Thursday, January 14, 2010

A little haiku for friends


Today's post is simple but from the heart. I promised Shannon Messenger some poetry in honor of Lisa Schroeder's release of CHASING BROOKLYN.


In the spirit of fun, I was going to post some zombie haiku, but with the suffering in Haiti right now, I'm in no mood for zombies. So instead, I've dusted off two other haiku and found some photos in my vault that at least catch the spirit of the sea and the solace I find there.


pewter sky and sea



cut by the steel-edge



dive of a pelican







translucent waves break,



churn past black mussel hedges



of a limpet town



(I know, I know. This is a sea anemone that I shot in San Clemente and not the tide pool I found in Ireland that inspired those words. But you forgive me, right?)

Shannon has a great interview with Lisa, tons of fun and a contest going on at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe, so go check it out. And be sure to visit Lisa Schroeder for her current guest author musing on dreams. Lisa's books, by the way, have nothing to do with zombies. They are lyrical tales of loss and love and renewal. Please forgive me if I'm the one rambling today.
(Blogger is really messing up the line breaks. I don't know if I can fix it)

32 comments:

Donna said...

Lovely sea haiku. Doesn't matter which sea or anemone.

Sara McClung ♥ said...

I am so jealous of people who write haiku well! I love writing them, but they never turn out all that great...

Your photographs are beautiful and I love how they fit perfectly with your well-written poems!

Shannon Messenger said...

These are beautiful Tricia--really. To say so much with so few words... (well, you read my blog, you know how impossible that is for my rambling self.) And paired with the photos--tres magnifique. Thank you so much for participating, especially in such a beautiful way after so much tragedy happening in Haiti.

(And maybe when we're in happier times i can convince you to post those Zombie Haikus. You've piqued my curiosity)

Natalie said...

Beautiful Tricia. You let me see so much in so few words.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Donna: Yay, it's universal sea poetry! Thanks. ;)

Sara: I'm so happy you like the photos with the poems. I try to at least match up the spirit of both.

Shannon: You are most welcome. I will drag the zombie haiku out again. They're funny, if nothing else.

Natalie: Thank you so much!

Valerie said...

These are beautiful! I love haiku. There's just something so beautiful of the simplicity when it's done well. Thanks for sharing! You totally made me miss LA.

Char said...

i love haiku

beautiful ones

Elana Johnson said...

Beautiful haiku. I think it's the only form of poetry I actually enjoy. Maybe because I get it? LOL! Either way, well done!

V. S said...

Sincerely beautiful. Your haiku's made me see clear images. You're so good!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Valerie: Haiku does focus on the essence. Thank you for liking mine.

Char: Thank you so much.

Elana: Ha! I understand, and thanks. I like it because it centers on nature, pretty much my favorite thing.

Vicky: That's a wonderful compliment. Imagery is what it is about. Thank you.

Yat-Yee said...

Tricia: these are so wonderful, as usual. The "cut by steeled-edged dive of a pelican" really grabbed me.

Liza said...

"Black mussel hedges" Perfect. I'm thinking a few Haiku exercises could be a wonderful lesson in pairing things down to the optimum few words...

Lisa Schroeder said...

You are really good at Haiku! WOW! And thanks for the shout-out! :) xo

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Yat-Yee: Thanks! I love watching pelicans dive--such precision.

Liza: Writing haiku is a good way to get to the essence. It is a snapshot of nature.

Lisa: Woo-hoo! I'm so glad you like them, and you deserve many shout-outs. I can't wait to get my hands on Chasing Brooklyn!

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

These pieces are really quite beautiful. I haven't written haiku since college... ahh, I think I am going to play around with some syllables today.

You've inspired me.

Catherine Denton said...

Gorgeous. It seems effortless. My favorite line was "pewter sky and sea cut by the steel-edge dive of a pelican".
Winged Writer

storyqueen said...

Don't worry about the line breaks.


Favorite line?

"of a limpet town."

Must be my mood, but I just love that line!

Shelley

Wendy said...

I love reading Haiku but darned if I can write them. They're lovely Tricia :)

Robyn Campbell said...

*shakes fist at blogger* Grrrr

Most beautiful Haiku. You know I love your Haiku. And you've inspired me to try my hand at writing some while sittin' high upon one of my horsies.

I love the pics too. I know when I visit with you, I'll always leave in awe. Thank you my friend. :-)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Amber: It is very cool to be inspiring! Thanks. I hope you have fun.

Catherine: I'm rather fond of that line, too. Thank you so much.

Shelley: Ha! Perhaps only you will love the limpet town. In my first version written in Ireland, which was more free verse than haiku, the limpets had dusty pink lawns. It was a very pretty tide pool.

Wendy: Thanks. I think it's my love affair with nature that makes me find haiku all around me.

Aww, Robyn, thanks! I hope to see your horseback haiku any day now.

Jemi Fraser said...

Lovely - just lovely :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Jemi: Thank you!

Bish Denham said...

I so enjoy your haiku and pictures. So often there is something watery about your writing which I relate.

Linda Kage said...

For those lovely words, I'll forgive you anything...not that you needed it anyway.

Thanks for sharing. No one writes a haiku like Tricia J. O'Brien.

Sliding on the Edge said...

I guess anemone wouldn't have gotten the syllables right, so we'll let it go this time. :)

I love haiku and I loved yours.

p.s. I've worked on the html tab when these breaks happen, but sometimes I just let blogger do what it wants.

Julie Dao said...

I really like haiku and loved yours! Beautiful imagery.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Bish: I guess I do love water in many forms. But nature is my muse and finds its way into much of what I write.

Linda: Ha! and thank you so much!

Lee: anemone is a mouthful, but I recall now that I wrote a haiku years ago with an anemone wind chime. Must go find it.

Julie: Thanks so much. :)

Lisa and Laura said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing them both.

Terresa said...

Love the word "pewter" -- it is perfect for poetry, perfect for Haiku.

PS: I love San Clemente. Lovely little sea side town. Mmmm.

Daisy Whitney said...

These are beautiful!

Jason Lethcoe said...

Finally, a Haiku about tide pools! Love it!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

LiLa: Thanks ladies!

Terresa: Pewter is indeed a fine word and San Clemente is mighty fine, too. :)

Daisy: Thanks for stopping by and for the nice words!

Jason: Yay, a tide pool fan. Thanks!