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Sunday Scribblings #104: Happy World Haiku Day

Since April 17th is International Haiku Poetry Day, that is what I am celebrating for Poetic Sunday today – the haiku. You can celebrate it so many ways – by participating in the Rolling Haiku Collaboration (thus contributing to ‘the world’s largest annual collaborative poem!’), or by simply writing a haiku or two, or a variant of the haiku for yourself or to share with others.

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Notepad and a pen over it with a cup of coffee next to it. words read Sunday Scribblings, and this is for Sunday Scribblings #102: It is Time to Rhyme Indeed

Poetic Sundays: Haiku

As I was going through The Haiku Foundation site, I decided to look at it’s What is Haiku? page, and I am so glad I did. Going beyond the 5-7-5 plus nature-reference definition, the post offers a beautiful look at the haiku.

Since I am still on my journey to even being a newbie, I know I will be spending more time at the site, exploring all it has to offer. Be sure to check it out for yourself, and as I mentioned earlier, you can write a haiku in response to this year’s theme of rebirth and be a part of the world’s largest collaborative poem!

Haiku and Human’s Best Friend

This week, I am once again using NaPoWriMo’s prompt for the day. Day seventeen’s prompt: developed by the comic artist Lynda Barry, it asks you to think about dogs you have known, seen, or heard about, and then use them as a springboard into wherever they take you.

Below is the image from the tweet linked in the prompt above.

So while I did not really list even ten dogs, I wrote about the first two dogs that came to my mind. Also, I did not use a 15-minute timer but read a few other haiku instead to inspire me.

As for the two dogs, one of them was – unsurprisingly – a dog we met recently and most likely is going to be the one responsible for making me a dog-person! We met him at the Airbnb we stayed in a couple of months ago for a short weekend trip; he truly wrapped himself around my heart in the few hours we spent indoors, and still stays there.

His head on my lap
Melting the winter within
In freezing weather

The second dog I recalled surprised me; so that exercise did have its intended effect. He was most likely the first pet dog I interacted with in my life. His name was Loshe, and he was the beloved dog of our neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Bird, who were the most lovely people! And this exercise thus reminded me of them, and a few others as well. Anytime I stopped by their home for a visit, which was almost every (other) day, I would see him lying down next to Bird aunty while I chatted away with her most likely while feasting on cookies that she made sure to keep ready for me!

Wise old eyes hidden within
Gray hair that covers
Summer and winter


At Home

While I missed mentioning this in my post last week in upcoming events, we celebrated our New Year (the Tamil New Year) on the 14th of April.

On My Blog

My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings. Each letter of the alphabet features a poetic form for the letter as well as one or more books (poetry related).


On My Blog & Homefront

It is spring break for my high-schooler so we will be basking in the sun (it is here along with a few scant April showers, which we so desperately need here in the Bay Area). As for the blog, the alphabetical journey continues.

This Week’s Celebrations

Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month? Will you also end up playing with prompts this week? Or do you have any favorite or fun prompts I can use?

Previous posts for these challenges (the A2Z, NaPoWriMo and UBC) are in links below.

Day 0  Day 1 – A  Day 2 – B  Day 3  Day 4 – C  Day 5 – D  Day 6 – E  Day 7 – F  Day 8 – G Day 9 – H Day 10 Day 11 – I Day 12 – J Day 13 – K Day 14 – L Day 15 – M Day 16 – N

Linking up to BlogChatterA2ZBlogging from A-to-Z April ChallengeNaPoWriMo, and the Ultimate Blog Challenge

Also linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

10 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #104: Happy World Haiku Day

  1. I love the way you have captured the essence of these two dogs in your haiku! The first one is so typical and reminds me of our old dog – the cats melt the winter within now, and the wise old eyes say it all in the second one.

  2. Thank you for sharing, it is always interesting reading Haiku , never tried one myself, but might give it a go and check out the Haiku Foundation. Also like the sound of the Chocolate covered Cashews Festival 🙂

  3. Another interesting poem style. I love that you post the daily celebrations and hope I can remember National Banana day on the 20th and National Picnic day on the 23rd!

  4. Vidya, first, Happy Tamil New Year for April 14th! Second, every time I read the word “haiku”, I get excited, so apparently I need to play around with that form of writing. I love your two dog haikus. Last, I again appreciate your introducing us to the Israeli haiku-cousin, the Kimo. Fascinating.

  5. Hi there Vidya!

    I love the idea of writing about the dogs. Love your lines… My female labby is really old and I know she can’t have that much time left. That makes me sad.

    I’ve never eaten or baked an upside down pineapple cake! Maybe it’s a good idea to bake one for national upside down pineapple cake.

    Have a good week Vidya!

    Elza Reads

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