You answered the raven’s call, haijin! Well done! Due to my upper respiratory infection, I did not post a new challenge last week. Some of you kept the raven haikai coming.
Congratulations to the last challenge’s participants!Haikai Challenge Participants
|1. Revived Writer
3. Dwight L. Roth
5. Toni Spencer
6. Reena Saxena
|7. Jane Dougherty
8. Merril D. Smith
9. Helene Vaillant
10. The Dark Netizen
12. Xenia Tran
|13. Janice (2)
14. Linda Lee Lyberg
15. Jules @ Strands
16. Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
This coming Monday, the United States celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yes, I posted this challenge for #haikai challenge #16, but it bears repeating. And as I said then:
His accomplishments speak for themselves. In his famouse “I have a dream” speech, Dr. King spoke of the unpaid “promisory note.” While American society has made progress since his time, much work remains. Dr. King’s birthday, therefore, is not only an important memorial to a great leader’s accomplishments. It is a time for reflection, and a call to action.
Equality was the cornerstone of Dr. King’s work. It remains the unfulfilled promise of our society. It will remain so until
plain-clothed security or uniformed police no longer follow Black teenagers in department stores or bodegas. It will remain so until Federal authorities no longer lock Latino children in cages. It will remain so for as long as a lack of a truly level playing field benefits white people over people of color. Dr. King’s legacy challenges all of us today to ensure that the “promisory note” be paid in full, at last.
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that states or references equality.
Here’s how the challenge works:
1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.
Good hunting, haijin! Live the dream; make the difference!