SOLC 2019 Day 9: Friday in Haiku


March 2019 SOLC–Day 9
A huge thank you to Two Writing Teachers for all that they do to create an amazing community of writers and a safe, welcoming space to write, learn, share and grow.

I am most decidedly a lark. I typically rise before the sun, and I frequently venture outside to observe as dawn unfolds and the world awakens. I’ve written many slices and poems about mornings and how they move and energize me.  My writing energy is also strongest in the morning and most days, I write morning pages. During this month, I’m often drafting slices and commenting before 5 am.

Last night after some last minute evening reading and commenting, I was ready for bed and my book. But as I walked upstairs, I realized that I wanted to write a bit more. This is highly unusual for me, but I’d just read and thoroughly enjoyed Sarah DiFazio’s post of haikus about her day. I grabbed a small notebook and pushed my bedtime reading material to one side. Maybe I’d try to capture my day in haikus.

internal alarm
malfunctions at two a.m.
a long day begins

my pen plucks ideas
from the mists of dreams
morning pages

bone deep cold
frigid river exhales mist
pictures at dawn

PD work with colleagues
learning intentions and success criteria
overflow haiku boundaries

sleep’s siren song
lures me beneath blankets
two hour nap

nap-fogged brain
stumbles through the evening
red wine helps

inspiration strikes
I settle into bed
compose haiku

Thanks again to Sarah DiFazio for the inspiration! If you haven’t yet, check out her blog. She’s a wonderful writer and perhaps you’ll be inspired as well!



33 thoughts on “SOLC 2019 Day 9: Friday in Haiku

  1. Lisa Keeler says:

    There is so much to love about this slice. Your description of yourself and habits as a lark. Your taking inspiration from another writer. Your desire to write at night even though you don’t usually- that itch is amazing when it strikes, isn’t it? And your beautiful, spare haikus that provide such a window into your day. I’m going to check out Sarah DiFazio’s blog now. Thanks!

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  2. Jaana says:

    “internal alarm
    malfunctions at two a.m.
    a long day begins”
    These lines captured something that makes sense to me yet I have never thought of it as “my internal alarm malfunctioning.” Great image!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks! There has to be an upside to insomnia, right? I suppose writing poems and creating images to describe it might have to be the silver lining.


  3. Debbie Lynn says:

    This is an awesome idea…glad I read your post and the one linked to it. 🙂

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  4. dianeandlynne says:

    Haikus…easier said than done. Yours are lovely; I especially like the “internal alarm” which is consistently my problem.

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  5. I get so much of my inspiration from other slicers. We have such a wonderful writing community! Love the photo you chose too. It’s lovely.

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  6. margaretsmn says:

    Haiku of your day! Love this idea and how the spare words capture it all, even the PD work. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. TammyB says:

    Beautiful! You are inspiring

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  8. Oh my goodness!!! Thank you so much for the shout out! I just love the community that this challenge cultivates.
    I loved reading your Haikus. I especially related to the one about PD, as that was my day yesterday as well. So much information, so little brain power at that time on a Friday….

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  9. Trina Haase says:

    So many gems in this post – in your stunning Haiku and even your information to introduce it! I love thinking about writing about a whole day using haikus.

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  10. glenda funk says:

    Love this haiku idea. Definitely going to try it. And definitely checking out Sarah’s blog.

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  11. Love it! And I have grown to love writing haiku. To me it is such a powerful way to “say” something because it is said in such few words.

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  12. paulabourque says:

    Love how we each inspire one another. This truly inspired me and now I want to check out Sarah’s blog! Thanks.

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  13. terierrol says:

    Both beautiful poem and picture! You are so talented. I always get inspiration from fellow slicers. Thank you.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks! This is such an inspiring community. When I can’t figure out what to write, I start reading and commenting and inevitably, something sparks!


  14. Amanda Potts says:

    What a great idea. So many neat little spaces in these haiku. Maybe my favorite is
    PD work with colleagues
    learning intentions and success criteria
    overflow haiku boundaries

    because it describes your day, defies the rules while maintaining the intention, and describes itself all in the same three lines. Amazing.

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  15. daniellecaryn says:

    I love haikus! I haven’t ever seen a series of them that capture a day. Amazing! I also like how you break structure in the middle and call attention to it.

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  16. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    I am definitely not a lark – more like an owl, as in night! I enjoyed learning about your day through your poems. Might have to steal this one!

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  17. mbhmaine says:

    It’s a great format for a slice and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using it again!


  18. kd0602 says:

    I love hearing you describe the time of day where your energy for writing lies. I’m not sure I would describe myself as either a lark or a night owl. I get up early–but certainly not with writing on my mind. I do most of my writing after walking when I get home from work…it’s being outside and exploring, especially with my camera that fuels my writing! I love Haiku–vivid and short, perfect for capturing a moment!


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