Incarnations: a #Haikai Challenge collection (10/17-12/19: #161-#170) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

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A long overdue congratulations to the contributors of most recent #Haikai Challenge:

Haikai Challenge Participants
1. Eugenia
2. Li/Lisa Fox of W MI, USA
3. Roger
4. Peter
5. Janice
6. s.s.
7. Jules
8. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing
9. Xenia Tran
10. Myforever.blog
11. Pat R
12. Goutam Dutta
13. Jane Dougherty
14. Tina Stewart Brakebill
15. willowdot21
16. Colleen Chesebro
17. Revived Writer
18. Tessa Dean
19. Linda Lee Lyberg
20. Kerfe Roig

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As many of you know, it’s been a while. I’m working my way through one of the longest periods of writer’s block that I’ve ever experienced. I’ve walked across a desert, the mysterious amalgam of remote-learning “zoom fatigue,” effort helping my son complete his Eagle Scout service project, and I-don’t-know-what. As a result, I’ve not written consistently since mid-October.

This week, however, I hear the softest whispering. I feel the beginnings of the urge to write again. Most importantly, I miss offering you the challenge.

Therefore, today, I offer something novel. Unprecedented. Perhaps, over the top. You decide.

I offer a sequence of prompts for which you may write the #haikai poem of your choice. They are dated and numbered as they would have been had I written them on-schedule. As you have come to expect, they utilize kigo–traditional or otherwise–appropriate to their date. Without further prelude, the Haikai Challenge collection:

161October 17thscarecrow (kakashi)
162October 24thsea bass (suzuki)
163October 31stHalloween/Samhain/Blue Hunter’s Moon (nochi no tsuki)
164November 7thVeterans Day
165November 14thIndian Summer (Koharu)
166November 21stThanksgiving
167November 28thBeaver Moon
168December 5thwithering wind (kogarashi)
169December 12thHanukkah
170December 19thSolstice II/Christmas

There you have it: Ten weeks of #Haikai kigo in one post! Many speak for themselves. Others may appear more obscure. They are now yours.

Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that states, or alludes to, any of the Kigo cited above. Please reference which Kigo/Date to which you write your haikai.

As always:

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! Have a (belated) Happy Hanukkah and Solstice (winter or summer), and a very Merry Christmas and Yultetide to you all!

28 replies »

  1. May that gentle whisper of your muse continue to delight and encourage you.

    I’ve been working on a serial that includes prompts. I might incorporate all the kigo as if they were a Wordle/ Word list into a haibun, or write individual haiku for each.

    I’ll think about the prompts tomorrow… Stay safe and sane! ~ Jules

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  2. Welcome back Frank and I’m relieved you’re in good health. I’m on a week’s blogging break after today and will happily join the next challenge on my return. Wishing you, Myra and Frankie and all our fellow Haijin here blessed and happy Holidays 🤗💫

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