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Haiku: King II

King II

Martin Luther King, 1964
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Preacher-turned-fighter —
stood up for his fellow Men,
dreamt equality.


This post was prompted by the Genre Haiku Challenge on this blog. Follow that link to find out more and participate!

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day, which like other floating holidays tends to be an opportunity for some people and schools to take the day off. I grew up in Detroit, where this day and Black History Month – the month of February – were a big deal, so I recognize this holiday even if I still have to go to work. 🙂

This past August was the 50th anniversary of the I Have A Dream speech, which is not public domain but should be. I wrote about that in a post that includes a link to the full text of that speech.

Doctor King fought for equality for all people, regardless of their race or color, gender or whatever. This holiday is a good reminder that once we strip away all of one’s labels, what remains is a single essential aspect; the fact is, we’re all humans – imperfect for sure, but glorious nonetheless.

Doctor King, like Gandhi, felt that nonviolent protest was the way to go. Why?

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

There’s something to think about.
I picked out the following links myself because I feel the articles are relevant:

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Haiku: Hope

Hope

hope
(Photo credit: http://www.ForestWander.com)

Meltdown brings a light —
we’re aware it’s a brief truce;
it keeps us going.

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Haiku: Glace

Glace

Icy Tree
(Photo credit: merlune)

Her defiant stride,
unperturbed by force of frost —
knowing Spring will come.


Wow. I have never had such a hard time with a haiku. Maybe I wanted it too much?

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“I’ve got a rad reputation / as a cool dude”

Once upon a time, I had a reputation that preceded me:

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Haiku: Resurgence

Resurgence

Frozen in the Wind
(Photo credit: ZeroOne)

Demons return strong,
cold howls from icy north —
hold onto your hat.


Wherever you are, I hope you’re warm today; around here it’s cold and blowy!

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I don’t even know why I’m publishing this

Cigar on a Windowsill
(Photo credit: iirraa)

Life is made up of all these endeavors, all these things that we intend to do and every move we make with intent to complete some goal. Brush your teeth, drink some whiskey, punch someone on the shoulder, whether or not you realized the minute before that you were going to. But then we have these BIG things – things that are really important, and we hang a lot of meaning on those things and their outcomes.

Like for example, you’re looking to get into your first home (as in buying it.)
A lot of people go out and start looking at houses without realizing they should first go to a bank and get pre-approved for a loan. If you get the pre-approval, my impression is that you’ve got the loan, because this has worked twice for Mme. Ross and me. The whole process is arduous and complex – even when you’re not doing all the paperwork and underwriting – but you get that first step and you might just be golden.

Then there’s the house. The house could fall through for a number of reasons, and so a lot of the stress comes from knowing that if it falls through and it’s your fault, you lose the earnest money you have to put down on the deal; of course, that entails walking away from the purchase, which is why they want that earnest money in the first place – that way, they have assurance that you’re serious about the house. If the house falls through and it’s not your fault, now you have to go looking for another house and start the negotiation process all over again! Close, but no cigar, pal. Go back to start and don’t bother asking the bank for your two hundred bucks (that’s a Monopoly reference – you get your earnest money back in those cases.)

But once you’re in the house it doesn’t end. Since the house we just bought is our second house, we got a nice little bit of money at the closing. So we’re trying to figure out what all needs to be done and what we want to do and have at the new house. Then we actually get plumbers out to plumb in laundry machines in the basement, and they just say they have to come back later and do an estimate because there’s no existing drain or exhaust. So even this little snag becomes a bigger disappointment that it should be.

Sometimes I wish things would just get done. I wish I had more time to get things done. I often feel like I’m this close, but then…
no cigar.


This post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.

93 other responses have posted so far:

