Monday, May 11, 2009

Haiku Festival

Today I'm participating in a Haiku Festival hosted by Tracy@ Pink Purl and Elizabeth @ About New York.

Do you remember learning and writing haiku from school days? Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry and in English is most often written in three lines of 5-7-5 syllables per line, making up 17 syllables total.

I recently visited my son, daughter-in-law and baby grandson in Colorado, so I was inspired to write my haiku poems on the airplane on my way back home to Brooklyn, New York. Be gentle with me --it's the first time I've attempted to write haiku's! It was a challenge, but a fun exercise.

Please visit Tracy and Elizabeth's blogs today to see a list of other Haiku Festival participants and enjoy all the beautiful photos and every one's haiku imagery.

Oh Colorado!

What a blue mountain skyline!
You carry my heart.

Denver, one mile high,

City of plains and mountains,

Gateway to the West.

My darling grandson.

Joy of my life and future-

Grow strong and prosper

Flying home today-

Window full of clouds and sky,

Already missing them.

Back home to Brooklyn-

husband, cat, welcoming me.

Was it all a dream?

Please join me tomorrow as I'll show the interesting antique memorabilia store I visited while in Denver. I'm also getting close to my 300 post -- and I'll be having a celebratory give away!


Vee said...

Those are zinger haikus... By that I mean, they tell so much with so few words. You did a fine job with them and they truly are a little mental exercise, which I'm sure that I could use to great benefit.

Tara said...


You did a great job! Love 'em! Hope you had a great Mom's Day!

Poetikat said...

What a wonderful way to have documented a trip. I really like the second last one - especially the last line.


Tracy said...

Thank you for joining us, Pat...your beautiful words and images have brought such delight this haiku event! :o) Many have joined us and many would like to see the event again next year--hooray! Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Your haiku verses are wonderful - they convey the essence of what you're feeling.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

You did a great job of writing Haiku poetry...and summarizing your trip to Colorado in a few short lines.

If I ever learned about Haiku...I have long forgotten. You had me counting syllables here...just checking!

Butternut Squash said...

Wonderful Haiku. I really enjoyed it.

Willow said...

Pat, these are great! They are best done quickly in the moment and then pondered upon (as you did).

Anonymous said...

My only exposure to haiku is through the daily crossword puzzle. I could never remember how to spell. Now thanks to you I will always remember since I have seen the an example. Absolutely wonderful.

Helen said...

Your Haikus are magical!!!!! I am impressed ~ and inspired.

MJ said...

Good for you to venture into Haiku land! You've done an exceptional job! My favorite haiku of yours is the one about your grandson! He'll treasure it in the future!

Mama said...

Your Haiku verses and photos are perfect Pat, I am thorougly enjoying your music too, hugs, Kathy.

The Clever Pup said...

Nice haikus. Your grandson is beautiful.

Golden West said...

You have the best of both worlds - Brooklyn and the wide open spaces of Colorado - and a beautiful baby grandson, as well!

storyteller said...

Wonderful haiku series accompanying beautiful photos! It's nice to meet another photography/poetry fan ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

rochambeau said...

Your Haiku tells a story of love!
Just beautiful.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Haiku's from the heart. Beautiful!
♥, Susan

Elizabeth said...

I loved your journey in haiku and your grandson's beautiful face. Truly a trip to remember with joy.
I'm glad the haiku had a soothing effect on the flight home!
This was such fun.

Shell said...

Hey my fellow New Yorker, I enjoyed your Haikus. Really wonderful.

Sarah said...

Oh wow! You may be new to writing these but you are a natural! I love all of them. Your grandson looks so sweet and I love your photos too-especially the first one of the lovely blue mountains.

supplies overflowing! said...

If I were clever, I would comment via Haiku.
You did a wonderful job- but how- oh how- could you leave that little one??

Lynn said...

WOW! Great writing.
I had forgotten all about haiku!
Now I'll have to try some of my own.

Deb said...

Wonderful Haiku & your grandson is adorable!!

C.M. Jackson said...


love your posts--welcome home!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Those are great! I believe you have a talent!

And I love the way you used your own photos to illustrate them.

:) Diane

Janet said...

That can't be your first time writing haiku!? They're simply lovely, as are the photos.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh Pat, you did well!
Clearly you are a master
Of all things Haiku


Brenda said...

Such lovely Haikus, Pat; you write like a pro! And I really enjoyed your photos, especially the one of your darling little grandson.

Fifi Flowers said...

YOur grandson is ADORABLE!!!
Happy belated Mother's Day!
BTW... Did you know that you won French Cafe Notecards from moi?
You can read about it here...
I will need your address so I can mail them to YOU!
Please email the information
ENJOY your week!

Claudia said...

I love Haikus and cannot do them. (So I save others.) You did great!Oh your grandson - he is ... edible.

Jenny said...

A beautiful and creative way to mark your journey, I really enjoyed your words and pictures, thank you.

Sandra Leigh said...

My favourite is "Flying home today". That brought tears to my eyes.

aliceinparis said...

Clever you! I am a Haiku fan too.
Love that pic of Leo. He is so photogenic:)

Janet Lane said...

Hi, Pat,

Your website is gorgeous, and your photos are so much fun! I live in the Denver area (Littleton), but haven't captured those historic neighborhoods like you have. Lovely! Must try visiting The Yankee Trader some time - looks like you had a fabulous Mother's Day visit!

Beverly said...

Great job, Pat. These are perfect, and you had such great subjects. ;-)

Lea said...

Isn't it amazing what you can tell in so few words??? Your haiku capture the heart and beauty of your trip, as well as demonstrate the rhythm of this ancient art, and that last line... perfect! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Those were lovely Pat- well done. Thanks for sharing them. I've been so busy I wasn't able to join in unfortunately.