December 5, 2020, Haiku/Tanka Prompt word “future”

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New life emerges

What will the future bring now?

Ends shoot new buds forth

So, Tracy Aston is the new owner of House of Haiku.

Congratulations Tracy!

She has been working tirelessly behind the scenes for quite a while so I am really proud she agreed to take over as owner.

I hope everyone will keep supporting her especially as she finds her sea legs and gets familiar with all the ins and outs of running a publication.

I hope to also submit an occasional haiku at times as a writer!

Thank you as well to all of our other wonderful editors who help out behind the scenes. Without your support, we would not have been able to keep going this past year. …


Wednesday, 18 November Haiku/Tanka Prompt Word “home”

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This flesh enshrouds me

like a shoe that is too tight

never quite at home

I was inspired to write this after watching an interview with Ram Das, where death was likened to “taking off a shoe that is too tight” when the soul eventually leaves the dying body behind. This description resonated.

I have never entirely felt quite at home in my body, despite many sessions of body somatic therapy and meditation sessions. I wonder how many can relate to that feeling? I often still feel like a stranger resident inside of me.

Recently facing some health issues, I am once again taking some time to try and listen to my body. Rather than seeing my body as “the enemy” I am trying to ask questions with curiosity, gentleness, love and wonder — what do you need from me? What do I need to do more? What do I need to do less? And then sit quietly and listen as I meditate on my breath and focus on the stillness for the answers to arise from within. …


November 8, 2020: Haiku/Tanka prompt word “colour”

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Coloured ring circling darkness

Pupil is the gate

Iris dancing with the light

Light and dark have always danced together.

We cannot have one without the other.

Each on its own is useless. Without light, there would be no shadow.

The inky darkness of the night is important to reduce exposure to stimuli and allow all to rest properly and recuperate.

The stark light of the sun is beautiful as it illuminates and energises everything it shines upon.

Within our eye, our iris expands and contracts to allow light to go through the pupil.

The pupil always looks dark due to the light being absorbed by the eyeball.


Haiku/Tanka prompt word “no”

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Photo by Andrea Tummons on Unsplash

Being clear about
what we will and will not do
means others relax
no need for resentments now
our heart can remain open

Prompt Word: Please submit a haiku or tanka using the prompt word “no” (or a derivative).

Welcoming contributions from:

Cheney Meaghan Dennett Tracy Aston Bart Elbey Irene Brooks Jenny N Olson Anna West Molly Skeen Sundance Kid Whistling woods edh lamport Harper Thorpe Leah J.🕊 Jac Harmony Aline Mitul Bhat Ravi Shankar Rajan Oswald Chen Mariette Hebert Cuthbert Jenkins 🍵 Susan Brearley Gosia Rokicka Leanne Kathleen Daniele Alice Evergreen Shreya Srinivas David S. Giovanni Sonier Chelsea Marie Guérin Asante Kyle Morgan Cyndi Rooney Terry Bain Mary Keating Gilsos Drake Caeneus Carver Bain Nivedita Chandra Andy Smallman Jenise Cook Sarah Book Amy Jo Reynolds Barney Dinosaur Sabina Snow Bonnie Lee Reed Ely Matos Will Schmit Jen Turrell Heidi Franklin JA Wertz Anisesh Regina Fable Matthew Smith Elizabeth Pearson Kind Regards Shringi Kumari vanaja shankar shweta upadhyay Jenny Justice Wendell McQuary Justcallmejillybean Ashwini Dodani Pratik Routray Anne Sipos Francine Fallara Vaishali Paliwal Kamga Tchassa J.D. Harms Kathryn Stumpf Sola Rae SusanFarmer ShaRhonda Justin Deming Caitlin O’Halloran Attie Bill DuBay Jr. ⚡️ Elizabeth Keyes Chris Drew Kitty Hannah Eden J.W. Parr Kenneth Muir Sonam Arora Zarina Dara 🥀💃🏻 Christina Ward 🌼 Alma Awakened (fka Niña Traviesa) Cynthia Marinakos Kerri McNees ZUVA Namdi Harris Tapan Avasthi G.R. MELVIN Megan Tee Matthew Klope Priyanka Srivastava Sonal Sidhwani Jo Cohen Jonica Bradley Alexander Terrell Lisa Tomey Sarah Simon Yoahann Banaji Ayushi Goel Josie Elbiry Unique Writer Alan Asnen Nyaalo Mia Armando Batista Nathan Boyett Lahiriarjyama Ty Alexander Isaac Winters Matt McGee Kerim A. Altuncu Aurangazeeb A K Jim Mcaulay Philip Valenta, MSF :: [mezcalindo] Glenda Thompson E.M Pauling Sonal Sidhwani JJ West Blithe Anderson Sydney Duke Richey RyanR Gordon McFarland Carter Tinsley Bhupesh Gupta Deborah Horton Joshua Eddens Anupama A Lora K Lucente Destiny Miller Jansen Tang Linda A Robinson, PhD Kathryn Jean Elise Bebbington Anna Rozwadowska Tally David Petri Craig Randall Radames Vargas Heidi Chase Beverly Annette Little Zoe Yu Livia Thomas Anthony Hinko Siddharth Murali Oak dayton O’KONNOR Lisa Bolin Emily Daly Norma Martiri Ed Springer Srinath S. Janis Cox Pierre Trudel Greg Rosenthal Lakshya Malik Josie Kirkwood Sherrye Richardson Caran Jantzen Bryony L’eau Catrina Daimon Lee Rodney Frazier Barry Rosenthal Annelise Lords Linda Armstrong Tasha Lane Jane Woodman Lisa Johnny Bukwyrm Vishie Martin Rushton Ravyne Hawke Mary-Elizabeth PH Dilpreet Kaur Virk Aimée Gramblin David Hope Hung Phung Anita Nahal Reba Marg Eashan Reddy Kotha Vivienne Teh Mark James Richard L. Boyer Audrey Himantono Athina Bikaki JMontes Kat Magik Eddie Becker Shoreditchpoet Carole Tansley Suryatapa GK caroline lodge Vivi Ambelioti Antony Terence James G Brennan Ibrahim Alkuraya Swati Suman J M Mantium Bavesh Rajaraman Emma Laver-Scott Manisha Gupta Jessica Lee McMillan Desiree Driesenaar Eric Overby Lynne Nardizzi Kevin J Ferris Stephen Dalton Joseph W Crystalclearcandace Joseph W Scott Edgar Edris Quinn C. Apollonia Torres Geetika Sethi Adhiraj Arora Vinitha Dileep Zoe Lee Lubna Yusuf Yusra Dahri Muhammad Zunair Charlotte Kingsbury- Fink Marco Gilioli Bob James Goldfolk Mutasim Billah Victor Sarkin Zoe DeTrani Charlene Shelmire Jenine Bsharah Baines KM Kit Liew Rachel Reid r.j. quirk Galit Birk, PhD Sanjit Sengupta Emily Shulkin Tree Langdon, CPA, CGA Kevin Aaron Quist Marcelino Granda K. O. Pinlac Kim McKinney Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh Sneha Mankar Denise Larkin Patience Marshall Alison Acheson Arron Fornasetti Sean Zhai Joy Scrogum Andrew Wlos Cara J. …