  1. Stillness Speaks | Vintage Photography
  2. A stroll through London Bridge | AS I PLEASE
  3. Zeke Found His Style (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  4. Close | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. But No Cigar | Geek Ergo Sum
  6. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Under the Monkey Tree
  7. DP Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Sabethville
  8. Interrupted | La Gatita Oscura
  9. Sayang* | aportraitingrayscale
  10. A Close Call on the Way to Yellowstone | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  11. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Awl and Scribe
  12. Sometimes A Loss is a Win | THE OVERCOMING
  13. Daily Promt: Things happen for a reason. The Duchess of Malfi was worth the change. | Susan Jane Bradfield
  14. ‘Heneghan’ hope… | alienorajt
  15. Cannibal | Shadows Of The Divine
  16. Nearly there | A mom’s blog
  17. But No Cigar | The Nameless One
  18. The Close | L5GN
  19. Close Protection at La Bonne Mère | Travel with Intent
  20. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Thoughts of an INFP
  21. The Journey 1 Seahenge | andyarticles
  22. How To Fold A Tote Bag (Project)
  23. But No Cigar |
  24. Why did nobody take up the Mantle? | A Teacher’s Blog
  25. On the lighter side of close | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  26. Close, But No Cigar | aMUSEing THINGS
  27. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Basically Beyond Basic
  28. No Banana! | Saying Everything
  29. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  30. The Best Laid Plans and All That Rot | My Author-itis
  31. Just a Man and his Cigar | field of thorns
  32. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  33. We’re Just A Chapter. | Chasing The Bubble
  34. A House for Me | Flowers and Breezes
  35. Positive Energy | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  36. “Quiniela” | Life is great
  37. Sometimes a Cigar is just a Cigar | I really just pretend to know stuff
  38. Give my heart a break! | Le Journal D’Une Cheval Noire
  39. Photo Editing Challenge: Week 11- Trees and/or Tree Trunks | Hope* the happy hugger
  40. Processing the life
  41. No Cigar or Applause | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  42. No Rose Garden/Daily Prompt “No Cigar” | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  43. Closed | Dreams to Reality !
  44. Daily Prompt: Close and then Closer | Daily Prompt & Blogging Progress
  45. Close but No . . . Well, You Know! | meanderedwanderings
  46. Life plays its notes ………… | Rahul Kumar
  47. Dear Fellow WordPresser | Chunky Brain
  48. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar |
  49. Where’s My Damn Cigar? | Cheri Speak
  50. Close | Photography Journal Blog
  51. Nice Try Buddy — But No Cigar | Oh Danny Boy!
  52. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | The Wandering Poet
  53. Weekly Writing Challenge + Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation, But No Cigar | A Hedonistic Wander
  54. Daily Post: But No Cigar! | Spiritual Crossroads
  55. Daily Post: Close | Tessa Sheppard
  56. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  57. Not even close… Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | “The Ish,” presented by the Bohemian Rock Star
  58. Yet So Far. | Brianne Writes
  59. Baby Penguins and Hollandaise Sauce | The Flavored Word
  60. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Morrighan’s Muse
  61. First Love | Sam’s Online Journal
  62. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Poetry
  63. Up, Close & Personal | LenzExperiments
  64. Daily Prompt: Close – and Open | Mishe en Place
  65. Daily Prompt: Being Oh So Close! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  66. Gert Smit’s Tomatoes (# 15) | Rolbos ©
  67. thunderlane12
  68. Not Broken, I Swear (Daily Prompt: Close) | Please Excuse My Vagina
  69. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | This Blog Needs A Title
  70. Close Between | Esoteric Poetica
  71. But No Cigar / This Blog is so Eclectic | Artful Homesteader
  72. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | UBeCute – Follow the child inside of you…
  73. I got kicked out of ROTC | Nodus Tollens
  74. Daily prompt: The almost-post, like spit on a barbecue | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  75. Is It Really Even Random | My Play Nook
  76. Daily Prompt: Close (seen on the way to the bus stop) | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  77. Yes! No! Yes! | 6 of One…
  78. My Shortcomings with Knitting and Purling | Harmless Propaganda
  79. The Perks of Being Alone, Together | Kosher Adobo
  80. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar – The Chase for Perfection | salman’s blog
  81. But No Cigar – Ramblings from the Swamp
  82. I love my kid. I love my kid. (Repeat. Forever.) | Love.Books.Coffee.
  83. Yuck, Ptooie | Babsje Heron
  84. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Lines of Orenda
  85. closeness. and choice. | life and loveliness
  86. Close, but no cigar | Willow’s Corner
  87. Close | Leonas Lines–Poetry Plus
  88. Close, But No Cigar | Polymathically
  89. Daily Prompt: But No Cigar | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  90. But no Cigar | Shetall says
  91. Close but no cigar | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  92. of dreams and nightmares « Anawnimiss
  93. Daily Prompt: CLOSE. And they call it puppy love. | heysugarsugar

 

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Haiku: Attend

Attend

Meditation
(Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

Not concentration —
awareness does not focus,
but holds everything.

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Haiku: Reveal

Reveal

wall
(Photo credit: lovingyourwork.com)

When looking for love,
start by tearing down the walls
you’ve built against it.

