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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Hay(na)ku

Time for another poetic form challenge!

This time around, we’ll write the hay(na)ku. This form was developed by Eileen Tabios and named by Vince Gotera. The rules are simple, which makes the poem fun to write (click here to read the original post).

Here are the rules:

  • 3-line poem
  • First line has one word
  • Second line has two words
  • Third line has three words

As in previous challenges, the poet who writes the hay(na)ku that I like best will be featured in a future issue of Writer’s Digest magazine (most likely the January 2012 issue). In fact, I might be able to squeeze a few entries in, since the form is so concise. Poets should paste their poems in the comments below; I will not accept submissions by any other means–or attached to any other posts.

The deadline for the hay(na)ku challenge is August 28, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time). That means you have roughly three weeks to write three lines. Now get poeming!

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237 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Hay(na)ku

  1. AC Leming

    this is for the dog which died in the same helicopter crash which killed the Seals in Afghanistan earlier this month

    dead
    dog howls —
    mourning its death

  2. cara.holman

    Three more:

    #1
    hawks
    catching thermals
    slow moving clouds

    #2
    the
    silence after
    the word “malignant”

    #3
    unmoored…
    the blur
    of hummingbird wings

    — Cara Holman

  3. Tracy Davidson

    First Date

    Kissing
    me gently
    on my neck,

    nibbling
    and sucking,
    a slight nip –

    his
    fangs flash
    in the moonlight.

    Watching
    blood gush
    like a geyser,

    screaming
    when I
    realise it’s mine.

  4. Kimberly G.

    Sleeplessly
    Awaiting you
    In my dreams

    Treasures
    Buried deep
    In Faith’s soul

    Developmentally
    Becoming one
    With my stomach

    Child’s best friend
    Go with
    Bubbles

    Destin
    Determined by
    Choices and decisions

    Controversy
    Over the
    Payment of alimony

  5. Jane Shlensky

    Reading
    Good writing
    Makes me smile

    Questions
    Open hearts
    To treasure mystery.

    Illness
    Makes me
    Question life’s purpose

    Rehearsal

    Instrumentless
    He plays
    His toothy smile

  6. Jane Shlensky

    Dogs, you folks have been busy already. Such a fun form! You’re right, Nancy, addictive. Don’t know if we needed titles, but I did them anyway.

    Buoyed

    “Fat
    Floats” became
    Her swim-time mantra.

    Campground

    Laughter
    Echoes through
    The over-arching trees.

    Tweaks

    Failures
    Offer chances
    For vision adjustment

    Sunday Mornings

    Sanctuary
    Stained glass
    Colors the sunlight.

  7. Tracy Davidson

    waterfall
    the bath
    has overflowed again

    following
    faded footprints
    in the sand

    winter
    waiting for
    her last breath

    summer
    in Britain
    it’s raining again

  8. taylor graham

    POETIC DISCOURSE

    It
    would have
    been enough – one

    nod of the
    head, a
    greeting.

    But
    this poem
    you wrote to

    catch me in
    an image
    so

    I
    have to
    answer in kind –

    what sweet conversation
    between near-
    strangers.

    Suddenly
    we are
    best word-friends.

  9. cstewart

    About Her

    She.
    Ran away
    Again and again.

    She.
    Became what
    She feared most.

    Face
    Up to
    Your created illusion.

    Pain.
    Stops you
    At the crossroads.

    Take
    Heart from
    Your sincere empathy.

    Take
    Hold of
    Your greatest fear.

    Make
    Fear bend
    To your will.

  10. Michael Grove

    (7 more)

    Love
    Endures All
    Even thru pain

    Knowledge
    Understanding truth
    Accepting nothing less

    Prayer
    Bended knees
    Two way communication

    Lines
    Don’t cross
    Stand on them

    Arms
    For hugging
    Not for fighting

    Grace
    Freely given
    Enough for everyone

    Landmines
    Planted everywhere
    Step with caution

    By Michael Grove

    1. Sharp Little Pencil

      Reality as an intricate doily. So telling, as the time it takes to tat a doily is impressive, as is the time it takes to create meaningful reality. Thanks, Daniel.

  11. Sara McNulty

    Farmer
    weeps handling
    scorched corn husks

    ———————————-
    Children
    starving, die
    abandoned in Somalia

    ———————————–
    Afraid
    of risk
    she chooses confinement

    —————————————
    Lies
    told often
    become his truth

    ——————————-
    With
    trembling hand,
    she raises teacup

    —————————–
    Balanced
    now, she
    opts for life

    ———————–
    Sixteen,
    pregnant, terrified
    of abortion’s retributions

    ————————————-
    Egg-shaped
    flesh formed,
    foreboding his fate

    ——————————-

    Storm
    brewed, rumbling
    like empty bellies

    —————————-

    Waited
    clutching purse,
    forlorn and forgotten

    ——————————
    Petaled
    eyelids
    drooped on sunflower
    drooped in death

  12. cara.holman

    Robert- Is there a limit on the number of hay(na)ku we can submit? I seem to remember it was 3 at one point, but the link to the original post explaining the rules seems to be broken, and I can’t find it again. I can write limitless numbers of these– that’s why I ask. :) Thanks!

    Cara Holman

  13. Shonte

    *None of these are related to each other, just so you know!*

    Girls,
    think before
    choosing your men.

    Love,
    Eying you
    Stimulates the heart.

    Abandoned.
    You traverse
    an empty heart.

  14. Sharp Little Pencil

    These are also on my blog, which mentions a bit about the form and gives a link back to Poetic Asides. Hope my formatting worked here as well as it did on my blog! Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/haynaku-a-fun-little-form/

    As Seen On TV

    Drug
    It’s new!
    Ask your doctor

    Squandered

    Money
    is wasted
    on the rich

    Like a Mighty Stream

    Justice
    is ensured
    only through action

    Jesus, Gandhi, King

    Peace
    cannot flourish
    without unconditional love

    Mel Gibson’s Passion

    Jesus
    was not
    an action figure

    America

    Hatred
    is not
    the new Normal

    All poems © 2011 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

  15. Nancy Posey

    Oh, Robert, this is addictive.

    London
    fires erupt.
    Blame the bakers.

    Summer
    ends tomorrow.
    Alert the weather.

    Announced
    your divorce:
    Changed Facebook profile.

  16. Bruce Niedt

    I used a similar theme for a poem last year, but this seemed like a fun form to revisit it:

    Six-word Spoilers

    Rosebud’s
    Kane’s sled –
    who’d have thought?

    Vader
    tells Luke:
    “I’m your father.”

    Norman
    slashes folks
    dressed as Mom.

    Heston
    finds ruined
    Statue of Liberty.

    Shrink,
    Dr. Malcolm,
    is a ghost.

    Date-
    night shocker –
    Dil’s a man!

    Devious
    suspect – Verbal
    is Keyser Söze.

    What’s
    Soylent Green?
    Yuck! It’s people!

    1. Sharp Little Pencil

      I can’t BELIEVE you Rosebudded all my favorite movies! BAD boy. Ha ha, love how you got them in this form. “Who is Keyser Soze?” Spacey’s best performance.

  17. seingraham

    Straddling
    the abyss
    Means spiraling down

    Weary
    of life
    riding razor’s edge

    Whoa – this is taking me places I didn’t expect to go … think maybe I’ve played with this form enough for now … interesting though …

  18. Willy

    With
    this ring,
    I, thee wed.

    At
    the table,
    bow your head.

    Give
    us this
    day our daily

    bread.
    Once spoken
    it’s been said.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    [multiple hay(na)ku]

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