on his doorstep
the banker abandons
all outstanding loans


abandoned sand castle
the hermit crab claims
squatter’s rights


A Haiku Writing Prompt

Greetings to all readers of this blog post!

Today I thought I’d do something a little different: I’m going to throw out a two-word phrase and invite you to do a haiku using one or both of these words. Just leave your haiku as a comment below.

I opened my thesaurus and the phrase at the top of the page was KEYSTONE. So here”s my challenge: use KEY and/or STONE in a haiku? Anyone game to give it a try?

I’ll start off with this one:

the jailer’s keys
a symphony of regret
in the prisoner’s heart


Word of the Day Prompt: SYMPHONY

Haiku Challenge

First of all I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s been following this blog, and welcome those who have just started. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, but I’ve been learning more about writing haiku in the interval. I hope you’ll enjoy the verse I’m going to be posting in the coming days.

I’ll start off with a writing challenge and welcome your responses.

If I have it right, the forerunner of modern day haiku, hokku or haikai, was sometimes given as a writing challenge or even used as a party game. Someone would supply the first two lines and another poet would come up with the last line to complete the verse.

So here are my first two lines:

the neighbours’ hummers
at our feeder…

Here are two possible endings. Which do you like better?
Or how would you finish this verse?

the neighbours’ hummers
at our feeder
won’t share

the neighbours’ hummers
at our feeder
what humanity!

For more on the subject of our hummingbirds, CLICK HERE.