BP: Haiku Dialogue–Finding Peace and Contemplation

…in worn, imperfect, transient things (a rusty hitching post). This week at the Haiku Foundation’s weekly column, Haiku Dialogue, the photo prompt was that of an old hitching post in the shape of an S and its shadow on the stucco wall behind it. Since the shadow was prominent, guest editor Marietta McGregor indicated that the subject of shadows could also be used to craft a haiku.

This pedometer geek writer used shadows to write a couple haiku, and the editor chose to include one of them in this week’s column. The haiku is as follows:

summer afternoon

cloud shadows cross

our sails

~Nancy Brady, 2021

There is nothing quite so peaceful as lying on the bow of a sailboat and watching the jib above. As the clouds pass in front of the sun, they create shadows.

To read all the haiku chosen by Marietta McGregor for this week’s column, check out http://www.thehaikufoundation.org. Thank you, Marietta, for including mine along with the others. It is appreciated.

On another haiku-related subject, the Haiku Foundation also asks for participation in the weekly column called Renku Sessions. Renku is a linked haiku form, and under the leader, certain parameters are met to link the current verse to the previous verse without obviously linking to the rest of the renku.

Having no idea how those decisions are made did not deter this pedometer geek writer from participating nearly every week on the twenty verse renku. The leader, John Stevenson, decided to choose a different poet’s verse each week although he welcomed (and often commented favorably on) the verses suggested by those poets. He also commented upon verses that he also liked among the contenders before announcing which verse he chose to continue the renku.

This poet was shocked when John chose one of my entries for the nineteenth verse. To be honest, many of the ones I wrote have become a part of other haiku. I still don’t understand the form very well, but I enjoyed participating in the various renku the Haiku Foundation has run in the past. This renku, called The Way of the Wind, as well as all of the others are archived on the website.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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10 Responses to BP: Haiku Dialogue–Finding Peace and Contemplation

  1. Jules says:

    It is very subjective as to what editors accept – and I am happy that you have been chosen many times with/for your haiku. You capture some very calm moments that can be imagined easily. Thank you!

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    • Thanks, Jules, for your kind words. Poetry is so subjective, but I mostly write for my own pleasure, to get out thoughts and feelings that I observed or are inside me. You understand; you do the same thing (and more consistently at that) because you are a writer/poet yourself.
      On the other hand, it is nice to have some validation, too, from someone other than friends or family. It is only in the past year or so that I ever submitted to any journal. To put work out there is a bit scary to tell the truth. This year, after last year’s depressed mood with all that was going on, I decided to put myself out there. I am making a conscious effort to write again. And even to submit.
      Speaking of which, there’s only a few days until your and Colleen’s first Word Weavings! How exciting is that! Hugs, Nan

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      • Jules says:

        Being an editor… I never thought I’d add that to my resume! I think I helped a little. 😉
        Colleen has the wonderful programs and knowledge of publishing.

        I guess I did get a taste of that when I helped to Judge one year at a Carrot Ranch Rodeo.

        I had submitted to some chap books a few years back. I enjoy submitting for prompts. I’ve cut back on the prompts though. I’m attempting to have some days just for me. Though that never really stopped me before. 😉

        Did you get the Paddle Wheel PC? With ‘Him’ being retired we are attempting to get out upon occasion. Yesterday we went Kayaking! Hugs, JP

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  2. I would hate being an editor. I have a difficult enough time choosing which haiku to submit to which journals. I have also done kukai (submitting a haiku under a particular theme anonymously and then judging blindly the top three haiku of my choice, not including mine) and looking at and choosing from 50-100 (sometimes more), I couldn’t do the job of editor, but it is great that you have taken up the mantle.

    No, the last two postcards were Nancy Drew, and did I tell you I found one in a box of books and am reading it? Kayaking? Where did you kayak? Somewhere close by or further afield (or should I say further a creeks?) That’s fun. We have a two-person kayak and we paddled it around Old Woman Creek a time or two taking photos.


  3. Janice says:

    Nancy, for me this is a strong haiku…there’s the image that inspired you and more. I felt suspense hanging on that middle line. I have read the Renku feature from time to time and find it somewhat mysterious as well…what a thrill it must have been to have a contribution selected 🙂

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  4. Janice, thank you. Knowing the (high) caliber of the haiku you write, that is thoughtful of you to say. Especially since I have had a similar iteration of this haiku rejected many times. I guess I had to change the fragment.
    Yeah, having participated in several of the renku there, I find it mysterious too. Why a section is chosen based on the previous line??? It hurts my head. And it was a thrill, controversy and all!


  5. calmkate says:

    you’ve entered a realm that alienates me entirely … I like this haiku very much because it’s logical and makes sense! Most chosen for such publications are far beyond my comprehension and seem like utter nonsense … to each our own 😉

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    • Kate,
      Thanks for the compliment on my haiku. There are days when haiku alienates me, too. Especially those haiku that seem totally disjointed have me scratching my head trying to figure them out. My haiku tend to be moments that are direct (very visual, very relatable, very nature-related, or at least I think so). I suspect, at times, that the masters who first created the haiku form (Basho, Issa, etc.) would not get published very often. I have to say that I write haiku because an idea or moment gets in my mind and I can get it down in a few words. It often occurs when I am traveling by myself and I see something that intrigues me, delights me, etc. and I want to remember it. Usually those haiku. when reading them later, takes me back to the place I was at the time (kind of like hearing certain songs transport back to an earlier time, TMI

      Now, the renku was SO completely out of my understanding, but I was still trying to understand the form.by participating. At times, it felt like a gotcha game: “here is what I want and expect for the next verse, and then halfway through, oh yeah, I also need this extra piece added to the verse, but I forgot to mention it, etc.: and then a selection that seemed totally unexpected, so GOTCHA! I kept trying though, and I still don’t understand it and maybe I never will.

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      • calmkate says:

        Which is probably why I do like your haiku, most could be written in russian for all I can understand! You describe using your haiku like I use my photos, an incident captured in part to be revisited …

        kudos to you for persistent effort!

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  6. Thanks, Kate. That’s most of my ‘ku, creating a picture of a memory with a few words. Sometimes I feel the same way about reading some of them. I just don’t get them.


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