Haiku – 6/22/2021

A simple haiku

Poetry with rhythmic lines

Simple and complete

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I will be honest. I took a small break on this blog and I am having trouble getting the muse to fire back up again. That’s why I wrote a haiku about a haiku. Trying to generate anything to get me haikuing (is that a word) again. Thanks for following and have a great day, afternoon, or night – depending on when or where you are currently reading this.

Haiku – 1/27/2021

Winter thunderstorm

Lighting up the nighttime sky

Shaking the windows

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I meant to write this one yesterday but I haven’t had a lot of writing energy this week, the month of January actually. Not even working on my podcast all that much – glad I have plenty of episodes in the can, enough to get me through March. Not sure the reason for the slump. I honestly don’t like January and February very much. Most days are cool or cold or grey and it isn’t very inspiring for my writing mood. I guess that might be the reason for the blips in my Haiku writing this month. Could also be this pandemic and as it drags on I keep feeling more and more off – tough being a stay-at-home-dad in times like these. I have been getting back into movies once again – that’s a positive. Missed watching movies. If you guys have ever been on this site: letterboxd.com you can find me at AWR72. I won a subscription to that site for a year because I shared this great podcast on social media – 70mm is the name of the podcast and if you like movies it is the podcast for you.

Anyway, let me shuttle on off of here for now. The haiku above was inspired by a storm that woke me up a couple of nights ago. Was laying in bed and this flash of light lit up the room. Then I heard a boom of thunder and it was loud. So shocked to see a storm in the middle of winter and I think, according to my smart clock by my bed, it was 42 degrees at the time. I didn’t know it could storm when it is that cold. Guess it can and if you believe the old legion – hear thunder in winter, snow in 10 days – then we might just be seeing some flakes of snow sometime soon. Thanks again for reading this far. This is me signing out. Cheers.

New Podcast Episode!

 

There is a new Podcast Episode available for my Song Lines and Tan Lines Podcast. Hit the play button to hear the latest episode. And swing over to this spot (if you so choose) in order to listen to the other episodes I have posted: anchor.fm/thedeepcuts

Thanks for listening.

Thanks for visiting.

 

Yeah Me! 8 Years and Still Going.

8 Year Anniversary Achievement
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 8 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
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I can’t believe it has been 8 years on WordPress for me. And if it has been 8 years here it is at least 10 years for me now of blogging. I started on Blogger.com at least 2 years before I started on WordPress. Amazing how time flies. Not only do I want to share with you this milestone, but I also want to let you know I have started a Patreon Page. Right now there are just two posts, but I plan to add more as time goes on. The content I am using is poetry and haiku buried deep inside this blog – stuff that hasn’t seen the front of this blog for a very long time. I am toying with the idea of mixing my Patreon blog with old stuff from my WordPress Blog and all new stuff.
Anyway, if you want to check it out here is the link: https://www.patreon.com/2handstyping.
Have a great Sunday.

Blogging Goals for the New Year!

This won’t be a long post. It is just a quick post to let you know my plans for the blog this year. The main plan and the only plan is lots and lots of Haiku. I missed the first two days of the year, but my goal was to try to write a Haiku each day this year. Will I be able to pull it off? I hope so because I like the challenge. But I also have two kids and I’m a stay-at-home dad. Sickness, school commitments, etc. can easily pull me away from that goal, but I am committed to it so we will see how it goes. That is about it. Hope you guys have a great new year. Do you have any resolutions for your blog? Leave me your answer to that question and a link to your blog. I would love to swing by and check it out.

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Some of you may not know that I have a collection of poetry lurking out and about called – Nightlight Poetry.

Scary right? You can get it at the links below.

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KSF5Q5H

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KSF5Q5H

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07KSF5Q5H

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07KSF5Q5H

Halt and Stop!

