APED – Prompt 18: A Sailor’s Haiku


Image Source: Ship Mary L. Cushing by William G. Yorke (via Wikimedia Commons)


This poem was written for A Prompt Each Day, a daily dose of inspiration.  For today’s prompt, we were given an image (the one above) to inspire our writing.  I took one look at it and said – “Meh, I will skip this one”.  Don’t get me wrong – I love boats (although one time when I decided to go whale watching in California I got seasick and the trip seemed to drag on forever).  I absolutely love photographing boats – although we don’t see any where I live in the mountains.  The picture just didn’t speak to me.


I decided to be a good blogging citizen and although I did not write for the prompt – I checked what others wrote.  That was when I came across Philip Craddock’s poem – I was mesmerized.  Now – I read a lot of poetry – I love it.  He had this amazing idea to create a poem in two distinct voices.  I think he did an amazing job – and suggest you stop by his blog to read it.


Haiku – where do I start?  I hardly write haiku – I used to when I first started learning how to write.  I definitely love a good haiku – but I am way too wordy for it (sorry, but it’s true).  I decided to write this poem in response to Philip’s poem.


Wondrous water blue

Gentle waves crash on your shore

Lead me home to you.


Not expecting a standing ovation – as I said – I’m not much of a haiku writer but I couldn’t help myself.


© S. J. 2015



19 thoughts on “APED – Prompt 18: A Sailor’s Haiku

    • Well – haiku usually doesn’t rhyme. However – I truly think in rhyme all the time (okay – that was not intentional). I like poetry to be something that rouses the senses and haiku just doesn’t do that for me. No bad feelings – it is good to know who you are and what makes you tick. It is interesting to see that others can feel that in your writing.


      • Oh no no no. I didn’t mean to say that you should have made the haiku rhyme 🙂 I know that it doesn’t 😀 Maybe it’s just that, from whatever I’ve read of you at APED, it felt more restricted than what I have loved reading from you. Not to take away from the attempt at all.

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        • No harm – I know what you mean. I think when we follow a writer’s work at some point we know them better than they know themselves. That was what I was saying. Haiku is not me at my best. I need flow – and sometimes rhyme – I need emotion (whether humor/sadness/despair). I like my writing to have purpose – to rouse the soul. Writing haiku – for me – is just like trying on a hat that just doesn’t fit me as well. I have nowhere to soar.


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