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Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Fog

From the fog / white-ribboned in and out push / of the waves. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Winter Sun

Tree shadows / in winter sun. Golden world / striated. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time, is full…

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Creating Happy Holidays Part One: A New Poem

Over the coming days, until Dec 24th, I’ll be running a series, “Happy Holidays”. It’s the greeting we’ll all be giving each other for the next few weeks, without giving it much thought. Like that “Have A Nice Day” that has spread across the world from the US.. A nice day or a happy holiday is not something to be had but something we create. Or not. Yes, life can always come in and blindside us but for most of us, what will come between us and a happy holiday is not an emergency or calamity, but our old, stale,…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Stones

Hollowed out / By the turn of wave and wind / A stone eye. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Fuschia

Outstaying / summer, fuschia still flush in / November. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time, is full of…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Hyde Park

In Hyde Park / a cup of sky, pooled and held / in water. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment…

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Haiku of the Week Features: November Trees

November / trees let brown and orange leaves / fall like tears Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time, is…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Moonlight

Beach bonfire / Flaming the water, turning / moonlight red. Most days I share my #creativemoments on Instagram. I’d love to know about yours.  Share a picture of something you’ve made, an experience you’ve enjoyed, or a moment of creative presence. To ensure I see your posts, hashtag #creativemoments or #gocreative and tag me: @ornaross

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Haiku of the Week Features: Sunrise

Sun rising / over St Leonards, peeling / back the cloud. Most days I share my #creativemoments on Instagram. I’d love to know about yours.  Share a picture of something you’ve made, an experience you’ve enjoyed, or a moment of creative presence. To ensure I see your posts, hashtag #creativemoments or #gocreative and tag me: @ornaross

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A New Poem: Coming To

On my back. In the dark. Given up to night. I lie, a fool aground. A suckling. Yearning, turning in want and will, smothering in the urges of the underneath. Up there the spangled stars. The moon one quarter lit and on the wane. Hiding its hollows in its divide. And the black beyond. That dark that shades the darkness. The lacuna. Night pulls me in * Night holds me still. Night holds my wants against my will, until I am upended, and released to rise again. * Oh stars, shining in from forever ago, unfathomable in your million millions (Why…

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