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December 5, 2013

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David G. Lanoue shares some of his favorite poems by Issa at the 2013 HSA SE Ginko Haikufest in Atlanta
photo by Raymond French


Greetings, Poetry Friday Friends! I'm hosting today from my soon-to-be home of Beaufort, SC, where we're slated for sunshine and highs in the 70s today. I send this freely to those of you whose windows are caked in ice and snow.

It's my great honor to continue our "We Haiku Here" series today with Haiku Society of America (HSA) president David G. Lanoue. He delivered a reading of Issa's work at our recent HSA Southeast Region's"ginko haikufest" in Atlanta. I've been featuring our speakers and their poetry the last few weeks. We'll welcome a special student guest next week, and then regional coordinator Terri L. French will round out the series.

Our gathering was called "gazing at flowers," in honor of haiku master Issa's 250th birthday, and it was a special treat to have our HSA president participate!

David G. Lanoue is a professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a co-founder of the New Orleans Haiku Society, an associate member of the Haiku Foundation, and the president of the Haiku Society of America. His books include Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa, Haiku Guy, Laughing Buddha, Haiku Wars, Frog Poet, Dewdrop World and Issa’s Best: A Translator’s Selection of Master Haiku. He maintains The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa website, for which he has translated 10,000 of Issa’s haiku.


I asked David to please tell us a little bit about Issa and share a few of his favorite Issa haiku.

Issa, which literally means "One Tea," is one of the great haiku poets of Japanese tradition. He lived from 1763 to 1828 (even though most sources still make the mistake of assigning 1827 as his death year). He was brilliantly prolific, writing over 20,000 haiku in his lifetime. Down to earth, human, sympathetic to all life--from noble horses down to tiny fleas; Issa is loved by readers all over the world. Despite many hardships--losing his mother when he was a child, enduring the abuse of a hateful stepmother, having to go into exile at a young age, and, later in life, mourning the deaths of four children and his first wife--Issa remarkably retained his sense of humor and love for life throughout his poetry. As for sharing some of my favorite Issa haiku, I've culled 1,210 of them from my online archive of 10,000 and put them into a book (Issa's Best—available from Amazon as a paperback and as e-books for Kindle and Nook, hint, hint), so it’s terribly hard for me to narrow it down further. So, I’ll just flip through the book and pick five random ones that catch my eye. Enjoy...

chin-deep
in the fallen blossoms . . .
a frog

on the high priest’s
head . . .
flies making love

lightning flash –
no way to hide
the wrinkles

blooming
with butterflies
the dead tree

resting
on the big dog’s head
dragonfly


I also asked David to share a few of his own...

Translating Issa for 26 years inspired me to try my hand at writing original haiku. Here’s a sampling of five:

the old priest dines
his wine
just wine

a "Lost Dog" sign
nailed deep
into the oak

one star
over the airport
another Beatle has died

pizza parlor
after the murders
help wanted

when he reaches the square
the beggar
becomes lame


Poems ©David G. Lanoue. All rights reserved.

The above were first published in Modern Haiku 30.1 (1999); Frogpond27.2 (2004); Frogpond 31.1(2008); Haiku Wars(2009); and Senryu Therapy: American-Romanian Anthology(2012).

Of course, I asked David my "Why haiku?" question:

Here's something I wrote recently for the Haiku Foundation blog about where my haiku come from:

My haiku always begin with some sort of stimulus—a glimpse, a scent, a memory—about which I suddenly have a strong feeling that “There’s a haiku in this.” I’m curious to find out what I will say about this “this.” When I take out pen and paper, or more recently, the iPhone, I’m trying to catch the momentum of an impulse to discover. The first image is always easy; it’s the spark that ignited the curiosity. The second image or, perhaps, thought, will be the discovery which, if I’m lucky, will make the quick journey from part A to part B a haiku. For this step I rely on everything I know and have felt, my deep intuitions, my lifelong love affair with the English language, and, trusting in all this, nine out of ten times the second part comes even as I am writing it down—and I have a haiku. Whether or not it’s a good haiku is a matter to be decided later, but for the time being I’m content to add it to the computer file titled “MyKu” that contains over 3,000 similar bursts of discovery, from 1983 to yesterday.



AND, I asked David who should join the HSA...

