NaHaiWriMo Day 18


“Obi sash” is the order of the day. Here are two versions of the same haiku with a sprinkle of humor in the second:

her white boots
and obi sash
morning snowfall

morning snowfall
my dog’s white boots
and obi sash

Tomorrow’s inspiration will come from “the rub-a-dub of a washboard.”

Have a lovely afternoon.

NaHaiWriMo Day 17

I hope you have some nice plans for the weekend.

Today’s prompt “washing a car to make it rain” inspired me in an unexpected way. It led me to think about wishes, what I wish for, and the idiom, “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” Here is the end result of my musings on today’s prompt:

for snowdrops…

Tomorrow’s prompt is “obi sash.” An obi sash is the wide sash tied around a kimono.

My student, Huck Tritsch, wrote a neat haiku about the little shop on the corner. I think you will appreciate it:

drowned in dust
the little shop
a mystery

NaHaiWriMo Day 16

My chickadee haiku is dedicated to my dad who is as social and curious as a chickadee.

willow thicket
a small flock of chickadees
engages us

Tomorrow’s prompt is “washing a car to make it rain.”

NaHaiWriMo Day 15

As you may recall, the prompt for today’s haiku is “daffodils in the breeze.”

bread and butter
daffodils and jonquils
a spring staple

I’ve also written two separate, short, blended word haiku on this same topic and I hope you enjoy reading them. Growing up with wordsmiths, I developed a love for wordplay of all kinds. It’s exciting to explore the way one word can overlap with one or two other words. What did you think about when you read these two blended word haiku? What words stand out? I’d love to know your thoughts!



Tomorrow’s prompt is “chickadee.” A chickadee is one of my most favorite birds and is also part of my dad’s 21st century name, so I have a lot of hooks on which to hang this haiku. Have a wonderful afternoon!

NaHaiWriMo Day 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today’s haiku had to have a little romance in it. I’ve written two versions of the same haiku. If you have time, let me know your preference. Thanks!

taffy pull
boy at the fair tugging
at my heartstrings

handmade taffy
boy at the fair pulling
on my heartstrings

Tomorrow’s prompt is “daffodils in a breeze.”

NaHaiWriMo Day 13

Today’s haiku is about the little grocery store on the corner.

now even bigger values
lake breeze

Tomorrow’s prompt is “pulling taffy.”

Be well!

NaHaiWriMo Day 12

My haiku for the 12th of February are, once again, loosely based on the prompt “the button on the top of a baseball cap.”

I hope you don’t mind reading more than one!

soft rain
glass buttons

pearl buttons
how many seasons
of moon gazing

Tomorrow’s prompt is “the little store on the corner.” Fun!
Have a great day.

NaHaiWriMo Day 11

after a long climbToday’s haiku is inspired by “Pilsner glasses.”

Tomorrow’s prompt is “the button at the top of a baseball cap.”
Enjoy the day!

NaHaiWriMo Day 10

Happy Weekend!

Today’s haiku is based on the prompt “Indian cotton shirt.” If you are interested to learn about how I approached writing this haiku, I have included a description of my writing process below my signature.

lavender scones
over birdsong

Tomorrow’s prompt is “Pilsner glasses.” We’ll see where this takes me!

When composing haiku, I try as much as possible to write from a moment, an experience or memory. Writing from a prompt offers a unique challenge in that I may not have had a direct experience with the subject.

In the case of “Indian cotton shirt” I quickly ruled out writing from the point of view of a traveler since I have never been to India, however, I have sewn clothing for 40+ years and enjoy certain styles of Indian clothing. That got me thinking about muslin, since it is a favorite cloth of mine to sew with. Considered more utilitarian than aesthetically pleasing by many people, muslin serves many functions. It is used to make trial garments, to filter things such as cheese, wine and honey, and is fairly inexpensive, too.

I decided to focus on the culinary uses of muslin for my “Indian cotton shirt” haiku. My younger daughter, Delali, and I have made farmer’s cheese before and I remembered how we used cheese-cloth to filter the whey from the curds. This got me thinking about the way both of my daughters have introduced me (us) to many culinary delights, including using lavender in foods.

All this to say, I have attempted to write a culinary haiku with a sense of delight, springtime, color, beauty and simplicity in it. While doing so, I think I may have succeeded in referencing 3 out of our 5 senses which was not by design and so a nice outcome for me! The last line hopefully catches you by surprise, as food and conversation are usually enjoyed over a meal. However, how often do we eat a meal and have a vague awareness of sounds in the background? This haiku is meant to bring those sounds to the fore.

Thanks for reading my musings on my “Indian cotton shirt” haiku!

NaHaiWriMo Day 9

Both of today’s haiku are about heat/beating the heat, a foreign concept for those of us in the northeast and midwest, including my daughter, Sena, who is in the midst of a heavy, midwest snowstorm in Chicago today.

attic heat
a chrysanthemum’s
falling petals

My haiku alludes to a poem written by a well known Chinese poet, Qu Yuan, who was born in 340 BC.

He wrote in his poem “Li Sao”: “Drink dew from the magnolia in the morning and take autumn chrysanthemum’s falling petals as food in the evening.”

old house
the earthen cellar
our repository

Tomorrow’s prompt is “Indian cotton shirts.” Enjoy the afternoon and evening!