Friday, April 10, 2009

Open to writing

National Poetry Month continues. Haiku is a concise, powerful form of poetry to explore. Here is my rookie attempt at sharing some thoughts through haiku.


Restless in my day
fluttering wings trapped inside
Ideas with no voice

Stifling call to write
quiet the poetic spark
front role pushes through

Hope spring forth anew
words shout in mind's library
poem hits the page


I think I'm going to try and learn more about different forms of poetry this month. Usually, I favor free verse. It may be time for me to "expand my horizons". What is most frustrating to me is that my daily routine takes over and my inspiration expeditions are brief and sporadic. I know that I have the desire to write, but I don't know how to fit writing into my day. Scheduling writing time with four kids running around seems too forced and artificial.

Soon I will start walking daily. Those walks may be just what I need to jump start my creative engine. Moms are great multi-taskers so I guess that's what I'll have to do!

Have a great night :)

19 comments:

The Write Girl said...

Hey Septembermom,

Nice job with the haiku...I enjoyed doing a pantoum poem once. Maybe you'd like to try it.
There's also a sestina...that one is hard lol and long. There is so many to choose from.
Look forward to reading more of your poetry.

Beth Kephart said...

Walks are an imperative, I find.

And villanelles are fantastic. Perhaps work on one of those?

Kim said...

Hey your Haiku was pretty darned good! Don't forget that you blog everyday and that counts as writing. Writers write and that's what you do. But you are also a mom right now. Just think of the material your life now is giving you for later. I'll bet you could get several books out of the experiences with those three boys and that tiny princess! I love walking too but for now I will have to bike. (Boy am I out of shape)

Michelle said...

How fun! I have a feeling I'll be learning some fun things about poetry from you, as well. Enjoy those walks!

Wendy said...

very nice poem, walking sounds like a great idea to give yourself some time!

Debbie said...

Very nice haiku. Poetry is something I am not blessed with. Oh well. We can't have it all:)

T Rex Mom said...

Haiku style has always been my favorite. I enjoyed yours very much. Thank you for sharing.

Marty said...

All these are beautiful attempts to mine the golden vein of Haiku.

Beth Kephart said...

I dedicated my blog today to your question of last evening...

Mervat said...

'Ideas with no voice'

I love this line. Thank you!

Fiona said...

I like it!! Exercise is always an inspiration creator for me!

45 and Aspiring said...

I was lucky to be introduced to the writer Tillie Olsen because she came to speak at my college. She was a mother and talked about how she wrote on little sheets of paper all the time while she worked--on the bus, ironing, etc. In fact, one of her most popular stories starts, "I stand here ironing . . ."

Put a pad in your pocket to capture those words that shout in your mind's library (what a delicious line, second only to fluttering wings trapped inside). . . you can do it.

kel said...

very nice!! I need to get walking. I really do enjoy it once I get going! Hope you enjoy yours!

lisaschaos said...

It left me with a good feeling. I just kept giggling over "Poem hit the page" I don't know why. Maybe I'm weird.

Becca said...

I enjoyed your haiku, especially the first one. I can certainly relate to those feelings :)

I love my daily walks - they keep me sane, and I always get some creative ideas.

I "met" you via Beth Kephart's blog!

Just Me said...

I happened on this poem and it moved me as its exactly how I feel in the Spring. Just bursting with so much possibility. Thank you for sharing it. I also appreciated your comments about finding the time to write. I have started a little game with myself. When I am sitting and waiting I write stories in my head, jotting them down on napkins, scrap paper. I make up stories with my nephews, and we write story books together. It may not be formal, but it is writing! Please keep sharing.

H.K. said...

Your Haiku is awesome! I think it's great that you're expanding different forms of poetry. It is hard to juggle writing with 4 kids. I only have one so I don't what to tell you, but I'm sure you'll find a way!

Heather said...

Great job! I've never been much at writing poetry, but have always been envious of those who could!

Jenners said...

Do you visit J. Cosmo Newbery's Blog -- Notes on a Serviette? He sometimes has examples and links to different forms of poetry...and his stuff is excellent!

And good job on the poem! But I think it is good to experiment with different forms. Sometimes having a structure can create new ways of thinking for you.