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For week one of NaHaiWriMo, the prompts were all food words: pasta, eggs, cheese, spice, vegetable, rice, and milk.  Sadly, I was not inspired in the least by these prompts. In fact, I had an odd visceral ‘yuk’ response to all the words except spice. Yuk factors tend to interfere with creativity.  I did give it a go, but the harder I tried the worse my haiku became.

I don’t blame the prompts – after all, many people wrote amazing haiku and took these prompts in some really fun directions (see the blogs listed below for good haiku reading) so I will just ‘fess up to my general poetic malaise this week.

Excuses aside, here are a few off-prompt (and completely unrelated) haiku to keep me on track for February.  (One must be willing to accept the mediocre along with the good, yes?)

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Frost, like fairy dust,
sparkles through the meadow ~
Jack puts away his brush.

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Waking ~
the aha moment
like laughter

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dog snouts explore
a sunny patch of clover ~
sniffing for spring

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mandarin orange sky
dissolves into white clouds ~
sailor foresees snow

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blackbirds gather,
white crane in their midst ~
a charcoal sketch

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Crescent moon
in a half lit sky ~
hang your hat here

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an accidental delete
no restore option ~
the ephemeral nature of haiku.

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