Who should join the HSA ? Anyone who'd like to cultivate an interest in haiku, as a reader of it, a writer of it, or both. The HSA provides a great opportunity for the English-speaking haiku community in North America to stay in touch and share their love of haiku. Workshops, conferences, an annual members' anthology, a subscription to our journal Frogpond (published three times a year) and one-on-one mentoring opportunties are all available to HSA members. I've been a member since forever, and I've always felt that I've gotten more out of the HSA than the annual membership fee ($35 these days for US citizens) could ever pay for. In fact, as I write this note I'm reminded that I haven't rejoined for 2014, so I'll do so today!

To learn more about David or Issa, please visit his Haiku Guy website. You can even sign up in Yahoo groups for an Issa poem to be sent to you each day! Also, this week I blogged about Haiku Guy, the first in David's series of haiku novels, at Janice Hardy's writer blog, The Other Side of the Story.

Now, what are you offering up today? Please leave your link in the comments, and I'll round them all up between sunshine breaks.

Good Poetry Friday Morning!

If you have a pulse and an inbox, you will relate to Michelle’s hilarious original “Cyber Seduction” poem about ringing in the online holiday spending season over at Today’s Little Ditty

At Bald Ego, Charles combines two of my personal favorites: Van Gogh and the villanelle! He also has Couplets for Picasso if that’s your couplet of tea. (Wonderful art by son Chip, too.)

Laura brings us another of Joyce Sidman’s poems from WHAT THE HEART KNOWS – “Song of Bravery” at
Writing the World for Kids. (This one seems especially appropriate today, as the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela.)

Along the theme of world leaders, Linda at Teacher Dance marks the recent 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy with a post about Robert Frost and Kennedy – how Frost wrote the first presidential inauguration poem yet read another at the ceremony, and links to more about all that.

Catherine at Reading to the Core has a poem by Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, “What the Heart Cannot Forget” – made me sigh out loud.

Who wants pie? Get over to Gottabook and have an original slice with Greg! It’s pre-fib pie. (You’ll have to click to see what I mean.)

If your hunger is of a more serious vein, be sure to read Myra’s offering at Gathering Books - a striking poem called “Hunger” by Nerisa Guevara (& check out previous posts featuring her work, too).

Dear Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference brings us a terzanelle by Lewis Turco, and an ornament made by yours truly. (I didn’t pay her, I promise!) Don’t you just love the word, “terzanelle?”? And in the featured poem, don’t you just love the word, “hourdust”?

At Carol’s Corner, Carol features a powerful new poetry picture book by Daniel Beaty, KNOCK KNOCK, illustrated by Bryan Collier. (I couldn’t make it dry-eyed through the video either, Carol.) Carol comments that she has shared the picture book about Issa, COOL MELONS TURN TO FROGS (on my shelf too, of course!) for years. “In some sense,” Carol writes, “Beaty and Issa have a lot in common--both men have had really difficult lives and have used poetry to create meaning.”

Mary Lee at A Year of Reading is in with an ode to – her big toe?! (Please do check out the bandage art. And, heal fast, Mary Lee!)

**ALSO** – Mary Lee is issuing a call for Poetry Friday Roundup hosts for Jan. – June , so get thee hence and claim a date! (I’m off to go do that right now. Back in a minute….)

At The Drift Record, Julie has William Ernest Henley’s (1849–1903) poem, “Invictus,” honoring the man who will always be associated with it, Nelson Mandela.

Greg had pie, Laura has cookies… Go visit Author Amok for Myra Cohn Livingston’s “Christmas Cookies,” PLUS directions on how to make “Paintbrush Cookies” (now that’s right up my artist’s alley) PLUS other poetically tasty links.

Do you hear some jingling? Well, then you must be near Betsy’s I Think in Poems blog, where she shares some “Jingling Chatter” today. Drop in with one of Laura’s cookies.

Tara at A Teaching Life honors Nelson Mandela today with two poems, “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley and John Matshikiza’s 1974 poem, “And I Watch it in Mandela.”

Caw! Caw! Maragret at Reflections on the Teche shares her poetic observances of a murder of crows which came to play at their school playground this week.

If tiny mice are more your thing, skitter – rather, sail – on over to Alphabet Soup, where Jama’s serving them up. Well, she’s not REALLY serving up REAL mice – Jama would never do that – but she has Janis Ian's adorable new picture book, THE TINY MOUSE, delightfully illustrated by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert. And, of course, there’s food.

Thanks to Becky for the warm SC welcome! Becky’s ringing in St. Nicholas Day today at Tapestry of Words with “A Song for St. Nicholas” by Mary Mapes Dodge (1831-1905).

Katya is trying to make the best of a frigid situation with Emily Dickinson’s “Snow flakes” atWrite, Sketch, Repeat. (And I’m hoping Mary Lee’s toes will soon be up to this kind of jig.)

