|"Winter Strikes Back" by Bryce Mullet, Flickr Creative Commons|
Jone Rush MacCulloch is no stranger to haiku. For the last three years, she has participated in Shiki Kukai, a monthly haiku challenge that's now in its 19th year. Each month, people from around the world write haiku based on two prompts– a Kigo, or seasonal word, and a free form word. The haiku are then anonymously distributed to the community for voting. Points are allotted by each member for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries, and the results are posted. What a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the practice of writing this form!
Today I'm delighted to welcome Jone to the Haiku Garden. Given the difficult task of choosing amongst several of her beautiful and thought-provoking haiku, I decided upon this one, which was born from the February 2014 free form prompt: "longing."
For me, it was love at first sight...
the robin's song
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|"Winter Robin" by Bryce Mullet, Flickr Creative Commons|
...and still I'm left longing for more.
Besides having the voice of a poet, Jone speaks with expertise as a library media specialist/teacher, and many sing her praises as Poetry Chair for the Cybils as well. (Find out more about the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards HERE.) Did I mention that Jone also maintains three blogs? Her professional blog is called Check It Out: Life and Books in a K5 Library School Setting, her personal blog is Deo Writer, and Solace In Nature is her photography blog... oh yes, Jone is a talented photographer as well!
Thank you for taking a moment to share your talent
in the Haiku Garden, Jone.
In case you missed it, last week Joyce Sidman challenged us to write a "Deeper Wisdom" poem. You can find all the details HERE. So far I've featured poems from Katie Gast and Buffy Silverman, and today I must point you over to Reflections on the Teche, where Margaret Simon describes the deeper wisdom that she and her student poet, Matthew, achieved this week in the classroom. I hope you'll consider sending me your poem. (Frankly, I can use all the wisdom I can get!)
You'll discover lots of wisdom in the poetry Irene Latham has selected to celebrate MLK Day. Those treasures and more can be found in today's Poetry Friday roundup at Live Your Poem.