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Haiku Monday ~ (A Twist of) Fate December 9, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in 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.

Thanks, Col!

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:

5-7-5 format
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)


1. Rainee - December 9, 2013

Now that is different 🙂

nrhatch - December 9, 2013

I’ll do my best to pick “the best,” but Col had such a tough time choosing that I thought I’d leave myself a little wiggle room. :mrgreen:

2. Serendipity - December 9, 2013

Congrats Nancy. An interesting twist. Hosting is not so bad, it is the final decision that is tough. I really think most hosts have one haiku that just speaks to them, and that ends up the choice, regardless of the stated rules. Fishy tries to hold true to Troll’s rules and more traditional Haiku. Those of us “old guard” generally do also, even trying for natural subjects.

If you want to know more on kireji and kigo, this site might help. http://www.haikusociety.com/learn/kireji-and-kigo.

One thing on our traditional “schedule” is that since the majority of players have been in the US, as far west as the West Coast (like Rafa), and the submittal deadline is Monday, we have allowed entries until Midnight, Pacific Time Monday night. The judging is normally done by Wednesday or Thursday morning (so as not to kill the host), with the winner and new host putting up a theme usually sometime Friday, or at the latest Saturday to give folks a little time to put thoughts and visuals together..

Often the host makes a final cut based on the visuals if a tie-breaker is needed.

Since you are new to the game, I’ll try to get the word out to our “regular” players, with your address, so they know where to come play. You have given us plenty of time this week, and an interesting twist to work with.

With all that said, I’ll visit the other players I know adn let them know where you are. I’ll return after a bit of thought.



nrhatch - December 9, 2013

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I wasn’t sure how soon I was supposed to post a theme or how fast I would have to post a winner come Monday. I will change the deadline in the post to Midnight, Pacific and do the judging on Tuesday.

3. colonialist - December 9, 2013

You are off to a great start. It seems I was way out on the intended timing … but ’tis done, now!

nrhatch - December 9, 2013

Thanks, Col. I breathed a sigh of relief when Serendipity shared the slower paced timeline with me.

I almost selected “Serendipity” as the theme this week. How’s that for Synchronicity. 😉

4. Serendipity - December 9, 2013

A, Col, but you had the best of reasons! Sometimes our “rigid schedule” just gets in conflict with life, holidays, mishaps, etc., so we adjust.

nrhatch - December 9, 2013

Flexibility and willingness to adjust to the bumps in the road is a sign of good judgment.

I hope that “(A Twist of) Fate” isn’t too far afield for those of you who prefer natural subjects. I did wonder whether I had stretched the rules past the breaking point.

5. hoppelschaum - December 9, 2013

Great theme! And yeah we are flexible. What’s the fun in being rigid? I’ll be back when sometime this week…. as foam…

nrhatch - December 9, 2013

Thanks, foam! I look forward to seeing your twist on fate. 😀

Rafael - December 12, 2013

Awe, Foam, some of my funnest moments have been spent rigid…in both scope and depth:D I guess flexibility is best left to those of the fairer sex…yes? HaHa…sorry:(

Oh…and I have one off my top, Nancy:

Apple in Eve’s eye
Tempts His Beast, “Come burden me”
Human race is ON

I’ll think about another ‘ku, and perhaps a post with visual (assuming you need one, right?), but for a later date and time.

Ditto to everyone else on your fantabulous hostessing skills…most excellent, indeedy-DO:D

nrhatch - December 12, 2013

Bwahaha! Score “1” for rigidity!

And kudos on your ku ~ you’ve come up with a paradigm shift of fate . . . brought about by serpent’s forked tongue.

foam - December 12, 2013


6. Three Well Beings - December 9, 2013

I think a little capricious power could be fun! Enjoy! 🙂 And if haiku comes over me, I’ll be happy to share. 🙂

nrhatch - December 10, 2013

Please do, Debra. Here’s to unbridled capricious power! 😛

7. Doom - December 10, 2013

Tough theme. Still… Two you say. There you be. I hope others have better luck! I am up, for what it is worth.

