heat lightning the way your hand rests on mine
I wrote this one-line (monostich) poem back in August for NaHaiWriMo’s Facebook page in response to Pris Campbell’s prompt for haiku that dealt with “heat”–
Wait . . . , you say you don’t know what NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month) is? It’s a community of poets who participate in the online practice of writing daily haiku thanks to haiku poet extraordinaire Michael Dylan Welch, who came up with the idea of hosting a Facebook page for just such an effort as an alternative to National Novel Writing Month (which, by the way, if you don’t know is quickly coming to its annual close as wordsmiths who’ve taken the pledge to dedicate their efforts to cranking out the draft of a novel in November scramble to cross the 50,000-word finish line).
Back to NaHaiWriMo . . . MDW as he’s known in haiku circles–in order to economize on both syllables and words–launched his much-condensed version of NaNovWriMo back in February 2011. The thing was it became such a success none of the participants wanted it to stop after one short (the shortest) month. As a result, NaHaiWriMo is now a month-in/month-out phenomena that continues to attract and inspire haiku enthusiasts throughout the world.
And back to the August prompt: “heat.” When I wrote my response to Pris’ prompt, I did not realize that MDW planned to produce an anthology based on selected haiku resulting from the daily prompts suggested by 31 different prompters. But that is what, much to my surprise and delight, happened. The resulting PDF anthology, With Cherries on Top, appeared on my virtual doorstep the same day that my”heat” monostich showed up in this month’s edition of tinywords. Talk about synchronicity!
I’m pleased to have two other haiku selected for MDW’s anthology, which, by the way, he has very generously put together in a stunning downloadable file that you, too, can access free of charge with a click of a button. I encourage you to do so . . . . It’s absolutely chock-full of delicious selections of haiku written by an amazing community of haiku poets that I have come to know and (virtually, at least) love.
Thank you, Michael, for all of your enthusiasm and hard work in making haiku accessible to so many. And, thank you, Peter Newton of tinywords, for featuring my haiku on such a lovely online journal!