On Pale Blue Denim


on pale blue denim

from the pale blue sky

a dragonfly rests


This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #91 Ese’s Voice, another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s ZZ Top –

Littered English Leaves


Littered English leaves

Drop from Texan blue skies –

ZZ Top pull strings


This poem was written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, Ghost Writer #29, where the topic was “Pop culture references in haiku and senryu.” Jen from Blog It Or Lose It provided the guest post on this occasion and, after enjoying her wonderful writing for the past few months, I was finally tempted to start trying haiku myself.  So, basically it’s all Jen’s fault – she’s a fiend [shudder].

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is the blog of Chèvrefeuille, who organises daily intriguing prompts for writers. From reading his posts and comments I’ve started to get some idea of what defines haiku, e.g. http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/p/lecture-1-how-to-write-haiku.html.  Along with these rules, he mentioned in another post that there should be no “I, me, my” in classical haiku.  Thanks to both he and Jen for stirring up my interest in what is, for me, a new approach to writing.