Hello everyone! First of all, I want to praise each of you. All the haikus were absolutely beautiful. This week I found out exactly how tough it is to be host. I loved reading every haiku and seeing what incredible ideas everyone had, but choosing just one haiku was really hard. The visuals helped me lot too and now I am able to understand their importance much better. Three haikus out of 28 really got under my skin.
Dianne wrote a very interesting haiku:
Beauty of Springtime New shoots and buds emerging Colours Winter's grey.
Dianne managed to express the beauty of Spring and how this season brings color to the world, after Winter turned everything into a grey univers. It’s like having a canvas in front of you and all you have to do is to add color, turning it into a work of art. Unfortunately, no visuals accompanied this haiku but it impressed me anyway.
Next is Boxer:
Resident jester Mongrel, origin unknown To us, perfection
If anyone wonders why I liked this haiku, I can explain it in one word: Dogs! They are the most loyal and cute animals in this world, in my opinion. The difference between dogs and other animals is that they love their owner and they are loyal to him until the end. They offer their love without asking for nothing in return. The only thing they want is maybe a bit of love in return. Every dog is perfect and special in its own way no matter what breed it is. A few years ago, the story of one dog really impressed me. Hachiko was an Akita dog and it belonged to a professor that used to travel a lot by train. The dog used to wait for him at the station every day. After a year, the professor died, but the dog kept on waiting for him at the station every day for 10 years. I think this proves how loyal dogs can be and this story made me appreciate dogs even more.
Another haiku that made me wonder why I have to choose just one winner is the one Moi shared with us:
Fractured limestone peaks once obscured by ocean’s depths now commune with sun.
I was drawn to this haiku because it shows a beautiful part of the world we live in that many don’t notice. The visual was outstanding and I could almost feel like I was there, seeing the greatness of the mountain and feeling the fresh air. It’s magical!
And now….The announcement everyone is expecting….This week’s Haiku Monday Winner is….
Congratulations everyone and thanks again for playing this week! :)
I am your host for this week’s Haiku Monday. I am honored and I would like to thank everyone for the votes. I am excited to host this week and I hope many of you will accept the challenge. Everyone is welcome and I hope we will have some new players too.
“Life is full of beauty. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” Ashley Smith.
The Haiku Monday theme is “Beauty”.
The usual rules are applied. 5-7-5 /17 syllables format. You can submit as many entries as you like, but choose the two that you want judged. Kireji and Kigo are not necessary but you can use these elements if you like. You can also post visuals on your blog because they might serve as a tie breaker and they also make everything more fabulous and interesting. Deadline is at Midnight Pacific Time on Monday. The winner will be announced on Tuesday.
Good luck to everyone! I hope many of you will accept the challenge.
Apparently my imagination ran away this week and I couldn't come up with some decent haikus. I have some ideas but apparently I can't find the right words. This is absolutely annoying: staying for hours with papers in front of me ready to write something and putting all those ideas into words...and in the end...blank.
Okay so here is what I came up with:
Forests hide footsteps
Rain dances with her beauty.
She touches freedom.
Fluffy thing drifts by
From the kingdom of the sky.
Cloud sheep are the best!
Make it shine!
Syllables form words
Words then turn into stories
Stories make us shine.
The last one is about the importance of our life. We make our own story and these are one of the treasures that we hold. Just my opinion!
And these are the haiku that I wrote for this theme:
The howling is heard
Wolves are calling out for those
Who truly love darkness.
The second haiku refers to some fantasy creatures of the night - vampires. I chose them because I think they can be included in this theme and also because my country is where the legend of Dracula was born. The region called Transylvania is the one that inspired Bram Stoker to write his book.