Collette brings us former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and “The Favorite Poem Project,” along with a powerful video – a 20-year-old student’s reading of Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” at Used Books in Class.

At Enjoy and Embrace Learning, Mandy offers some words of encouragement for Mary Lee and her poor toe.

Diane (one of David’s “Daily Issa” subscribers, BTW) brings her usual Triple Threat of poetic goodness:

At Random Noodling, she offers an original ekphrastic poem, “Interior.”

St. Nicholas Day gets some more love at Kurious Kitty, with “The Festival of St. Nicholas” by Mary Mapes Dodge from Hans Brinker, or, the Silver Skates.

And a quote for creatives by Mollie Hunter is yours for the pondering at KK’s Kwotes.

At The Blog with the Shockingly Clever Title, Karen shares Mark Jarman’s “Prayer for our Daughters” (touching to me as I’m waiting on my college daughter to come visit this afternoon!). She also added links to haiku-related posts on her blog.

Donna’s in with a poem for the “musicfully inclined” over at Mainely Write. Dare you to read it without tapping your toes.

Lovely Cathy brings us a timely poem and post today with “A Wish is a Start” at Merely Day by Day (Our second post featuring coins – good luck, I’m thinking. No, wishing….)

Jone checks in from Check it Out with a Mary Oliver poem, “In Blackwater Woods” – and some lovely thoughts about how poetry can help heal in times of loss.

Garrison Keillor fans? (Raises hand wildly…) Keri is giving away a signed copy of his latest book, O, WHAT A LUXURY – VERSES LYRICAL, VULGAR, PATHETIC and PROFOUND at Keri Recommends. (Hmmm… Maybe I’ll leave TWO comments over there….)

Violet takes up Laurie Purdie Salas’s great 15-words-or-less challenge this week with an original response, “Katniss’s Dilemma,” at Violet Nesdoly Poems. (There – you "hunger" to know more, I can tell – my work here is done.)

(Must take a wee break - back in just a bit.)


I'm back!...


Anastasia sparkles with the magic of icicles today at a Poet! Poet!

Little Willow chimes in at Bildungsroman with “The Singer” by Anna Wickham. (To me, it seems an especially appropriate choice for today in light of Mandela’s passing.)

Janet lightens things up for us with I’VE LOST MY HIPPOPOTAMUS: MORE THAN 100 POEMS by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic, at
All About the Books. (Now, that looks like fun.)

JoAnn over at Teaching Authors serves up some terrific book recommendations, and links to others, that should go straight to your gift list (or maybe on your own letter to Santa?) She also shares a most delicious love poem from Joyce Sidman’s new WHAT THE HEART KNOWS: CHANTS, CHARMS & BLESSINGS.

MM Socks opensThe Drawer to share an original poem, “Nobody Wants to Hold My Hand.” (Well, I'm sure after folks visit his blog he'll get some offers... ;0) )

Ruth also has an original poem this week, “Sounds from this House,” at There is no Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town. It was published in their school’s brand-new online literary journal and will transport you immediately to life in Haiti. (That last stanza is gorgeous, gorgeous.)

Okay – you’ve been working hard all day. Now it’s time to play! Amy has just the thing at The Poem Farm, with a poem inspired by a young teacher-in-training and her dolls and stuffed animals – and from Amy’s own memories, as well.

Joy lives up her name today with an acrostic poem she wrote for Kwanzaa at Poetry for Kids Joy. Terrific sentiment! She invites us to check out her haiku from earlier this week, too.

Well, the sun is setting here, and we're about to head out for a little while. Hope you can cozy up with some of this great poetry, and I'll check back in later.

