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Haiku Monday ~ And The Winner Is . . . December 18, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Poetry, Word Play.

Haiku Monday received 18 FABULOUS Haiku in response to the prompt:

(A Twist of) Fate


* Becca shared two haiku about the balance between light and darkness, winning and losing, gain and loss:

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

* Calmgrove provided a perfect snapshot of the circle of life on Planet Earth, an ever-renewing biosphere . . . except when we interfere:

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

* Colonialist reminded us how fickle that fickle finger of fate can be:

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

And gave us a twist of fate that can land us flat on our face:

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

* Czar shared one about my favorite kind of fate ~ synchronicity:

Twisted? Planned but not
To understand. Ravelled, wrought

* Doom shared two true haiku ~ I enjoyed the irony of the first and the shift of perspective in the second (which he paired with a stellar “bird’s eye view” visual on his blog):

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

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

* Foam allowed her haiku to flow ~ with a nod to predetermination and a high-five to free will:

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

* Freeda Baker Nichols shared a fated farewell ~ icicles dangling, hanging in circumstances outside their sphere of influence and control:

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

* Karl spoke of the winds of change:

Blowing winter wind
Force ones direction to change
Other path unknown

* Rafael addressed a paradigm shift of fate, spurred by a serpent’s tongue:

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

And later returned with a couple more for the pile.  One 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

Talk about a Crap Shoot.

Serendipity shared a true haiku with a twist ~ for huntress and prey:

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

In a second haiku, Serendipity addressed the ultimate twist of fate from which all else flows ~> our genes:

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

Shree shared an optimistic Tiggerific view of the magic of the unknown:

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

The winner and host for the coming week is . . .


Kudos to you on your FAB ‘kus!

(And, no, I was not swayed in favor of Serendipity due to the synchronicity between her cyber name and the week’s theme ~ that was just a lovely little Twist of Fate.)

Thanks to ALL who played along this week!

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Jayde-Ashe - December 18, 2013

These were all absolutely gorgeous haikus. It is one of my favourite forms of poetry, and these are some perfect examples of it. I must say though, I was drawn immediately to the typewriter! It is beautiful! I have a Corona on my Christmas wish list but I don’t like my chances…

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Thanks, Jayde-Ashe. I am new to this Haiku crew and didn’t know what to expect when I tossed out the twisted theme ~ they stepped up to the keys and tackled Fate with aplomb.

I see your avatar advertises your Christmas Wish. Fingers crossed you get your Corona. That Underwood is not mine ~ it’s mascot to The Islander newspaper.

2. colonialist - December 18, 2013

You garnered a great collection, here!
That one of Serendipity is brilliant – congrats to her!
I learnt to type on one just like that – make and model!

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Loved Serendipity’s nod to Nature:

Nurture guys might not
agree with chosen ‘ku’s claim ~
Nature trumps Nurture

Typewriter are great ~ not a gigabyte in sight:

Underwood resides
at Islander paper ~ no
RAM, just hunt and peck

colonialist - December 18, 2013

That is the Nature of Serendipity’s art!

On the Underwood
Touch typing produced errors –
Tippex sorted those!

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

True. It’s nice not to have to run out for White Out and I do NOT miss using carbon paper for copies.

3. Don - December 18, 2013

So enjoyed them all, Nancy.

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Thanks, Don. Haiku Monday boasts an interesting mix of eclectic and electric writers.

4. SuziCate - December 18, 2013

Enjoyed them all, Nancy.

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Me too! Love the range and flow of these divergent poems. I’m delighted to pass the baton to Serendipity:

She had me at “Double helix twist.” 😀

5. Doom - December 18, 2013

And you were all worried no one would show! This was a complex theme. No pain, no gain… even if it could kill you. *smiles*

Congratulation Serendipity. Good luck with your contest.

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Bwahaha! I decided not to pick Runners Up . . . but your runner would have been a contender. 😉

6. viviankirkfield - December 18, 2013

I enjoyed all of the haiku…what a fun way to get to the point of the matter.:) Congrats to Serendipity!

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Thanks, Vivian. Hope your Holidays are filled with Mystery and Magic.

7. Linda - December 18, 2013

All wonderful haiku

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Quite an eclectic collection.

8. jakesprinter - December 18, 2013

Beautiful haiku .

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Glad you enjoyed, Jake. If you want to join in, head around to Serendipity’s blog ~ she’ll probably post a new theme by Friday.

9. Grannymar - December 18, 2013

I enjoyed reading all the Haikus and the trip down memory lane w2ith the old Underwood typewriter. Gosh, those keys were so stiff and slow, Thank the Lord for modern laptops!