I wanted to let you guys know that this blog is going on a long hiatus. I don’t know if I will return to this blog or not in the future. I still do enjoy poetry, still enjoy writing it, but not enough to fill a blog each and every week. So, I have decided to start doing a Poetry Monday section on this blog: Yep, I Created That. It will keep me doing some poetry, but it won’t have to be so much that I have to keep a blog alive doing it. This blog will remain open for business so you can always peruse my old stuff. And you can also check out my Patreon page. I will have poetry posting on there as well. Some of it will be new, some of it will be taken from the bowels (the deep dark bowels) of this blog. That’s it. Thanks for reading and thanks for following me. Check me out at the two locations below if you want to keep reading my work.

Yep, I Created That: yepicreatedthat.wordpress.com

Patreon:  www.patreon.com/zombiebeach

Haiku – 3 Looks at Pin

This was the first Haiku I wrote for the challenge this week. I just couldn’t wrap my head around what to write for the word “pin.” It was getting frustrating. Below are the three lines I came up with.

I can’t pin it down

Can’t think of a good Haiku

Too tough this Monday

Then these two popped into my mind.

I think they sound decent enough.

Pinned under a car

Spider-Man swings into help

There to save the day

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Hair pinned up and neat

Ready for the junior prom

Waiting for her date

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Anyway, do you want to take the challenge this week?

Check it out here: Haiku Horizons

Have you seen my new blog?

Some of you may, some of you may have not. Swing on over to check it out today. There’s also this bonus if you follow it. A free short story. That’s right. Entirely free in the format of your choosing (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF). This weeks freebie is Flesh for the Zombies. Read on for details of how to obtain your short story today. Thanks again for following me. I hope you enjoy the new blog.

A zombie shuffled down the street underneath a gigantic yellow full moon. He was dressed in an apron, a former fry cook still carrying a spatula in his hand. He shambled along down the road, solo, unaware of the cool night air or the peaceful sound of crickets ushering autumn into the world. A silent bullet suddenly and violently took the top part of his head off, sending the undead creature tumbling and bleeding to the ground. He rested there, unmoving, spatula still gripped tight in his hand.

“How are things up there?”

Mike hit the button on his Walkie Talkie. “All good, Fred. You?”

“Nothing on this side. How does the gate look?”

“Holding tight,” Mike replied, as he looked down from the platform of Guard Tower 1 to the makeshift gate they had made earlier that day. The gate now consisted of his SUV and truck along with a gigantic piece of metal that not only covered the hole, but it stretched several feet beyond it on each side.

Link to the new blog: shorttalesfromtheblog.wordpress.com

Send an email to this address (zombiebeach3@gmail.com) and I will send you a free copy of Flesh for the Zombies in MOBI, EPUB, or PDF form once you follow me. That’s it. Adios.

Haiku – Unmotivated

My great haiku muse

Sitting silent and alone

Waiting to create

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I know a lot you signed on for this blog because of my poetry and haiku. I am sorry if it hasn’t been popping off with that subject matter as of late. I honestly haven’t had the motivation to do it. Most of my poetry is on the fly. It pops into my head and I sit down to write out what is flowing from me. That hasn’t happened a lot lately. So, I have a lot of pre-scheduled stuff that I am letting fill the void. Next year I plan to scale back on that to just three days a week. I hope that maybe poetry and haiku will be more in earnest then. Who knows? The muse is a fickle thing and when it chooses to emerge again I will be waiting for it. How do you guys handle the drought when the muse takes a break? Just curious.

Christmas in July Part 1 and Some Audience Participation

Cool suntan lotion

Hot summer days and warm nights

Time for Jingle bells?

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I know you guys aren’t thinking at all about Christmas – not when its 95 in the shade outside, but I’m banking on the fact that you are thinking about a little cool weather right about now. What better way to do this than bringing on the holiday season just a little bit earlier this year?

I’m planning to re-release a couple of Christmas short stories very soon, and I want to celebrate this by bringing back Christmas for a few selected blog posts. The thing is, I don’t want this to be a solo project. In the spirit of the holiday season, I want to share this blog with you, and I want you to share your blog with others.

Here’s how to do it.