True Story

he ran, lifted, svelte
he ate right, he lived well, tops
exercise killed him

‘Nother True Story :p

beautiful berries
destroyed by those awful birds
seeded in new places

nrhatch - December 10, 2013

Fantastic! Love the irony of the first and the shift of perspective in the second to a bird’s eye view (although the last line has 6 syllables by my count).

If you revise the last line down to 5 syllables, I’ll swap it out in your comment.

8. shreejacob - December 10, 2013

I’ll give it a try!

Sudden twists of fate
Life in beautiful motion
Embrace its magic.

Fate is not to fear
Leads us to our destiny
See its magic shine

Hope those were haikus! LOL.

nrhatch - December 10, 2013

Love them, Shree.

“In uncertainty lies all possibility.” Here’s to not needing to know what happens next.

shreejacob - December 10, 2013

Thank you! and yes…I agree..there is certainly untold possibilities and potential in the void of the unknown 🙂

nrhatch - December 10, 2013

Enjoy the magick!

9. colonialist - December 10, 2013

So let’s get with the haikus orready …

Unfaithful digit
Derisively extended;
Gets stuffed – turkey-time!

nrhatch - December 10, 2013

Haha! The “fickle finger of fate” ~> what a gobbler! :mrgreen:


colonialist - December 10, 2013

You duly decoded it!

nrhatch - December 10, 2013

I crossed my fickle fingers and used my decoding ring. 😛

10. Grannymar - December 10, 2013

Congratulations Nancy, and good look with selecting the winner on Tuesday. I am still in shock after my first effort at Col’s, so have decided to retire from Haikus!

nrhatch - December 10, 2013

Thanks, Grannymar. If the shock wears off by Monday, feel free to swing back by with a Haiku. Perhaps about the twist of fate that led you and your husband to be in the same place at the same time . . . against all odds.

11. Doom - December 10, 2013

It seems I did a poor count, but teacher says if I correct I won’t have to clean chalk board erasers. So…

beautiful berries
destroyed by those awful birds ~
seed in new places

nrhatch - December 10, 2013

Ta da! I hope everyone swings by the post on your blog to enjoy your visual depiction ~ a bird’s eye view of a bird’s eye view. :mrgreen:

12. Freeda Baker Nichols - December 11, 2013

Here’s mine:


when the sun rises
icicles leave drip by drip–
the longest farewell

(this haiku on my blog with visuals, if I understand the directions)

nrhatch - December 11, 2013

Thanks, Freeda. Icicles’ drip-by-drip demise, a fated farewell, remains outside their sphere of influence and control. 😎

Freeda Baker Nichols - December 11, 2013

Hi! I thought it would be fun to join the haiku fest. Thanks.

nrhatch - December 11, 2013

So glad you did! Col did a MUCH BETTER job of attracting entries than I seem to be doing.

Ah, well, with fewer submissions, judging will be easier, right? :mrgreen:

13. Doom - December 11, 2013

Just wait, Nancy. There are always a rush of late entrants, and this contest is longer than usual. I always go through the “are they going to show!” moments, while holding the contest. Most others do as well. Now, your theme is… on the tricky, technical, side of things. (Wonderful though, don’t get me wrong.) Still, that can slow people up a bit too. Besides, Col must have been wearing his best parfum. Well, and an endearing anniversary didn’t hurt when people stopped in and then looked around. What some guys will do for a big contest. Sheesh. :p

Oh, and that was one of the bigger contests in a while. So… don’t get all maudlin. Or, at least not on this, not yet anyway. Sweat it Sunday night if you must. You are doing a fine-dandy job.

nrhatch - December 11, 2013

Thanks, Doom! I thought the explanation might be that Col was wearing his best parfum (while wearing his Anniversary Tux). 😉

I’ll keep my fingers crossed that a few more intrepid haiku-sters wade into the pool between now and Monday night.

14. Serendipity - December 11, 2013

Hi Nancy,

Nice to have such an enthusiastic new host! You are doing great. This is way early in the week to worry about volume. They trickle for a while, Sunday gets busy, and there are a always a few just under the wire Monday evening.

I have not yet put invitations on regulars’ blogs, so maybe that will help them find you.

