s go green! LikeLike Reply Woo-hoo!! I’m there with you! LikeLike Reply Brenda, Very pretty. Take care, Bill LikeLike Reply Thanks, Bill. Big hugs, Brenda LikeLike Reply Great metaphor! LikeLike Reply Thanks!! LikeLike Reply Fading to green! I love that! I think I have never seen ashen blooms before, they are lovely! You are lovely! Like a Fairy Godmother, creating magic with your spells of words and pictures! 🙂 LikeLike Reply Line, The winter bleaches even the blossoms white, and I thought they were beautiful still. The world is greening hereabouts. The first trees have started to bloom. It’s a delight wherever I look. 🙂 Hugs, Brenda LikeLike Reply Wonderful Post, Brenda…you’ve brightened my Day 🙂 LikeLike Reply Thanks, Morgan, you charmer! Blessings, Brenda LikeLike Reply 0:) LikeLike Reply Comments welcome! Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.