Orna Ross
Orna Ross Header Image
Header pattern
Header pattern

Tag

Poetry

stone
Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

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…

Continue reading
Related posts
Creativist Me, Creativist World. This Week: What We Leave Behind
December 4, 2016
This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: Collaboration for Creative (And Creativist) Success
November 26, 2016
Making a Living (and a Life) from Writing
November 19, 2016
fuschia
Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

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…

Continue reading
Related posts
Creativist Me, Creativist World. This Week: What We Leave Behind
December 4, 2016
This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: Collaboration for Creative (And Creativist) Success
November 26, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Stones
November 24, 2016
hyde-park
Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

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…

Continue reading
Related posts
Creativist Me, Creativist World. This Week: What We Leave Behind
December 4, 2016
This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: Collaboration for Creative (And Creativist) Success
November 26, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Stones
November 24, 2016
autumn-1072827_640
Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

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…

Continue reading
Related posts
Haiku of the Week Features: Stones
November 24, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Fuschia
November 17, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Hyde Park
November 10, 2016
or-haiku
Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

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

Continue reading
Related posts
Creativist Me, Creativist World. This Week: What We Leave Behind
December 4, 2016
This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: Collaboration for Creative (And Creativist) Success
November 26, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Stones
November 24, 2016
sunrise over st leonards
Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

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

Continue reading
Related posts
Creativist Me, Creativist World. This Week: What We Leave Behind
December 4, 2016
This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: Collaboration for Creative (And Creativist) Success
November 26, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Stones
November 24, 2016
stars-1245902_1280
Creative Writing: New Poetry

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…

Continue reading
Related posts
Haiku of the Week Features: Stones
November 24, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Fuschia
November 17, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Hyde Park
November 10, 2016
GoCreative-map-downloads
Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Website Upgrade Continues

The work is continuing in the background, building the Creativist Club for all those who are interested in learning more about how to apply the creative process to everything in life: money, friends, work, home. With the aid of the wonderful Pixbee Design, the Club will launch in September and the first fifty people to register will get free lifetime admission. I’ll be sending an email to subscribers as soon as it’s ready to rock,  so if you’d like to be part of it, sign up here to know when the starting gun has been fired. I also wanted to…

Continue reading
Related posts
Haiku of the Week Features: Stones
November 24, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Fuschia
November 17, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Hyde Park
November 10, 2016
heart-700141_640
Creative Writing: New Poetry

Love Hurts? No Way

Love hurts, they say. I say, no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Lust festers, envy bites. Loss skewers, rejection spikes. Passion burns, craving seethes. Romance dazzles, lonesome bleeds. Well yes, indeed. But none of the above is love. Love helps, love lights. Love warms, love rights. Love soothes, love feeds. Love calms, love heals. Oh yes, what will heal the sting of pain, and make your life feel good again, (again, again, and yet again), is love. Love hurts, they say. I say no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Poetry Pamphlets (Volume…

Continue reading
Related posts
Haiku of the Week Features: Stones
November 24, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Fuschia
November 17, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Hyde Park
November 10, 2016
WB-Yeats-Fanatic-Heart-Orna-Ross-blog
Creative Living: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

WB Yeats’s Fanatic Heart Was Not For Ireland But For Love

“It was all ‘father, oh father’,” Bob Geldof says, mimicking a pious female voice addressing a priest. Then in his own voice: “Fuck off, you’re not my father.” Geldof is railing against Irish groveling to the Roman Catholic  church in Fanatic Heart, a documentary about the life and work of Ireland’s great poet (and subject of my most recent novel): William Butler Yeats. Geldof argues that the poet and  literary statesman brought about revolutionary change in Ireland’s struggle for independence, without firing a bullet. Instead of guns, his modus operandi was a poetic national vision, betrayed by the Roman Catholic nation-state that emerged after Irish independence. So it was not…

Continue reading
Related posts
Haiku of the Week Features: Stones
November 24, 2016
Haiku of the Week Features: Fuschia
November 17, 2016
Your Monday Motivator: Don’t Think, Just Do!
November 14, 2016