Ukiah: Reverse Haiku #WritingwithWoolf #NationalPoetryMonth #NaPoWriMo2020

For National Poetry Month, I’m writing poems inspired by words, ideas, and images in Virginia Woolf’s Diary.

Is the ukiah/reverse haiku really a thing? Do people write them on purpose? I don’t know, but I wrote one today, borrowing a line from the Diary:

we have been at Rodmell–a wet, windy day again; but on my birthday we walked among the downs, like the folded wings of grey birds; and saw first one fox, very long with his brush stretched; then a second; which had been barking, for the sun was hot over us; it leapt lightly over a fence & entered the furze–a very rare sight.

Day #24: Ukiah/Reverse Haiku

the folded wings of grey birds
their motion at rest
a necessary stillness

Photo by Jack Bulmer on





3 responses to “Ukiah: Reverse Haiku #WritingwithWoolf #NationalPoetryMonth #NaPoWriMo2020”

  1. margaretsmn Avatar

    Their motion at rest is necessary, as is ours. I’ve never seen this form before. I like it. I think it was Jane Yolen who invented the septercet which is 3 lines of 7 syllables. A similar form.

  2. Completely Full Bookshelf Avatar
    Completely Full Bookshelf

    I love this poem! I’ve discovered so many poem formats I’d never heard of before while reading this series of posts! Thanks for the poem!

  3. Amanda Potts Avatar

    I love that you invented your own form. I accidentally did this in my notebook a while ago & instead of owning it, I was mad at myself for “messing up.” So, in addition to the beauty of this poem (a necessary stillness – makes me think a little bit of Dickinson – and I find that it resonates right now), you have offered me a reminder to be playful and kind to myself. Thank you.

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