Comments

  1. December 5, 2013 11:32 PM EST
    I confess, I'm not usually up this late, but it's been a very busy day and I just finished my PF post now! How interesting to learn more about Issa, the person, and then be seduced by those moments of haiku discovery. Thank you for that, Robyn... and for hosting today, of course! My offering is another type of seduction. One that's virulent at this time of year-- a cyber seduction. Here's the link: http://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2013/12/cyber-seduction.html
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  2. December 5, 2013 11:43 PM EST
    Thanks, Robyn. We're playing with a Villanelle for Van Gogh and Couplets for Picasso today at the BALD EGO blog
    - Charles Ghigna - Father Goose
  3. December 5, 2013 11:54 PM EST
    Hi Robyn--Will be back tomorrow to read your post--thanks for opening up for comments early! I'm in this week with "Song of Bravery" from Joyce Sidman's What the Heart Knows. http://www.laurasalas.com/blog/pf-song-of-bravery/ Tx, Laura
    - Laura Purdie Salas
  4. December 6, 2013 12:27 AM EST
    Wow, what a post over-flowing with love for haiku. I am thinking it would be a good thing to see what the membership is all about, intriguing, especially after reading the description. Love them all, but the pizza parlor touches directly because we had a terrible murder here at one a long time ago. Makes me wonder! Also enjoyed all the Issa haiku, yet especially the first one about the frog-perfect, isn't it?
    - Linda Baie
  5. December 6, 2013 12:30 AM EST
    And forgot to thank you for hosting Robyn, and to leave my link. I am writing about Robert Frost writing and sharing poetry at President Kennedy's inauguration, remembering that at the sad anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, though I'm a couple of weeks late. http://www.teacherdance.org/2013/12/poetry-friday-thankful-for-past-history.html
    - Linda Baie
  6. December 6, 2013 12:34 AM EST
    (Linda, nothing makes me happier than for someone to get so carried away about haiku that she forgot what she initially came for... ;0) Tee hee.)
    - Robyn Hood Black
  7. December 6, 2013 1:08 AM EST
    Like Michelle, I'm up much too late. The haikus are wonderful. I love the image of the frog buried in blossoms! Thank you for hosting the round up today. I'm sharing "What the Heart Cannot Forget" by Joyce Sutphen.
    http://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/poetry-friday-what-the-heart-cannot-forget/
    - Catherine @readingtothecore
  8. December 6, 2013 3:05 AM EST
    Thanks for hosting and haikuing.

    I'm up with an original today, all about pie! - http://gottabook.blogspot.com/2013/12/to-pie-pie-poem.html
    - Greg Pincus
  9. December 6, 2013 3:37 AM EST
    Fantastic haiku! Ones for reading and re-reading.

    Myra gave me her link today: Here's my Poetry Friday link, a poignantly beautiful prose poem by our featured poet, Nerisa Guevara. "Hunger."
    http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/poetry-friday-hunger-by-nerisa-guevara/

    And here's mine: http://tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/2013/12/nothing-but-what-it-is.html I have a terzanelle by Lewis Turco, and an ornament by you!

    Thanks for hosting, Robyn!
    - Tabatha
  10. December 6, 2013 4:53 AM EST
    Thanks for the information about Issa. I've used a picture book, COOL MELONS TURN TO FROGS, featuring his haiku for years, but I never knew much about him. I'm in with a new poetry picture book, KNOCK KNOCK, by Daniel Beaty. In some sense, Beaty and Issa have a lot in common-- both men have had really difficult lives and have used poetry to create meaning. http://carolwscorner.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday.html
    - Carol
  11. December 6, 2013 5:39 AM EST
    Thanks for hosting! I like David's haiku better than Issa's!

    I'm in with an ode to my big toe: http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-ode-to-my-big-toe.html

    If you could also post a link for the call for roundup hosts for Jan-June, I'd appreciate it!
    http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-call-for-roundup-hosts.html
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  12. December 6, 2013 5:54 AM EST
    Time for me to read more haiku - Issa, here I come! This week over at The Drift Record I share the poem Nelson Mandela recited to fellow inmates during his 27 years of incarceration.
    - Julie Larios
  13. December 6, 2013 6:02 AM EST
    Hi, Robyn. Thank you for highlighting David's translations and work. Translating 10,000 haiku must have been a beautiful way to learn the art form.

    I'm munching on Christmas Cookies today. Not only with "Christmas Cookie," by Myra Cohn Livingston. I've got the recipe for our favorite holiday tradition: Paintbrush Cookies. http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-cookie-monster.html
    - Laura Shovan
  14. December 6, 2013 6:20 AM EST
    Looking forward to getting back to read your post Robyn, thanks for hosting today. My poem is about an image from my childhood that reminded me of a jingling bell. Tis the season. http://ithinkinpoems.blogspot.com/2013/12/jingling-chatter.html
    - Betsy Hubbard
  15. December 6, 2013 6:44 AM EST
    Thanks for hosting today, Robyn, and sharing Haiku treats.
    I'm posting two poems in remembrance of Nelson Mandela:
    http://tmsteach.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-two-poems-for-nelson.html
    - Tara
  16. December 6, 2013 6:49 AM EST
    Thanks for hosting today, Robyn. I'll visit again later after school. Speaking of school, a murder of crows invaded our playground earlier this week, so I captured it in a poem. http://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/crows-on-the-playground/
    - Margaret Simon
  17. December 6, 2013 7:26 AM EST
    What a special treat to read David's haiku and to learn about Issa. Loved the Beatle one :).