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One surfer’s soliloquy

If I could be guaranteed one person was reading this blog, do you know who it would be? Continue reading One surfer’s soliloquy

Genre Haiku Roundup 2013.12: Epic Fantasy

The long-awaited genre haiku roundup for December 2013 is finally here! Better late than never, I always say – I have my reasons but no excuse to hold it off for any longer, so without any further delay, here goes:

To date, the December challenge has received an epic 51 responses from a variety of talented haiku hackers, old and new. Haikus are so brief, I bet you could get through them all in one sitting! This month, Lathrop Preston of Laith’s Ramblings even went so far as to paraphrase The Hobbit in nineteen haiku, with a guest submission by Cimmy of Cimmy’s Stories. That is an epic read unto itself, and I’m so glad he stuck through and finished the project.

  1. HAIKU: FRAGILE | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  2. LUCY | WORDS ON A PAGE
  3. HAIKU: POWER | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  4. TRILOGY | WORDS ON A PAGE
  5. HAIKU: FROZEN | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  6. HAIKU: DESCENT | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  7. HE DARED SAY IT : RSRGENREHAIKU : EPIC FANTASY | AN HONEST DAY OR TWO
  8. SCIFI HAIKU: BABYLON 5 | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  9. GENRE: EPIC FANTASY HAIKU | JED’S PLAYHOUSE
  10. HAIKU: CHAMPION | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  11. A HERO EMERGES | JED’S PLAYHOUSE
  12. DROP-PUDDLE-POND: #RSRGENREHAIKU : FANTASY | AN HONEST DAY OR TWO
  13. GENRE HAIKU-EPIC FANTASY: FORGING BONDS | WRITING TO BE NOTICED
  14. GENRE HAIKU CHALLENGE-EPIC FANTASY: FAE | WRITING TO BE NOTICED
  15. CHRISTMAS EVE | SANDRABRANUM’S BLOG
  16. GENRE HAIKU CHALLENGE–EPIC FANTASY: FAIRIES DANCE | CONSCIOUSCACOPHONY
  17. STATE OF THE WRITER | N. E. WHITE
  18. GENRE HAIKU CHALLENGE-EPIC FANTASY: SACRIFICE | WRITING TO BE NOTICED
  19. HAIKU: SURREAL | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  20. HAIKU: SURREAL II | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  21. RSR GENRE HAIKU CHALLENGE-EPIC FANTASY: WHAT’S LEFT | WRITING TO BE NOTICED
  22. HAIKU: VORPAL | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  23. RSR GENRE HAIKU CHALLENGE-EPIC FANTASY: PATH OF POWER | WRITING TO BE NOTICED
  24. RSR GENRE HAIKU CHALLENGE-EPIC FANTASY: TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN | WRITING TO BE NOTICED
  25. HAIKUS REVEAL A HIDDEN HEROES’ JOURNEY | THE TAO OF JAKLUMEN
  26. HAIKU: START | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  27. RSR GENRE HAIKU CHALLENGE – EPIC FANTASY: ONLY RECOURSE | WRITING TO BE NOTICED
  28. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  29. IT MIGHT BE RANDOM BUT.. | THE INDECISIVE EEJIT
  30. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – UNEXPECTED | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  31. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – MOONBEAM | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  32. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – TREES | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  33. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – SUNSET | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  34. CIMMY’S POETRY: PRAYER HAIKUS | CIMMY’S STORIES
  35. HAIKU: TRANSITION | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  36. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – ARKENSTONE | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  37. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – STORM | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  38. HAIKU: COMMUNITY | ROB’S SURF REPORT
  39. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – TROLLS | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  40. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – MIRKWOOD | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  41. LOOKING BACK/LOOKING FORWARD: 2014 | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  42. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – BACK AGAIN | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  43. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – STING | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  44. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – BARRELS | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  45. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – THIEF | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  46. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – TREASURE | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  47. GUEST EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – BATTLE | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  48. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – RETURN | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  49. GUEST EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – ARROW | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  50. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – BESIEGED | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS
  51. EPIC FANTASY HAIKU: THE HOBBIT – LAKE-TOWN | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS

The complete Hobbit Haiku is posted here:
HOBBIT HAIKU, THE JOURNEY ENDS? | LAITH’S RAMBLINGS

With a little more than two weeks to go, this month’s Genre Haiku Challenge is biography, and we already have ten submissions. A biography haiku is so simple, and the person can be anyone in the world; who could you haiku?

Also, a note on submission: I’ve recently changed the settings on this blog so that comments can post for up to ninety days from the date of posting, so feel free to link up to any previous challenges.