Haiku Monday ~ (A Twist of) Fate December 9, 2013Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Humor, Poetry, Word Play.
Tags: Fate, Fun & Games, Haiku, Humor, Poetry, Word Play
Thanks to a mad twist of Hamlet’s Shakespearean soliloquy, Col selected me to host Haiku Monday for this coming week.
You can read submissions from the TEN finalists at Haiku Monday ~ Some Short Haikus to Madness.
Since I’m new to Haiku Monday, I fished through past posts to find “The Rules.”
After trolling around a few minutes, I found Fishy2Me’s summary:
Judging is always subjective but in our homage to the still missing Troll, we try to uphold his teachings by requiring these basics:
kireji the cutting word which connects two thoughts and,
kigo, a seasonal reference.
We award points for all of the above and bonus points for clever interpretation of the theme.
Visuals are optional but… well we really enjoy a great relationship between the ‘ku and the view.
OK . . . deep breath!
I dove again and came up with these rules posted by Doom:
The rules are simple. Three line poems, with 5-7-5 as the syllable count. Using question marks or “~”, “-”, or specific ‘turn’ words for emphasis or to set a change in notions is a fine option but not required. Using a seasonal word to either frame the poem to a date, or indicate the current solar placement, is a fine finial as well.
I know I can judge entries for following the standard 5-7-5 format because I can count to seven without relying on my toes:
Why write a Haiku
if you can’t count to seven?
There’s always free verse
Since the terms “kireji” and “kigo” are not part of my every day poetic lingo, the judging may be a bit skewed this week ~> strictly “by the numbers” rather than “by the book.”
Haiku or Senryū?
Nature or human humor?
I’ll let you decide
But don’t let the harbinger of my skewed judgment stop you from entering.
Much of life is Random Luck. A Crap Shoot. A Roll of the Dice. Serendipity. Synchronicity. A Twist of Fate.
So there we have it . . . the theme this week is:
(A Twist of) Fate
Submit a Haiku (or two) in the comments below (or provide a link to your blog) by Monday, December 16th, at Midnight, Pacific Standard Time.
I will then painstakingly select the winner in an arbitrary, random, and capricious manner . . . just because I can.
If my subjective “by the numbers” approach fails me, I’ll roll the dice!
Aah . . . that’s better!
Related posts: Haiku Monday ~ Quiet (Grumpy Granny) * The Verdict is In (Becca) * Haiku Monday ~ The Getaway Winner (Karl) * Haiku Monday ~ Your Way (Karl) * Haiku Monday ~ Madness (Colonialist) * Haiku Monday ~ Lightning (Where Whispers Linger) * Haiku Monday Winner ~ Shallows (Fishy2Me)