Haiku Inspiration :)

I’ll be calling in and reading a couple haikus.  If you’re shy, you could just listen. April is National Poetry month, the perfect month for stepping out of your writing comfort zone 😉

The phone number is (646) 716-7362

April 2015 Worldwide Open Poetry Reading
Sunday, April 19, 2015 ~ 2:00 pm (pacific)
Join Poetry Super Highway’s monthly online open poetry reading. Tune in to listen to poets from all over the world read their poetry. Better yet, plan on calling in to read a poem live on the air. No content or style restrictions. Use it as an opportunity to promote your new poetry book or project and let us know what’s happening in your local poetry world! It’s a couple of days after National Haiku Day so plan on reading a haiku or 2!

Poetry Prompt #19

Poetry Prompt: Write a haiku about ANY subject

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I think haikus are the easiest poems to write. I talked one of the Juniors in Violet’s Girl Scout troop about haikus.  I told her all you have to think about is what you’re going to write about, then it’s just 5-7-5. They’re very short and the reader gets the picture of what you are trying to show them. I like haikus because they only “scratch the surface”.  If you’re like me, I can get lost in long poems that tell you about this and this and this.  I’ve written haikus about all the seasons, the weather, hamsters, memories, Sherlock Holmes, celebrities, my birthday, etc etc.

here’s my haiku about our second hamster:

Hamster Haiku #2

By Valeri Beers

Not a replacement

your own personality

a little skittish

Poetry Prompt # 17

One of the first poems I wrote was about going to a Motley Crue concert back in 1990. It was accepted by my high school lit mag.   Very abstract as you can read 😉

Highway

Poison
speeding along
on the road.
Black & shiny,
1 
million miles 
an
hour.
Destination forbidden.
2
tons of metal
in
your face.
Cops 
on
the tail,
orange triangles
followin’ us.
A
fast  road
to 
Nowhere.
Hot & crowded
being 
dragged under
in 
a wave
(now I know better!)

Explosions
on
a moon
as 
I sneak
in the
back door
& a
red & black
dream
makes you
smile.

Poetry Prompt #13

Poetry Prompt: Write an “out or through my window” piece. Describe what is really there or imagine another window, like a school bus, your bedroom window as a child, or a window view on a trip.

(prompt courtesy of The Poetry Superhighway  poetrysuperhighway.com)

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Here’s an “out the window”  poem I did:

Mud
by Valeri Beers

The mud
sucks
you in
traps you
The icicles
are
unseen lengths
&
still
dripping & growing.
Even through
2
Nor’easters
the gull
is
still on
the glider.
Is it
summer?
I want
to
hang out
in
the screenhouse.