Meanwhile, you get to see how odd Serendipity can be.

Pursued by huntress.
Caught! Dead fawn pulled free; she lives…
Hunter’s paradox.

(A very short version of the story is on my blog.)

And a second, an explanation of the first:

Green eyed, red haired kid.
Artist, hunter, fix-it. Why?
Double helix twist.

nrhatch - December 11, 2013

Thanks, Serendipity. Both for your enthusiastic support and two stellar haiku. The last line in each are fantastic!

The double helix twist is the ultimate twist of fate from which all else flows. Just perfect.

15. foam - December 12, 2013

Fate .. Predetermined?
Perhaps… Yet, in our choices
We cobble our road..

Ditto serendipity and Doom on the participation. I’ve hosted a few times myself. You are doing a wonderful job hosting so far.
Should I post on the foaming with a visual I will let you know.

nrhatch - December 12, 2013

Thanks, Foam. I love the flow of your haiku ~ with its nod to predetermination and a high-five to free will.

16. calmgrove - December 12, 2013

Here’s my effort ,Nancy, composed before I saw your post:

leaves torn from trees, lost,
tossed, strewn across grass; nature’s
litter, next year’s tilth

Don’t know if it complies with rules but enjoy anyway!

Original, with photo, at http://wp.me/p36La9-fT
More of my haiku offerings here:

nrhatch - December 12, 2013

Thanks, CG! A perfect snapshot of the circle of life on Planet Earth, an ever renewing biosphere . . . except when we interfere.

17. foam - December 12, 2013

What the heck! Can you delete all those above .. Lol ..
It’s been a long week.

nrhatch - December 12, 2013

Done . . . they never even had a chance to see the light of day!

18. Karl - December 12, 2013

Good morning Nancy,

Congratulations on your win. You’ve chosen quite an interesting topic. This will be fun.

One to start:
Blowing winter wind
Force ones direction to change
Other path unknown

nrhatch - December 12, 2013

Thanks, Karl! A great reminder that we sometimes must change paths and step into the unknown by wind blown fury and other forces outside our control.

19. jannatwrites - December 12, 2013

Twist of fate…unique haiku topic. Good luck on the judging!

nrhatch - December 12, 2013

I’m delighted with the diverse submissions to my twisted topic!

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21. colonialist - December 12, 2013

I added a second one;

Martini season …
Twist of fate and lemon mate –
Create the reason!

Illustrated, the two are to be found here:

nrhatch - December 12, 2013

Aah . . . that twist of fate can land us flat on our face! :mrgreen:

22. Doom - December 13, 2013

I add more, as I go. I won’t bring them over, with the limit. But if you wish you may browse. I sort of went my own way with them, since they aren’t for the contest, mostly.

nrhatch - December 13, 2013

I’ll swing by and take a peek at how the prompt prods you. 😉

23. foam - December 13, 2013

I’m up with the ku at the foaming, btw.

nrhatch - December 13, 2013

Excellent. I’ll swing by in due course.

24. czar - December 15, 2013

Twisted? Planned but not
To understand. Ravelled, wrought

nrhatch - December 15, 2013

Synchronicity is a favorite fate of mine! Thanks, Czar

Doom - December 15, 2013

Gosh, that’s… nice… Czar. I like my blue-collar approach, but I do see the elegance of the adroit. I don’t like my poems, but my approach, for me. Not… trying to be boastful, I mean. Hmm, a little jealous. I don’t even think I have that sort of manifestation in me. I’m just, and perhaps only, brute force, sadly in some ways.

25. becca - December 15, 2013

Here are my entries I will have them up tomorrow with visuals if you would like to see

night birds a calling
wrapped tight in wings of darkness
light wins out again

heart heavy, regret
memories of laughter, food
scale screams loud, you lose

nrhatch - December 15, 2013

Thanks, Becca ~ I’ll definitely swing by tomorrow and take a peek at your post.

nrhatch - December 15, 2013

And good balance between light and darkness, winning and losing, fated gain and loss.

My scale screams at me sometimes too. 😉

26. Serendipity - December 15, 2013

Wow Czar. You have been awol for months and then suddenly you appear and WHACK! Outta’ the park. Welcome back. Where is Moi? If you are back, she should be here too.