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Glad you enjoyed, Granny. Great reminder about the realities of type writing ~ that’s probably why the Islander newspaper uses the Underwood as a door stop. 😀

10. Three Well Beings - December 18, 2013

Each is really splendid! I did love Serendipity’s. A creative group you have, Nancy. 🙂

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Almost all are new-to-me Creatives ~ “fate” caused our cyber paths to cross. 😀

11. foam - December 18, 2013

Congratulations to serendipity! Indeed, her haiku were stellar… as were ever bodies else. But hers did have that special twist… 🙂

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

She had me at “Double helix twist” ~ and I loved how she turned from huntress to savior!

12. Rafael - December 18, 2013

No real surprise on the winner…Serendipity being serendipitous of name was merely icing on the ‘Ku!

You were a joyful hostess, and am most glad you’ve joined in the fun of haiku and hi-jinx. Like Karl, I do hope to see you popping in for future games of fun and frolics.

Congrats, Serendipity! Your’s was the perfect twist from first syllable to last!

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Thanks, Rafael. I expect that, like Mary Poppins, I will pop in for future fun and frolics. And I’m excited to see what Serendipity chooses for the next Go Round.

13. shreejacob - December 18, 2013

Congratulations to Serendipity!

I’m totally in awe at all those wonderful haikus!

Yay! I actually wrote something haiku-ish enough to be considered! Totally cool…because my first and very last time I tried a haiku..I messed it up profoundly! LOL

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

You did a wonderful job, Shree. Like you, I’m in awe of some of the “every day magic” of this marvelous universe.

14. Serendipity - December 18, 2013

Well now, I finally get time to look, and there are already dozens of comments….and I find that I won! Yay. Thank you. When you said twist of fate, that line popped into my mind and I just *had* to find a way to use it.

Nancy, you did a stellar job of hosting, and so nice you brought in a few new players like yourself. I hope we can get them to engage. For you newbies, haiku does not have to be hard – but it does make you measure your words because it allows so few syllables to tell your story. That is part of the attraction of the form. Come join in. I’ll get a theme up directly.

It was a great showing with some difficult competition this week. Nice job *everyone*.

Check in at http://serendipitouswildmoments.wordpress.com/ and see what your next challenge will be.


nrhatch - December 18, 2013

I thought about swinging around to tell you “in person” but decided it would be a better surprise for you to find it here. I’m looking forward to seeing the theme for next week.

And hope that everyone who is not frantic with Holiday Hoopla will join in the fun. Congrats on a ‘ku well done!

15. Karl - December 18, 2013

Good evening Nancy,

A fine time indeed. All the entries made for very good reading. Thank you for hosting.

Congratulations Red! See you next week.

nrhatch - December 18, 2013

Thanks, Karl. Here’s to the winds of change and the coming ‘kus.

16. ericjbaker - December 18, 2013

I’m for random chance
Although I don’t think it’s fair
Chance can never twist

nrhatch - December 19, 2013

Chance can’t twist, but it does a mean Hokey Pokey!
And a limber Limbo! 😉

I see you waited to enter until you knew you wouldn’t be tagged to host the next week’s theme. Way to manipulate fate! :mrgreen:

17. Serendipity - December 18, 2013

OK, Y’all,

I have posted the challenge early to give you as much time around last minute craziness as you can get. Just one request – please…no “surviving the holidays” ‘kus as your official entries.

Come drop some ‘ku by. No excuses – you have plenty of time.


Thanks again Nancy for granting me the win.

nrhatch - December 19, 2013

What?! You don’t want “surviving the holidaze” kus to wade through?! As Frosty’s fiendish rabbit-toting hatless friend would say, “No Fair. No Fair.” 😛

I’ll be around in short order. Thanks, Serendipity!

18. Crowing Crone Joss - December 19, 2013

wow, what a great collection of haiku. There are some seriously talented people around here. Neat to read so many of them in one place. And, from the sound of it, everyone had fun and that’s the best part, isn’t it?

nrhatch - December 19, 2013

That IS the best part . . . and Serendipity has posted a great theme for the week ~ SURVIVAL. Feel free to swing round and toss a ‘ku or two into the pot.

19. jannatwrites - December 19, 2013

I enjoyed this collection of haiku! I really wanted to submit one and support your hosting, but my creativity/brain refused to collaborate… I came up totally blank 😦

nrhatch - December 19, 2013

That’s OK. Feel free to jump into the mix this week (over at Serendipity’s blog) if your creative brain wants to see if it has the mettle to SURVIVE her challenge. 😉

20. becca - December 21, 2013

congrats serendipity

nrhatch - December 21, 2013

I see you found her new theme to your liking ~ happy thinking.

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