19 September 2020, Haiku/Tanka Prompt Word “dance”

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Image by Anne Smith from Pixabay

Bobbing up and down

Long legs prance, wings billow white

Dance to mate for life

How many of us love to dance?

The dance rituals of birds can be fascinating, beautiful and inspirational.

Brolga birds are actually part of the crane family and are prolific in the outback desert town in the middle of Australia where I currently am working and living.

Brolga birds —

  • mate for life
  • engage in majestic dances every mating season (both sexes)
  • are omnivorous
  • usually, lay 2 eggs at a time
  • build their nest in grasslands using sticks, grass and mud
  • live in the tropical and eastern parts of Australia and up into Papua New Guinea. …


September 5, 2020, Haiku/Tanka Prompt Word “strength”

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Image by happypixel19 from Pixabay

Fragile, all in white

Can you see me standing here?

Aware of my heart

One definition of strength relates purely to physical factors such as

  • relative size
  • muscle mass
  • weight

whilst another definition of strength refers to internal traits like

  • resilience
  • inner peace
  • determination
  • and persistence

which allow one to move forward and make calm measured decisions even in the presence of fear.

PROMPT: Please write a haiku or tanka this week using the prompt word “strength” or “strong” (or a derivative) or on the theme of strength.

Inviting contributions from the following writers/poets:

