Poem A Day Challenge: April 1-3


Here we go! The 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge (on Poetic Asides via Writer’s Digest) is in full swing. Just as I did for the November PAD Challenge, I’ll be writing haikus for each daily prompt. Only this time around, I’ll be focusing on modern haiku rather than the traditional 5-7-5 format.

Modern haiku has a much looser interpretation of the form in that it can vary in syllable count, typically ranging between 9 to 12 syllables. Moreover, line counts vary between 1 to 3 lines. While the form is wide open, the soul of modern haiku remains the same. It’s all about simple language that highlights observations inspired by nature.

April 1, 2015
Prompt: resistance

last patch of ice
clings to the shore
reflecting the sun

lines in the lake
fish won’t bite
wise to the bait

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April 2, 2015
Prompt: secret

snapdragons bloom
along a dirt road
that has no name

inside a cocoon
only the butterfly sees
his colorful wings

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April 3, 2015
Prompt: machine

lawn mower growls
drown out the sound
of chickadee chirps

loons arrive
calling on the lake
summer clockwork

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c.b.w. 2015