Greetings, Poetry Fans!
I’m serving up our Student Haiku Poet of the Month on the early side, as we welcome the month that comes in like a lion. (Next Friday I’ll be at our SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle in Atlanta – and away from a real computer.)
Please join me in welcoming Cole McCord, a seventh grade student “with a passion for poetry.” Cole lives with his parents and sister Layney and attends The Paideia School in Atlanta.
Cole explains that when he was first introduced to haiku, he was “misled into thinking that haiku has to be written in five, seven, five. “ He credits language arts teacher Tom Painting for guiding him in his current haiku journey, and “derives haiku from every aspect of the world” around him.
“To me, Haiku is a way of life,” Cole says. ”Every moment you withhold haiku, a piece of you goes missing. Even if no one ever sees it, Haiku needs to be released. Haiku reveals who you are; it reveals your view on life and the world around you. Haiku is the one form of writing that is pure and must not be forced. According to haiku poet David Lanoue "Haiku is life; life is haiku.”
(You can read my post featuring Haiku Society of America President David G. Lanoue here .)
Here are some of Cole’s wonderful haiku:
in my sister’s room
retrieving something stolen
in the meadow
on easel and canvas
on the bus
blather bullies my ears
of expired milk
a diamond ring
in the riverbed
Poems ©Cole McCord. All rights reserved.
Many thanks to our guest poet today. Cole, you’re one to watch! (That "blather bullies my ears" line is something else.)
For more posts in this series featuring talented students, please click here.
And for the Poetry Friday Roundup, please visit Robyn Campbell this week. [Thanks, Robyn. Look – we spell our name the same way!! :0) ].