Tuesday January 1st, 2013

The exercise:

Let us begin the new year by writing two haiku about: possibilities.

So I figure this month will have six posts published with the wrong year in the header without me noticing until (at least) the next day. Anyone else willing to pick a number? Fabulous prizes for whoever comes closest.

Although fair warning: we might have vastly differing definitions of 'fabulous'.

Mine:

A road, a trail, a
passageway to somewhere else -
where will yours take you?

*     *     *

Standing at a fork
in the road, hair turning grey,
paralyzed by choice.

9 Comments:

Mr. Mcgranor said...

Protestant stand,
pick up your cross and live;
in the East.
* * *
The Lord is--
not Jewish; yet he was
at the cross.

© S. Wesley Mcgranor
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Greg said...

@Mr. Mcgranor: I believe that haiku have a standard form of 5-7-5 syllables, but I don't think that your innovation detracts in any way from what you've done. For me personally the haiku is too short a form for religion, politics or sex, and I find the religion quite overwhelming in yours as well. In particular I think it swamps out the prompt of "possibilties", which is unfortunate. However, you do get your sentiment across, and perhaps that's what really matters.

@Marc: I'm sure I won't be too confused by you appearing to travel a year back in time now and then (though it could happen...). And at least it won't invalidate your copyright :)
I think I like your second haiku better today as the agony of decision is neatly presented.

Possibilities
Every spinning wheel –
another chance on offer.
Now choose: red or black?

----------
She walks in a maze
Enjoying the branching paths
So many choices.

Lynn said...

@marc: Love both your haiku, but the second is the expression of where I am right now. Don't know if my haiku really fit the topic, but they are what they are.

Mine:
Holding the new year
Close to my heart, pregnant with
The hope of new beginnings.

The music of life,
The rests as important as
The notes sung aloud.

morganna said...

I think I didn't get the counts right for the last lines, but oh well.
------------

Will they be quiet?
The bouncing, happy children?
It's always possible.

A new year spreads out
Full of possibilities
Both good and bad.

Mr. Mcgranor said...

Pardon me... I had not done haiku in a while.

Protestant stand,
pick up your cross and liveth;
in the East.
* * *
The Lord is
not Jewish; yet he was so--
at the cross.

© S. Wesley Mcgranor
Please use only a link if sharing.)

Ruric said...

One line is enough

Marc said...

Mr. Mcgranor - I think Greg's got my thoughts covered on this one pretty well, but I'd just like to add a quick welcome to the blog and I hope that you'll share more of your writing with us in the future :)

Greg - as long as my time travel isn't too unsettling I shan't worry too much about it then :P

Your first speaks to my love of roulette, and the image your second places in my head is intriguing. I can't pick a favorite between them!

Lynn - well then, I hope a clear choice appears to you soon :)

Two beautiful haiku. The first might stick more closely to the prompt, but I just love the second one.

Morganna - 'It's always possible'. Hah! I don't care if there is an extra syllable in there, that's still a great line :)

Ruric - ah yes, but what mystery and adventure might be waiting in the lines that follow? ;)

Delta said...

I'm new to this site - and to creative writing, really. Here are my first ever haikus. Thanks for the outlet!

A year for healing
To learn how to move past grief
To find peace and joy


I will laugh out loud
I will dance and spin and glide
I will have fun times

Marc said...

Delta - a warm welcome to the blog then! I hope you find it useful, or at least a little bit fun :)

Your first ever, hey? I'd say you're off to a fine start! I particularly liked the first one.

Looking forward to seeing more creative writing from you :)