Folks, do yoreself a big favor an go read Annie's "O Christmas Tree" post.
It is one of the best posts I'se read all year. It's a delight.
Also, a new story an' menu on Ether Capacious.
Haiku Monday continues below:
* "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."
Thanky to Curmudgeon (whose sweet side we's all seen now, no hidin' behind gruff exterior fer him no more--we got his number doan we? ) Aunty's been given the first Haiku Monday theme fer 2012.
Welcome to all new comers--'tis a time fer new-ness, so please invite others to join us--an' those who already belong to this blogger circle, but doan Haiku, please take the plunge!! ( y'all jes' click the linked phrases to see easy tutorials on Haiku.)
Natcherly, it seemed fittin' to choose somethin' tied to New Year's resolution. Mebbe use yore Haiku to fill in the blank:
"My New Year's Resolution is found in this Haiku: _______________."
Onliest trouble wif' that is that Aunty still be workin' on her 1993 resolution. Now I doan "resolve:" I have dropped back to a more modest "aiming to" stance. Mayhap that describes y'all too. ( if not, doan tell me how virtuous ya' is--it might upset me some an' I'se only had one cup o' cawfee.)
Still, the New Year is a good time to hit our reset buttons. Hence, New Beginnings is our theme fer Monday Jan 2, 2012.
Aunty is charmed by the intent of Haiku: "Imagery[that] presents a "Zen snapshot" of the universe, setting aside logic and thought for a flash of intuitive insight."
High marks toward the winnin' Haiku is given to lines that offer us "a flash of intuitive insight." An' Aunty be partial to the standard Japanese structure that features a Kireji ("cutting" word) and kigo (seasonal reference), though it may be indirect.
Otherwise the simplest rules of haiku apply: based on seventeen syllables contained in three lines divided into 5-7-5.
Submit as many entries as you'd like, but identify the two that ya' want judged. Entries posted in this comment box by Monday at midnight PST are eligible. Visuals optional, but a delight! More, they serve as a tiebreaker--post visuals at your own blogs an' tell us "I'm up" here in the combox.
Write some terrific Haiku an' ya could get free livin' in Key West fer two weeks!!
Beaches! Palm trees! Snorkeling! Conch fritters! Jimmy Buffet! Mojitos! Fishin'!
All this time ya' though writin' Haiku be a lark--but now it may pay off. Looky at this prize from the Robert Frost Poetry Contest! An' to top it wif' whipped cream an' a few nuts, iffin' ya win this Robert Frost contest ya' git to invite Aunty down an' take her to a Conch Fritter lunch!! Mebbe Troll will come too.
Aunty an' Uncle take this opportunity to wish one an' all a very Happy New Year! Wishin' ya' much mirth an' wunnerful new beginnings in 2012.
"So many fail because the don't get started-they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't BEGIN!"
-----W Clement Stone