Birthday bash . . .

birthday bash . . .
a flurry of footsteps stirs
the summer moon

In recognition of my 50th post here, and because July is my birthday month (which is, astrologically speaking, ruled by the moon), and because I like to celebrate my birthday all month long, and, oh yes, because 42 years ago, a few folks did celebrate my actual birthday by walking on the moon, I’ve decided to give away a year’s subscription to Moonbathing–Pamela A. Babusci’s journal of women’s tanka–to one lucky U.S./Canadian reader (or, half a subscription if you live outside of North America).  Really. 

If you haven’t already discovered Moonbathing, you should.   (Not that you asked for my opinion, but since it’s my birthday–well, almost–I feel entitled to give you an obviously unbiased one.)  Pamela, a wonderful poet herself,  generously provides a forum for women’s tanka through her biannual journal which comes out in January and June. 

All you have to do to enter is post a comment (or a ku or a tanka) here between now and my birthday, July 20.  After I’m through celebrating, I’ll compile a list and have my husband draw the lucky winner’s name out of my birthday hat.  (Old-fashioned, I know, but I like to keep things uncomplicated whenever possible.)  And a few months later (perhaps sooner, if you prefer), after you’ve totally forgotten about winning anything and you’re reeling from holiday overload, a copy of Moonbathing will, somehow, magically appear in your mailbox.  So?  What are you waiting for?  Let’s party!


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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31 Responses to Birthday bash . . .

  1. Wow, that’s so cool! Great idea, Margaret 🙂
    Since you wrote about Moonbathing in an earlier post, I connected up with Pamela via Facebook and we’ve been having a lovely email conversation. What a genuinely caring and supportive woman. I will definitely submit to Moonbathing next time round.

    winter birthday –
    curly hair keeps
    my ears warm

    (Last year I was bald courtesy of chemotherapy – great to have it back at a decent length this winter!)

    • Thanks, Kirsten. Consider yourself “entered”! I signed up for your book giveaway as well. I’m glad you made the connection with Pamela. Also glad you left a birthday ku! And that your hair is doing its job to keep your ears warm! I also hope you’ll print some (or all) of your Presence tanka on your site so I can read it! Best, Margaret

  2. Cool, thanks! Re my tanka: I’m thinking of having a tanka month in August or September and putting up my published tanka for a month. But either way will post my Presence tanka at some point on Swimming in Lines of Haiku after the July small stone month. Happy summer days to you! 🙂

  3. Cara Holman says:

    Cool, Margaret! I’ve been thinking of checking out Moonbathing for a while now, so I’d love to be entered in the drawing. I’ve only tried my hand at one tanka to date– haibun is my latest amusement. And I also share a birthday month with you and Kirsten– my bday is July 23. 🙂

    July birthday
    we fire up
    the BBQ grill

  4. jsully43 says:

    At the risk of losing my cherished tee time and of receiving sideway glances from my golf buddies, I will enter the contest for Moonbathing. But to keep my balance and image, I needed to compose a slightly more “dark” haiku. Here goes:

    candles burn
    birthday bashes making new ruins

    And on another interesting note, I will join the others on this blog with the prospects of being published in the September issue of the Notes from the Gean. That should be exciting for all of us.


  5. bwahahahaha – what a cool birthday celebration event, Margaret. and way cool on your haiga submissions being published.

    see. i knew i was missing out by not getting around to the blogs these days. blah.

    that was a terrific ku you left in your comment earlier on my blog btw.

    so… let’s see… a birthday ku… (because i’ll go with your thought that guys do MoonBathing too…)

    birthday candle wish
    have fun blowing them out
    or go kiss a balloon

    wow. 17 syllables. yikes. altho it doesnt feel very ku-ish quite. hmmmm…

    birthday candle wish
    every day of the year
    the fun of balloons

    hmmm… better. still 17 syllables tho. sheesh. heck. just have fun. aloha.

    • Thanks, Wrick! I like the second one best, too, although . . . I could go kiss a balloon! Anyway, thanks, as always, for stopping by. Glad you liked my ku. Can’t wait for you to see my haiga!

  6. sanjuktaa says:

    Hi Margaret, glad to have discovered your blog::-)
    Please don’t enter me for the contest as i’m not a US/Canada resident…but i’m going to be a regular visitor here from now on! Have a great birthday…!

  7. A~Lotus says:

    Yay for birthdays! Happy early birthday to everyone who shares July as his/her birthday month (not me unfortunately). 🙂

    Here’s a haiku from me:

    at the edge of iced flowers
    monarch butterfly

    • Kathy, thanks for the birthday wishes and haiku–I love it!

      Of course I don’t mind that you included me on your blogroll. I’ll return the favor . . . just let me know which one–the river of stones blog or your other blog–you’d like me to include? I read some of your tanka on your site . . . beautiful . . . I know you have some tanka in the summer issue of Atlas Poetica alongside mine, and I can’t wait to be able to read more of your work. I’ve just been writing tanka since last December, but I love it!

      Thank you for stopping by here . . . I’ve entered your name in the hat!
      Best, Margaret

  8. A~Lotus says:

    P.S. I hope you don’t mind but I’m adding you to my Blogroll as I love all forms of Japanese poetry. 🙂 And yes, pick me, pick me (for the drawing)! 😉

  9. Mark E. says:

    Happy soon-to-be-birthday Margaret…really enjoy your haiku on NaHaiWriMo…


    Mark E.

    • Thanks, Mark, for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words. I feel like I have such a long way to go with my haiku . . . , but I’m glad to be traveling the path with poets like you. Consider yourself “entered”!

  10. alee9 says:

    I’ll bend the constellations to spangle your skies on yur birthday!!! If I could that is, but I can with words, right? Happy birthday, mi hermana de alma! It’s great knowing you, being proud of you.

    And for my tanka (attempt), here is an old post at jornales (April 16), one of my favorites that I hope you’ll like:

    deep in a pool
    a school of wriggling tadpoles
    inveigles my thoughts
    of a summer evening
    to fall in love with a frog

    It’s strange how thoughts take on an unintended form or lines that simply write themselves out as if they ooze out of fingertips like this reflection. The image emerged from a ginko walk at the Chinese Buddhist Temple in Richmond that we, of the Vancouver Haiku Group, had in March. The ‘pool’ is the bonsai pool but no tadpoles; in stead a school of gold fish darted through moss covered stones–so why the frog? I had thought of Basho and the frog, then, out of nowhere, or perhaps with the stillness water always brings on in me, as in that morning while gazing at the depth on the pool, invited the frog to my lines…how strange and unexpected thought processes can be sometimes.

    • Mil gracias, mi hermana! What a wonderul thought–to bend the constellations . . . and such a fun tanka! . . . One of my greatest birthday gifts is getting to know you and your work . . . By the way, you’re “entered.”

  11. Sara says:

    sisters share
    garden delights
    bookworms and luna moths

    amd so much more! Happy birthday, lovely Sister!


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