Cheney Meaghan Dennett Tracy Aston Bart Elbey Irene Brooks Jenny N Olson Anna West Molly Skeen Sundance Kid Whistling woods edh lamport Harper Thorpe Leah J.🕊 Jac Harmony Aline Mitul Bhat Ravi Shankar Rajan Oswald Chen Mariette Hebert Cuthbert Jenkins 🍵 Susan Brearley Gosia Rokicka Leanne Kathleen Daniele Alice Evergreen Shreya Srinivas David S. Giovanni Sonier Chelsea Marie Guérin Asante Kyle Morgan Cyndi Rooney Terry Bain Mary Keating Gilsos Drake Caeneus Carver Bain Nivedita Chandra Andy Smallman Jenise Cook Sarah Book Amy Jo Reynolds Barney Dinosaur Sabina Snow Bonnie Lee Reed Ely Matos Will Schmit Jen Turrell Heidi Franklin JA Wertz Anisesh Regina Fable Matthew Smith Elizabeth Pearson Kind Regards Shringi Kumari vanaja shankar shweta upadhyay Jenny Justice Wendell McQuary Justcallmejillybean Ashwini Dodani Pratik Routray Anne Sipos Francine Fallara Vaishali Paliwal Kamga Tchassa J.D. Harms Kathryn Stumpf Sola Rae SusanFarmer ShaRhonda Justin Deming Caitlin O’Halloran Attie Bill DuBay Jr. ⚡️ Elizabeth Keyes Chris Drew Kitty Hannah Eden J.W. Parr Kenneth Muir Sonam Arora Zarina Dara 🥀💃🏻 Christina Ward 🌼 Alma Awakened (fka Niña Traviesa) Cynthia Marinakos Kerri McNees ZUVA Namdi Harris Tapan Avasthi G.R. MELVIN Megan Tee Matthew Klope Priyanka Srivastava Sonal Sidhwani Jo Cohen Jonica Bradley Alexander Terrell Lisa Tomey Sarah Simon Yoahann Banaji Ayushi Goel Josie Elbiry Unique Writer Alan Asnen Nyaalo Mia Armando Batista Nathan Boyett Lahiriarjyama Ty Alexander Isaac Winters Matt McGee Kerim A. Altuncu Aurangazeeb A K Jim Mcaulay Philip Valenta, MSF :: [mezcalindo] Glenda Thompson E.M Pauling Sonal Sidhwani JJ West Blithe Anderson Sydney Duke Richey RyanR Gordon McFarland Carter Tinsley Bhupesh Gupta Deborah Horton Joshua Eddens Anupama A Lora K Lucente Destiny Miller Jansen Tang Linda A Robinson, PhD Kathryn Jean Elise Bebbington Anna Rozwadowska Tally David Petri Craig Randall Radames Vargas Heidi Chase Beverly Annette Little Zoe Yu Livia Thomas Anthony Hinko Siddharth Murali Oak dayton O’KONNOR Lisa Bolin Emily Daly Norma Martiri Ed Springer Srinath S. Janis Cox Pierre Trudel Greg Rosenthal Lakshya Malik Josie Kirkwood Sherrye Richardson Caran Jantzen Bryony L’eau Catrina Daimon Lee Rodney Frazier Barry Rosenthal Annelise Lords Linda Armstrong Tasha Lane Jane Woodman Lisa Johnny Bukwyrm Vishie Martin Rushton Ravyne Hawke Mary-Elizabeth PH Dilpreet Kaur Virk Aimée Gramblin David Hope Hung Phung Anita Nahal Reba Marg Eashan Reddy Kotha Vivienne Teh Mark James Richard L. Boyer Audrey Himantono Athina Bikaki JMontes Kat Magik Eddie Becker Shoreditchpoet Carole Tansley Suryatapa GK caroline lodge Vivi Ambelioti Antony Terence James G Brennan Ibrahim Alkuraya Swati Suman J M Mantium Bavesh Rajaraman Emma Laver-Scott Manisha Gupta Jessica Lee McMillan Desiree Driesenaar Eric Overby Lynne Nardizzi Kevin J Ferris Stephen Dalton Joseph W Crystalclearcandace Joseph W Scott Edgar Edris Quinn C. Apollonia Torres Geetika Sethi Adhiraj Arora Vinitha Dileep Zoe Lee Lubna Yusuf Yusra Dahri Muhammad Zunair Charlotte Kingsbury- Fink Marco Gilioli Bob James Goldfolk Mutasim Billah Victor Sarkin Zoe DeTrani Charlene Shelmire Jenine Bsharah Baines KM Kit Liew Rachel Reid r.j. …


The Australian National Bird — Haiku prompt “bird”

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Photo by Matthew Meredith on Unsplash

Our national big bird

Flightless, can’t walk backwards — tall

Ee-mew is my name!

24.9 million Australians have apparently been saying the name of their national bird (The Emu) wrong according to the US National Public Radio (NPR) this week — who argued it as being “Ee — moo” to the laughter of Aussies in Australia and all around the world!

The emu is an “Ee-mew” and has always been that way until the NPR said differently.

A twitter frenzy then erupted.

Hilarious.

I have no hesitation in declaring that no Australian is ever going to start calling an emu “ee-moo” without falling over backwards from laughing. …


11 July 2020, Tanka prompt “magic”

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Photo by Alex Hockett on Unsplash

The world convulses

Birth or death: we don’t yet know

Tumultuous times

A child inhales her first breath

Lungs expand and fill: we cry

Our daughter is in labour. Our new granddaughter is about to be born. We welcome her into an uncertain world.

So many species dying. So many people dying. Climate change. Mass extinctions. Peak oil. Melting ice caps. Sea level rises. Famine. Economic downturn. Pandemic. Poverty. Pain. Where is it all leading?

Only time will tell if we can reverse the downward spiral.

Whether we are witnessing the last convulsions of a dying race and dying earth; or whether we will all be reborn into a new life, new beginnings and new age. On the other side of this.


April 29, 2020: Haiku/Tanka prompt word “belong”

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Photo by Genessa Panainte on Unsplash

Wind blowing in trees

Echoes the sound of my heart

Longing to belong

Scattered in pieces

Keening in hollow places

Seeking safe shelter

One of the most longed for human needs is to feel understood in a deep and meaningful way. When this need to be understood is not met, it can often leave us feeling like we can’t find a place where we fit in, or truly belong leading to a deep ache in our heart.

I wish you all the experience of being fully understood, by someone, at some time and place, along with the sense of safety it provides. …

About

Deborah Christensen

Writer, Artist,, Dreamer, Bachelor of Science (Psychology), currently studying Master of Counselling, plantbased eater, debchristensen1965@gmail.com

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