    Today at Alphabet Soup I'm featuring Janis Ian's new picture book, THE TINY MOUSE:

    http://jamarattigan.com/2013/12/06/friday-feast-nibbling-on-janis-ians-the-tiny-mouse/

    Veggie boats and strawberry mice for everyone.

    Thanks for hosting today, Robyn, and for the entire Haiku series. And thanks for the sunshine from SC. We need it!
    - jama
  18. December 6, 2013 7:36 AM EST
    Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday today, Robyn, and welcome to South Carolina! Hopefully I will get to meet you at one of our Carolinas SCBWI conferences one day! = ) What a wonderful interview--I am definitely going to have to spend much more time with this post over the weekend. I love haiku, and this whole concept is just lovely! In my Poetry Friday post today I have a poem celebrating St. Nicholas Day.

    = ) Becky
    - www.beckyshillington.blogspot.com
  19. December 6, 2013 7:40 AM EST
    Thanks for hosting today. I'm jealous of your warm weather this morning -- I don't mind snow but freezing sleet like we have this morning is not my cuppa tea.

    At Write. Sketch. Repeat. I've got a Dickinson poem about snowflakes.
    http://www.katyaczaja.com/posts/poetry-friday-snow-day-edition/

    - Katya @ Write.Sketch.Repeat
  20. December 6, 2013 7:40 AM EST
    My contribution combines Robert Pinsky's keynote address given at the Conference of English Leadership last month. The focus of his address was the sound of poetry which is evident with the "Favorite Poem Project". One selection is by Gwendolyn Brooks "We Real Cool", and I linked this poem to a video recording of John Ulrich who explains why the poem is so significant to him before he recites.
    - Colette Bennett
  21. December 6, 2013 7:42 AM EST
    OOPS here is the link!!!
    http://usedbooksinclass.com/2013/12/06/poetry-friday-robert-pinsky-and-the-favorite-poem-project/
    - Colette Bennett
  22. December 6, 2013 7:58 AM EST
    I wrote a poem of encouragement a friend and poet many of us know, Mary Lee. http://enjoy-embracelearning.blogspot.com/2013/12/nerdlution-solution.html
    - mandyrobek
  23. December 6, 2013 8:02 AM EST
    I get an Issa poem every morning in my email, thanks to David! I especially enjoy the short notes that give the haiku context. Thank David for me!

    At Random Noodling I have an original poem called "Interior." http://randomnoodling.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-interior.html

    Kurious Kitty is celebrating St. Nicholas Day. http://www.kuriouskitty.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-its-st-nicholas-day.html

    KK's Kwotes has a quote by Mollie Hunter. http://www.kkskwotes.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday.html
    - Diane Mayr
  24. December 6, 2013 8:19 AM EST
    Love haiku! Thanks for this. I'm in today with Mark Jarman. The link is here. Thanks for hosting!
    - Karen Edmisten
  25. December 6, 2013 8:35 AM EST
    I love Haiku. Thanks for sharing this and for hosting today! I have my poem for the musicfully inclined here: http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/2013/12/musicfully-inclined.html
    - Donna Smith
  26. December 6, 2013 8:46 AM EST
    Robyn,
    I'm a little jealous of your 70 degrees, but my snow and ice gave me enough extra time to guarantee a visit to poetry Friday.

    Who doesn't love a wish? I try to keep one ready for that first shooting star, plan the perfect wish on my birthday, or toss a coin for a chance. Today I'm sharing an original poem about a wish at Merely Day by Day.

    A Wish is a Start
    http://merelydaybyday.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-wish-is-start.html
    - Cathy Mere
  27. December 6, 2013 8:47 AM EST
    ...and THANKS for hosting.
    - Cathy Mere
  28. December 6, 2013 9:47 AM EST
    I have to get ready for school but will be reading this later. Here 's mine, In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver
    - Jone
  29. December 6, 2013 10:11 AM EST
    I love this series, Robyn! Today I'm kicking off December by giving away a signed copy of Garrison Keillor's latest book at http://kerirecommends.com/2013/12/06/poetry-friday--a-poetry-giveaway.aspx

    Thanks for hosting!
    - Keri Collins Lewis
  30. December 6, 2013 10:54 AM EST
    Thanks so much for hosting Robyn. Am looking forward to coming back here to read at my leisure sometime today. In the meantime, can I still play?

