I’m headed back to Georgia today with Will and Hannah. So wish us luck, send good thoughts and prayers, and anything else you prefer. Here’s hoping we’ll have a safe voyage and a new prompt tomorrow morning. Speaking of gas prices, be sure to check out my debut poetry collection Solving the World’s Problems–if you haven’t already, that is.
For today’s prompt, write a seasonal poem. This should be a snap for haiku poets; after all, inserting seasonal words is a rule for the form. However, you don’t have to write haiku to write a poem that references or happens in one of the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Pick a season or include them all.
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Here’s my attempt at a Seasonal Poem:
three deer cross my yard–
a neighbor approaches
holding garden shears
retreats into the trees–
a hawk finds a limb
two hummingbirds fight
as I watch the sun
Today’s guest judge is…
Michael Dylan Welch
Michael Dylan Welch is poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, and his latest book is True Colour. His poems, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in 20 languages in three Norton anthologies, and in such journals as Hummingbird, Line Zero, Modern Haiku, Poetry Nippon, Rattle, Rivet, Sand Hill Review, StringTown, and The Writer’s Chronicle, among hundreds of other journals and anthologies.
Michael is a director of the Haiku North America conference, cofounder of the American Haiku Archives, founder of the Tanka Society of America, and founder of National Haiku Writing Month (www.nahaiwrimo.com).
His personal website, devoted mostly to poetry, is www.graceguts.com.
Poem Your Heart Out again!
The prompts from last year’s challenge along with the winning poem from each day ended up in an inspired little anthology titled Poem Your Heart Out. It was part prompt book, part poetry anthology, and part workbook, because each day includes a few pages for you to make your own contributions.
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