Archive for the ‘Instant Oracle Haiku Commitment’ category

Grandpa Warms the Cockles of His Heart

February 11, 2015

What a lovely picture. I think we all have moments of anticipation like this.

Man_Hills

And then there are days when you are left noodling around on your own. They are more frequent when you’re old.

Haiku_ManHills

Hey, that looks like Skip the dog again. He’s a happy chappy. Mind you, with Skip it doesn’t take much.

 

 

 

The Clock of Deep Winter

February 8, 2015

Various events in the world lead one to discouragement.

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Thank God for Tree Leaves

February 4, 2015

I haven’t done one of these for 2.5 years, I couldn’t believe it. When I went to write my haiku for this I had to take my Handbook of Poetic Forms out to read about the form. To-date, I have been using the conventional Western treatment of 5-7-5 syllables on the three lines. According to my book you need a short first and last line and a longer middle line, but it’s more important to get the mood than the form, so the syllables are not tied up always.

This is pretty close, but I decided to be slightly freeform.

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I am hiding a bit today in a tree of the mind.

 

 

The Grimace of the Moon

June 11, 2012

Daily Draw June 11th, 2012

I shall have to watch my temper.

 

The moon reminds me of lurking emotion: just when you think you’ve got a handle on things, it appears out of the sky. Is it appearing or disappearing? Daylight and blue sky obscures but does not stop the existence of the moon. Does a bigger stick guarantee you will win?

A Zen moment in Haiku Land.

 

Shrubbery Fingers

February 24, 2012

Daily Draw February 24th, 2012

I got the Lady at the Door again. Today it is about the stillness and hiding and reaching about with green fingers, perhaps to start a new adventure in drawing?

 

Treed By the Leopard

November 16, 2011

Daily Draw November 15th, 2011

INSTANT LEOPARD

I am late posting this. I drew this card from the Instant Oracle this morning and started to putter with it in my poetry notebook, but everything I wrote for a haiku seemed to be a cliché.

My leopard friend here defines my fear that depression is trapping me up a tree. We all have ups and downs but for some of us, clinical depression rears up. The last one I had nearly destroyed me, so when I say “fear” I mean fear.

Claw and teeth, the blurry landscape an echo of the shadows of anxiety in my watery mind. I knew right away when I saw this card that I had to face it.

When my yoga mat comes I will be starting my movement awareness exercises, and as I was reading my Saori weaving book today I realized that this tension has settled deep inside my muscles but also my creative impetus. I am locked up tight along with every muscle in my body. There are things you can do with your hands and body to free yourself up. I have never tried this sort of thing before, but I am keeping a hopeful attitude.

The Bouquet Feast

November 6, 2011

Daily Draw November 6th, 2011

From the Instant Oracle:

I can almost smell that candle burning and the scent of flowers. A day for flowers and feasting and the meditative power of warm candles and light.