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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I Quote, You 'Ku - Day 3

"If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come."

~Chinese proverb 

Your challenge is to write a haiku or tanka (or choose one of your previously published works) that has a connection with the themes/feelings/images of the above quote, without just restating what has appeared in the text, to create a haibun. Play around with it and see what you come up with. Enjoy!

Click here for the first post on how I Quote, You 'Ku works. Every poet who posts a poem this month will be entered into the draw to win a copy of A New Resonance 8.


  1. my green bough inside
    shudders under your presence
    the singing bird flys

  2. Green bough in my heart,
    if the singing bird takes flight,
    will she come again?

  3. Christopher ProvostJuly 3, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    little sparrow...
    our hearts in harmony
    with your song

    1. Thanks for joining us, Christopher. :-)
      I've added your name to the book draw!

  4. the song is heard even before the singer appears...

  5. July 3: bough

    the wind's whistle
    serenades you in the arms
    of the green man

    Gary Blankenship

  6. a bluejay drinks again
    from an empty birdbath...
    I open your closet
    one more time to make sure
    I remember missing you

  7. "If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come."

    ~Chinese proverb

    freeing a thornbill
    even before I open my hand
    it’s gone

  8. quivering
    the pine branch
    where the robin
    left its song . . .
    first kiss

  9. Such moving haiku and tanka. Thank you all for sharing your words! :-)

  10. If I keep a green bough in my heart the singing bird will come.

    how bright
    the moss
    on the old wall

  11. "If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come."

    watching the playground
    the quote on his
    memorial bench

  12. A haiku from Sasa Vazic:

    bluebird . . .
    your breath weaving

    Thanks for joining in, Sasa! I've put your name into the draw. :-)

  13. "If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come."

    ~Chinese proverb

    I tiptoe toward
    an orchid's bloom

  14. green vegetables
    my mother smiles with
    morning freshness

    Editor’s Best Choice, Sketchbook, Vol 7, No. 3, Issue 43, July-August 2012 (Ed. John Daleiden)

  15. the snap
    of dead twigs--
    killdeer's cry

  16. losses in life
    low setting sun
    through branches of trees
    now rises again
    as birds quietly sing