First:

Post either one of these pictures into your blog, your choice (the first picture helps me promote my two short stories, the second picture is there in case you don’t feel comfortable doing that).

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ZCV

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Second:

Below the picture include this.

I want you to think of something Christmas based that you can share with your followers. It can be anything. A favorite song, a Haiku, a Poem, a short story, a clip from a movie, a movie trailer, maybe you have Christmas stories for sell out there, you can talk about them or post excerpts from them. Whatever you choose. When you post your Christmas subject, swing back over to awrenfro.com. In the comments section, leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog just share your work in the comments section below. I will read them, and then share them throughout my social network community.

Sound like fun. I hope so.

Good luck.

Merry Christmas!

Poetry Street

I want to get to know my audience a little better and I want to interact with you guys a little more.  I also want us to spread poetry all over the web together.

Take a second and look at this question.

Why do you write poems, haiku, or any other form you use to express your words?

Does it sound kind of tough to answer?  I hear you grumbling.

Here’s my answer.

I write poetry because it is such a great way to express my self, my thoughts, my ideas.  This form of writing has always come very easy to me – I’m a poet and know it.  I love writing poems because I love to see them form.  I love their rhythm and their flow.  I have a subject pop into my head and seconds later it seems like I am off doing a poem or haiku about it.  Speaking of haiku.  I have found that expanding into this new form of poetry has been a great mind challenge.  Trying to say what you mean in seventeen syllables can be daunting.  I must look like a crazy person walking around town, the house, or wherever, running syllables through my head.  I have gotten bitten by the haiku bug as of late so a lot of my poetry is based within this structure.  I have found it is a great way to express myself because it is so limiting.  It is such a challenge just to make those words fit and to create powerful images with those words.  So when it works, it really works.

So, you get the drift.

Here’s how this will work.

Send your answer to me at this address: atothewr@gmail.com

In the subject line put POETRY STREET so I will know you have taken the challenge.

Included in this email, your blog address, and the name you want to go by.  It doesn’t have to be your Christian name, just the name you use as you blog.

I will then take this information and post it, showcasing your answer and your blog.  You can re blog it onto your site and then, we, have started to spread our poetry love across the web.

I will also have a tab listed called Poetry Street and under this tab I will put your name and a link to your blog.  I will also post your answer there as well.

If you enjoy this.  Then you might find these two challenges interesting.

The site below gave me the idea for my Desert Islands Books challenge and from that idea sprang this one.  So I wanted to give him some credit.

Swing over to his site and take the challenge:  http://headinavice.com/desert-island-movies/

My answers to his challenge can be found here:  http://headinavice.com/2012/08/11/anthonys-desert-island-films/ 

Speaking of Desert Island Books.  I’m always looking for new castaways.

You can find that challenge at this address: https://apoetryjourney.wordpress.com/desert-island-books/

Okay, so, that’s it.  Just a few ways we can interact and get to know each other better.

Thanks for reading.

You are now free to move about the blog.

Haiku – Rewrites and Revision

Scrolling through pages

Frustrated with frustration

Stop the presses.

Here’s your chance to help me finish this Haiku.

Below you will find an A,B,C, or D multiple choice response.  Feels like we are back in school.  I know.  Sorry about that.

Okay, here goes.

These answers are supposed to reflect the kind of re write person you are.  Choose the one which says the most about yourself when you are rewriting something.  Your answer will complete this Haiku.

A. I can make this great.  (The optimistic writer – few and far between)

B. Why did I write that? (The troubled writer – probably a drinker or pot smoker, doing stuff when they are a little loopy)

C. Why doesn’t this work? (The angry writer – ready to fling a keyboard in a moments notice)

D. Dammit, damn, damn, damn! (This is the one I would have used.  I’m there most of the time when something doesn’t work)

So this Haiku would have read like this if I would have used D.

Scrolling through pages

Frustrated with frustration

Dammit, damn, damn, damn!

Okay, choose wisely.  I look forward to your answers.