Nice, Nancy. You are pulling them in now.

nrhatch - December 15, 2013

A good turn out . . . especially for this hectic time of year. 😀

27. Rafael - December 16, 2013

Bolsheviks be damned! Czar lives to ‘KU again…and with a bloody(:D) good’n, ta boot!

You certainly have your pleasure cut out for you, Nancy. Tis a great little collection of poems.

I do have a couple more for the pile… though more ticklish in nature, than anything of high standard.

One’s with Foamy in mind:

Choice is yours, alone
Chase your tail or follow fate
Both lead by the nose

The other…? Well, you’ll see:

Those crazy Russians
Playing roulette; click, click…BLAM!
Ev’ryone craps out

Good times:D and blessings!

nrhatch - December 16, 2013

Bwahaha! Talk about a Crap Shoot. That’s grand. 😯

Doom - December 16, 2013

Bah! You are so whiny sometimes. Your poems are ticklishly technical, and yet so alive. “I’m wounded, I’m wounded!”… Here is your band aid, now get back in there lad.

That last one, well, yeah. Been there done that, even got the t-shirt but lost it. One of my women stole it, and my dog tags. And they say WE are trophy hunters. Although *cough* Come to think of it, I haven’t surveyed my collection in a while. Where is it? *sniff, sniff* Ah, found.

No, no beer or other. But, come to think of it, probably should. Dry drunks are getting wicked and need a little softening with the real stuff. Uhrm, pardon my boorishness, Nancy… It’s a wild one tonight for some reason.

nrhatch - December 17, 2013

No worries, mate! Here’s to being ALIVE!

28. foam - December 17, 2013

Good sniffer always comes in handy, doesn’t it, Rafa?

Great entries here, Nancy. Now the hard part begins… picking the next host. You’ve done a stellar job hosting, btw.

nrhatch - December 17, 2013

Thanks, Foam. The hosting part is EZ, the judging part a bit stickier. Good thing I warned everyone that I’d be selecting the winner in an arbitrary, random, and capricious manner. :mrgreen:

I’ll announce the winner in tomorrow’s post.

29. Rafael - December 17, 2013

HaHa, Foam! Yes, lead or follow, an ass smells of ass and flies abound…HEY, I resemble that statement:D

Thanks Doom! (I think…) Whiny is what whiny does…wee wee wee, all the way home:D Oh, and I love how you write with the bull’s horn in hand…score another for rigidity:D I think that makes 2! …La de da de DA:D

Nancy, you’ve been a ripe joy. Thanks for being such a great hostess… you’re good sport, indeedy-DO!

nrhatch - December 17, 2013

Thanks, Rafael! It’s been interesting to meet all these Masters of ‘Ku.

Serendipity - December 17, 2013

It is a variegated bunch, isn’t it Nancy? The thing we have in common is words; some sort of love of words. In the ground-based world, we would never cross paths. I would love to know how each of us came to appreciate written words as we do. I’ll bet the stories would be as different as each player is from the next.

Great job hosting!

nrhatch - December 17, 2013

Thanks, Serendipity. I think you’ll find the answer to that in your Fate-full Haiku:

Double helix twist. 😉

30. Karl - December 17, 2013

Good evening Nancy,

Sorry not to make it back. I’m traveling this week, it tends to mess with the schedule. Serendipity makes a good point. We are a diverse group, yet we enjoy the banter of words. The play within and off of each other can be quite challenging. Hope you decide to become a regular player.

One to add for show:
When two vessels meet
It’s a bend or a bridge
Critically converge

Rafael is a flamboyant fellow. Don’t let him fluster. He’s a nice boy, a good boy. He just hangs out with trouble makers;)

@Czar: Nice to see you sir.

czar - December 18, 2013

Likewise, Karl. Hope your travels are safe and maybe even for pleasure.

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Thanks, Karl. Travel stretches our boundaries without stretching time ~> dueling schedules.

It’s been interesting meeting this eclectic bunch. I’m curious to see what theme Serendipity selects for the coming week . . .

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