Encouragement And Hope

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old photos
on my desk–
bleeding hearts in bloom

This is a favorite haiku of yours, and thank you.  I was reflecting upon the haiku this morning that are reprinted on my poet page on the Haiku Registry.  This haiku was published first in Time Of Singing, Volume 21, 1994; and this poem was also selected for THF Haiku App.  I was new to haiku.  We learn in different ways.  I learn best by reading, and I tend to write spontaneously from my heart.  Yet I can see in my records how many revisions a post may go through before I feel it is ready.

The important thing is to be encouraged and to practice.  Rest as needed too.  The range in years of the poems on my Haiku Registry page is from 1994 – 2015.  There have been fallow times.  When I was not able to write this much, I checked out a wide variety of books by many authors from the library, and bought some books too.  Sometimes I’d look at the list of their books, and note the length of time sometimes between books.  Sometimes I’d look at a poem and think, “I can never write like that.”  And then a poet would share about the number of revisions for their poem, and how long it took for a certain work to be published.  Examples of authors include Madeleine L’Engle, Luci Shaw, and Barbara Crooker.

That is perhaps part of the art of teaching: the right amount of challenge, with encouragement.  Time and patience.  Like tending a garden.

Time Of Singing was founded in 1958 by Dr. Benjamin P. Browne.  Charles A. Waugaman was the editor when I began subscribing.  Lora Homan Zill has been editor since 1998.  Lora’s site is the blue collar artist.

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The photos are by Karl (June 2011).

Haiku Registry at The Haiku Foundation

Billie Wilson is the editor for the Haiku Registry at The Haiku Foundation.  We updated my poet page there this week.  I began reading through the registry again – a few pages at a time.

Please see Apply to Be Listed if you wish more information.

The Haiku Registry is a wonderful resource.


The Dover Design Sampler email arrived.  I signed up for this awhile ago from Dover Publications.  These samples are from Plants: 2,400 Royalty-Free Illustrations of Flowers, Trees, Fruits and Vegetables.  On some of your blogs lately, I’ve noticed and admired art and discussions about images in black and white, and in color.  Although the technical conversation is often beyond me, your art is often a welcome rest from the words I love!  Thank you.




Acrostic Poems

Yesterday I saw in my stats that someone was searching for a Midwest acrostic.  Thought I’d try to write one.  I’ve always lived in the Midwest, USA.

M  any
D  ays
W  onderful and
E  ver more
S  ure of my
T  rust in His plan

There have been difficult times and there will be more.  Yet praying the Psalms for so long has created a deeper sense of trust and hope.  I’ve been reading in John’s Gospel too lately.  “In the beginning was the Word . . . ”

Perhaps I can also write an acrostic for Midwest that expresses our nature and seasons.  I guess the one in this post is “the seasons of life.”

Last year, I began a small site for My Acrostic Poems.

Yesterday was another anniversary of my father’s passing. I have lived more years on earth without him now, than with him here.  Yet not so far away.  One day he said to me, “Everything will be all right in the end.”  We shall meet again.  Dad loved simple everyday life.  Every day is a gift, and there has always been beauty to see and perhaps write.  My father’s parents were from Sweden.