Thursday, July 11, 2019

DMC: Found Haiku by Kathleen Mazurowski and Tabatha Yeatts

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” 
          – Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

I've certainly been enjoying losing myself in the "found haiku" that folks have been submitting for Linda Mitchell's July ditty challenge! Read last week's interview with Linda HERE.

To give you a taste of what's been contributed so far, here's one by Kathleen Mazurowski that speaks to one of my favorite qualities in a person—being a good listener.

habits of the heart
chutzpah and humility
listen with respect

          found poem by Kathleen Mazurowski
          from Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer

I'm also quite taken with this one by Tabatha Yeatts that weaves together science and story.

we beings whose brains
are memory and foresight
time is our story

          found poem by Tabatha Yeatts
          from "This physicist's ideas of time will blow your mind" by Ephrat Livni

As of the writing of this blog post, you'll also find haiku about children, learning, and pushing the limits by Dianne Moritz, Rebekah Hoeft, and Kay Jernigan McGriff, respectively. I think I'll try to add to our "found haiku" padlet this week. How about you?

Jone Rush MacCulloch is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup at Deowriter. She shares a trio of poems inspired by a poetry prompt fortune teller!


  1. Oh, wow! The bonus is that I now want to go read the articles too. Fabulous take on the challenge. I'm having so much fun reading the responses.

  2. Thanks, Linda and Michelle! Here's the link to the article, in case you want to read it:

  3. Time is our story... I love that. These days I feel like time is all that really matters, so I am being mindful about how I spend/use/share it. Thank you, Michelle! xo

  4. How wonderful these are, Michelle, bringing messages to us with the article, too! I need to get started!

  5. These are stunning. I agree with others here that I now want to go and read the articles. I too need to get to my own found poem. I've contemplated it as I read nonfiction texts this week, but end up just focussing on making meaning.

  6. Wow. I’m seeing that Found Haiku is a good way to write an article synopsis!

  7. Linda's challenge has a double bonus--beautiful haiku and cool articles to read. Thank you, Tabatha, for sharing the link! Thanks for highlighting these, Michelle. I will enjoy browsing through the collection this month.

  8. I love these little tidbits that offer such wisdom. As we watch out for Hurricane Barry, I may have to find a haiku about hurricanes.

  9. This is proving to be such an interesting, multi-faceted challenge!

  10. Thanks for the gentle reminder to comb through my news reading for some haiku!

  11. This exercise is the essence of poetry: distilling the biggest ideas into the fewest words. And yes, bonus reading, too! Thanks to you and to the distillery!

  12. These are wonderful, and as is often the case, Heidi said it perfectly: "distilling the biggest ideas into the fewest words." Thanks to you and Linda for this inspiring challenge!

  13. Time is so precious, elusive, and important–what an ever poignant haiku addressing time by Tabatha. And beautifully rhythmic haiku in word and thought by Kathleen. Thanks for sharing them Michelle!

  14. I was reading Catherine's found haiku poems and wanted to read what the articles were about but they were only for subscribers. I hope other poems have their articles easily accessible. I created a found poem activity for my grad school ELA Summer Institute but I only asked the students to write a found poem in any format, not necessarily haiku. It was interesting to see how teacher student approached the assignment. I will be working on one for Linda's challenge.

  15. I am working on a found haiku. Not quite there. Love the one Kathleen wrote.