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A final word on NaHaiWriMo 2017

NaHaiWriMo 2017 has come to an end, and a mystery has been solved.

I noticed early on that the prompts themselves were trying to tell us something. NaHaiWriMo founder / organizer Michael Dylan Welch explains:

“For those of you who might have wondered, the prompts for this month all came from two sentences (slightly adapted) from R. H. Blyth: ‘Haiku is a hand beckoning, a door half-opened, a mirror wiped clean. It is a way of returning to nature, to our moon nature, our cherry blossom nature, our falling leaf nature, in short, to our Buddha nature.’ So that’s why a few of the prompts have been repeated. This is one of my favourite quotations from Blyth about haiku. I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s prompts.”

So that explains it!  ;- )

Thank you, everybody, for following my progress as I wrote my way through the month, one poem at a time.  _/|\_

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NaHaiWriMo 2017: nature

this goldfinch

perched on the edge

of spring

NaHaiWriMo 2/28 prompt = nature (“yet again—whatever you want to write about from the natural word, and try to keep it a pure-nature poem”).

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NaHaiWriMo 2017: Buddha

lost in joy

the tranquil Buddha

on our bookshelf

NaHaiWriMo 2/27 prompt = Buddha.

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NaHaiWriMo 2017: our

hey cat!

who said you could sleep

on our dining room table?

NaHaiWriMo 2/26 prompt = our.

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NaHaiWriMo 2017: to

from north to south

a freighter

on the horizon

NaHaiWriMo 2/25 prompt = to.

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NaHaiWriMo 2017: in short

so much

so little:


NaHaiWriMo 2/24 prompt = in short (“write a very brief/minimal haiku”).

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NaHaiWriMo 2017: nature

turn of the tide . . .

pulled by the current

of my thoughts

NaHaiWriMo 2/23 prompt = nature (“once more, but think of human nature this time”).

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NaHaiWriMo 2017: leaf

let go, leaf!

ride the autumn wind

like blazes!

NaHaiWriMo 2/22 prompt = leaf.

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NaHaiWriMo 2017: falling

falling in love

with every red hydrant:

the nosy dog

NaHaiWriMo 2/21 prompt = falling.

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NaHaiWriMo 2017: nature

Washington’s Crossing . . .

in snow and sleet

the reenactors

NaHaiWriMo 2/20 prompt = nature (“yet again, but this time think of something seasonal that’s unique or special where you live”).

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