    My poem today is a response to Laura Purdie Salas's 15-word poem challenge from yesterday. It's here: http://vnesdolypoems.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/katnisss-dilemma/
    - Violet Nesdoly
  31. December 6, 2013 11:18 AM EST
    I am so getting that haiku book. Happy Poetry Friday.
    - Catherine Johnson
  32. December 6, 2013 11:36 AM EST
    Thanks for hosting, Robyn! We live in the South, too, but we're having an ice storm, thus the haiku ICICLES @ Poet! Poet!

    http://www.asuen.com/poetry/icicles/
    - Anastasia
  33. December 6, 2013 11:52 AM EST
    Good morning! Thanks for hosting. I posted The Singer by Anna Wickham at my blog, Bildungsroman:
    http://slayground.livejournal.com/765258.html
    http://slayground.livejournal.com/
    - Little Willow
  34. December 6, 2013 11:58 AM EST
    My selection is "I've Lost My Hippopotamus: more than 100 poems" by Jack Prelutsky with illustrations by Jackie Urbanovic.
    - Janet Squires
  35. December 6, 2013 12:23 PM EST
    Thank you for the haiku and for hosting! Today at TeachingAuthors.com, I've posted links to a number of 2013 book recommendations, a few recommendations of my own, and a poem from Joyce Sidman's terrific What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings.
    - JoAnn Early Macken
  36. December 6, 2013 12:25 PM EST
    Whoops! Forgot the link: http://www.teachingauthors.com/2013/12/one-good-thing-about-winter.html
    - JoAnn Early Macken
  37. December 6, 2013 1:50 PM EST
    Thanks for hosting Robyn! This week I wrote a poem called, Nobody Wants to Hold My Hand. Enjoy! Salud.
    - M. M. Socks
  38. December 6, 2013 1:51 PM EST
    forgot the link - http://mmsocks.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/nobody-wants-to-hold-my-hand/
    - M. M. Socks
  39. December 6, 2013 2:43 PM EST
    I have a link to an original poem this week, published in our school's online literary journal. It's called "Sounds from this House." http://thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com/2013/12/poetry-friday-sounds-from-this-house.html
    - Ruth
  40. December 6, 2013 3:49 PM EST
    You have brought a haikufest to us, Robyn. Thank you! I am about to share this post along with some friends. Thank you, too, for hosting. While a wee bit late to the party, at The Poem Farm, I have a poem about playing school with dolls...http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2013/12/doll-school-writing-about-play.html xo, a.
    - Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  41. December 6, 2013 3:51 PM EST
    Robyn,
    Today,I have a simple little acrostic for Kwanzaa at www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com I posted a couple of haiku this week too, if folks want to go back earlier in the week to read those.
    Thanks for the terrific haiku post. I really enjoy reading all the good poems and thank you for hosting the great round up today. What a feast!
    - Joy Acey
  42. December 6, 2013 8:13 PM EST
    Oooopsie! I got confused. The PF link in our kidlitosphere yahoo group indicated Tabatha to be the host this week. I should have double checked and looked at the website. So sorry about this, lovely Robyn. I've amended my post to indicate you to be our beautiful host this week. Thank you also for introducing me to David. Love the haiku offering here. :)
    - Myra @ GatheringBooks
  43. December 6, 2013 10:47 PM EST
    Hello, Lovely Myra! No worries at all, as the wonderful Tabatha simply forwarded along your link to me this morning, so all is good! :0) Thanks for checking in, though. Loved your featured poem today, and glad you enjoyed the haiku here.
    - Robyn Black
  44. December 7, 2013 1:22 AM EST
    Thank you for continuing to educate and nurture us with haiku, Robyn--wonderful!
    - April Halprin Wayland
  45. December 7, 2013 7:18 AM EST
    I learned so much here Robyn!
    Thank you for all the lucious links, especially from the poet in Haiti.
    And great news about South Carolina. Now we share state trees (if memory serves me correctly.)
    Merrie Merrie December to you.
    - Jan Godown Annino
  46. December 7, 2013 7:44 AM EST
    I absolutely LOVE the chin-deep frog and the old priest's wine. The first gave me a quick shock of surprise the second soaked in. To me a good haiku is like magic.
    - Liz
  47. December 7, 2013 3:48 PM EST
    April, Jan and Liz - thanks so much for coming by and for your kind words! Glad you've enjoyed our haiku adventuring :0)
    - Robyn Black

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