Ah, February . . . the shortest month but not the cruelest. This year, once again, I’m joining other haiku enthusiasts in the online challenge to create 28 (hopefully halfway decent) haiku from prompts provided by National Haiku Writing Month founder Michael Dylan Welch. And, once again, I’ll be trying my hand (with the help of online translators and my pocket Cassell’s) at translating my daily haiku into French for the NaHaiWriMo en français Facebook site led by the inimitable bilingual poet and artist Jessica Tremblay. (This year there’s even a new site for Bulgarian poets to share in the month-l0ng haiku frenzy.)
As many already know, the NaHaiWriMo site went viral a few years ago when participants decided they wanted to keep the daily prompts going year-round. But the site really soars in February when slackers (like me) return to the fold that has become a tight-knit group of writers willing to whet their haiku skills on the prompts MDW provides his fold. All month long, the prompts will, appropriately, center on words that start with the alphabet’s second letter “B”. Today’s word: “Banjo.” And here’s my first (of 28) responses:
bound for glory . . . lié pour la gloire . . .
one last time he strums the strings une dernière fois, il gratte les cordes
of his old banjo de son vieux banjo
for “Pete” pour “Pete”