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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I Quote, You 'Ku - Day 30

"To begin writing haiku, and to make progress to any significant extent, requires two gifts: the ability to be alert to the subtleties of sensory or psychological experience (i.e. to notice things); and a sensitivity to the subtleties of language (i.e. to be able to express things). However it isn't necessary to know that you possess these gifts before beginning to write: the gifts are very often revealed – and developed – in the writing. The haiku path is an unfolding process of discovery , and the only magic words of access are the words of each haiku that you read and write. If there is some special or exceptional condition called 'haiku mind' then I, for one, don't have it. As far as I'm concerned, there are as many haiku minds as there are readers and writers of haiku."

~Martin Lucas, Stepping Stones: a way into haiku

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. setting out
    on a new path
    many footprints

    1. Thanks for starting us off today, Rosemary! :-)

  2. pebbles in a stream
    the sound of running water (Winner 2012
    a bird calls his mate

  3. Second to last day
    July slipped by so swiftly
    Only now my words

  4. brush to paper . . .
    the scent of the sea
    before the sight of her

  5. I would like haiku
    taught in precise, succinct ways
    haiku like teaching

  6. garland--
    another haiku
    in making

  7. July 30: discovery

    a dead wasp
    wounded thrush
    stepping into short verse

    Gary B

  8. the garden's silent-
    helpless haijin, I try to find
    Basho's three-year-old *

    * Matsuo Basho famously said:"Bring me a 3-year-old child to write a haiku".

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