Found Haiku: Haiku-A-Day Challenge #5


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I’m joining Trina Haase at Trinarrative in a daily haiku challenge for December.

For my found haiku, I decided to mine one entry in a field journal I recently started to capture notes when I hike. One found haiku led to another haiku, and somehow I ended up with a little sequence, all using words found in my field journal for a late October hike in Wind Cave National Park.

Double half rainbow
Over expansive vista
Soon fades to nothing


Bleached October sage
Still smells faintly of summer
When crushed under foot

rising prairie

Crest hill only to
Arrive at another hill
Prairie never stops rising

Hoofprints of bison
Dried and hardened on the trail
Eagle soars above

A silence that speaks
In the distance a coyote
Wind rustles the grass






6 responses to “Found Haiku: Haiku-A-Day Challenge #5”

  1. Scott Day Avatar

    Thank you for sharing these. My favorite is the haiku that begins “Bleached October sage…”. Haiku is one of my favorite forms. I actually checked out three haiku books from the library. My favorite was Haiku: The Poetry of Nature, edited by David Cobb. Unfortunately, my arrogance got the better of me and I tried to write some. Difficult to distill an experience. I’m way too wordy.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Oh, I think they’re impossible to write well for me too, but I’m enjoying the exercise of trying. Getting my wordiness under control is a big part of the challenge. It was also an interesting exercise to try to find a haiku in one journal entry and only use words that were in that entry, especially as when I’m journaling, I usually don’t worry too much about the words I’m using. I’ll get a copy of Haiku: The Poetry of Nature. I’m reading David Lanoue’s Write Like Issa, a haiku guide, right now and finding it inspirational.

      1. Scott Day Avatar

        Will check out Write Like Issa. Thank you.

  2. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

    These are beautiful (images Andrea words)! What a great idea!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I wish I’d taken pictures of the hoofprints! I did find a photo of buffalo poop…. but I decided to leave that out, LOL.

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