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Poetry Friday: A haiku kind of day

Wow, where does the time go? Last Friday, I was thinking about what I might share this Friday…and here it is, Friday already!

poetryfridaybutton-fulllBy the way, I have to again thank Heidi Mordhorst for nominating this blog for a Sunshine Blogger Award. (I’m glad I bring some sunshine to your universe, Heidi!)

With winter hanging on like it has, I’ve had nature on my mind – and the haiku form is perfect for taking little tidbits of the natural world and showing them in a new or different light. The thing I like most about haiku is the last line, which should be a surprise or a unique observation about the previous two lines. Here’s what I’ve been writing lately:

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deep within
insistent wind
her voice

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bewitching breakers
sweep me away in a form
of sea-foam sorcery

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night birds sing
of love and longing as the forest
eavesdrops.

- all poems © 2014, Matt Forrest Esenwine

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If you’d like to read more poetry, today’s Poetry Friday hostess is the Rogue Anthropologist, Kara Newhouse!  Also, I’m very happy to once again be participating in Ed DeCaria’s #MMPoetry2014 poetry competition, which starts this Monday – be sure to check his site often for updates, and get ready to vote, vote, vote!

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18 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A haiku kind of day

  1. Nice work — the last one is my favorite. Good luck with MM!

  2. I love that forest eavesdropping, Matt. I’d like to work more on Haiku-intriguing to me, but I find they don’t come easily, all the more reason to like yours!

  3. Matt,
    You’ve got a great feel for haiku. I espeically like the “forest/ eavesdrops.” But I don’t know about those night birds, around here our night birds are coyotes howling.

  4. These are beautiful! I esp love the nightbirds one. I love the verb eavesdrops here (though I wanted to make it leavesdrops!), and it’s also the word I loved most on Steven Withrow’s poem he shared today. Funny to see an uncommon word used twice to great effect today:>)

  5. I love the first one. I find it very haunting. Good luck with MM!

  6. They are great fun, Matt. I’m terrible at haiku.

    • Thank you, both! Catherine, I always say haikus are easy, but good haikus are really hard…I find it’s a matter of not pushing the poem or trying too hard, but letting the imagery and experience of what you’re seeing write the poem for you. I think the haiku form requires more introspection than most poetry – which makes them fun, when they finally come to you!

  7. I also like “eavesdrops” :-) Good luck in the poetry tournament!

  8. margaretsmn on said:

    eavesdropping on you
    I hear the sound of blooming
    spring wants to come home.

  9. These haikus are great
    Deep and peaceful like a lake
    Good luck tomorrow!

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