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.


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


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.








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.



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


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.