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Haiku: April Delights...

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” William Shakespeare
 
Haiku: April Delights...

Rising with the sun
April showers bring us love
heavenly delight

A Butterfly's life
caterpillar, chrysalis
At the end... Beauty


 This week, the prompts are: Ascent, Butterfly, Candle
 

What is a haiku?
 As Leo of Haiku Heights aptly explains, a haiku is a three line poem. It shows what the author wants us to understand from it, rather than tell it directly. The limitation to a haiku is seventeen syllables. It can be at maximum, that much. If you wish to go by the traditional Japanese structure even with English haiku, you can use a 5-7-5 syllable, or 3-5-3 syllable structure





On Haiku Heights, we are starting a month of daily (instead of weekly) haiku. I will do my best to share them with you and see how my skills develop. If you've ever wanted to try your hand at Haiku, this is a good time to start. See the prompts here and join the gang:  April Heights Haiku Month.



"The lyric sound of laughter fills the April hills. The joy-song of the crocus, the mirth of daffodils." Clinton Scollard

Haiku: April Delights...

In love's magic touch
The stubborn Ram sought refuge
Aries of the day

Taurus came calling
A bull in a china shop
Fire in the sky


Today, the words are: Aries, Taurus

What is Carpe DiemBlog Owner, Kristjaan Panneman,  describes it as:  "a weblog on haiku. It's a new daily haiku meme where you can write a classical or non-classical haiku on a given prompt. Haiku is an ancient Japanese poetry form. A haiku has three short lines and describes a short moment (as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water). Mostly a haiku counts 5-7-5 syllables and is sometimes called 'counted verse.'"





On Carpe Diem, we are headed in the direction of the zodiac signs and that should be fascinating to do. Again, if you'd like to join in, this is a good time to try your hand at haiku. Come along then, I know you can do it

More Below!


"April is a promise that May is bound to keep." Hal Borland
 
Haiku: April Delights...


In the soul's dark night
A flickering flame stands by
A path to freedom

Some Food for Thought: Do you have things you love about April? Take a moment to contemplate what April Delight or any of the suggested Haiku words mean to you? Love and Peace in 2013.

I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photographs: Butterfly, Zodiac Wheel, Candle via Wikipedia, or my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


54 comments:

  1. With that google cse issue all over the internet yesterday, I had to pull this post and fix some code problems. Happy Day to all! :-)
    Eliz

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  2. There is always beauty once the butterfly flourishes ... loved it !!!

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  3. Love that - bull in a china shop fire in the sky :) What beautiful work you have done here.

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  4. True and a great reminder to us all. Press on, step ahead! ;-) TY!
    Eliz

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  5. Good day Eliz, thank you for your contribution to the Zodiac days of Carpe Diem. I love the set of haiku you've shared here on Aries and Taurus very much. I am looking forward to your Gemini entree.

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  6. the essence of your post has started my day beautifully - that being said, it made me think back to the delight of finding a caterpillar as a child and the wonderful "tickly" feeling of it crawling up and down my arm! happy April! :) -j

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  7. Creative and expressive haiku ~ Wonderful photography and you are sooooooo creative! ^_^

    Thanks for 'visiting' and commenting ~ wow you commented on so much ~ appreciated ~ Enjoy ^_^

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  8. Well done! Love the butterfly haiku the best! Thanks for all your comments on my posts. Much appreciated. Now I know where you are!

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  9. A caterpillar blossoming to a lovely butterfly is colorful!

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  10. The butterfly's ending is perfect.
    I also love the image of the ram seeking shelter.
    Great Haiku!

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  11. Aside from May and December, I also love April. When I was still studying, I am looking forward to April because that's when the vacation usually starts. I just stayed at home most of the times watching TV and lazying around. Haha.

    Mommy Maye2

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  12. I love poems and I hope to write a haiku soon. April is Poetry Month and I would love to post poems soon.

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  13. Oh, yes! April really does bring youth to everyone. :) Next to Christmas, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

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  14. Nice Haiku on the butterfly as well as the photo you used for it.

    About Shakespeare's quote, I so agree, April does bring youth to everyone. Personally, April reminds me of my summer days when I was younger. Full of great memories.

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  15. Great! Thanks for your April and May quotes!

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  16. One of these days, I will join your Haiku challenge! :D

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  17. One of these days, I will join your Haiku challenge! :D

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  18. Everything around us are indeed beautiful and majestic. Loved the poetry just don't understand much about the images about Haiku.

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  19. Lovely April poetry.. Always love visiting your site to read the Haikus.

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  20. The butterfly in the photo looks so brave and strong. Beauty in the end.

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  21. you're a good poet. :) keep it up!

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  22. I love to see the flowers start to bloom, the butterflies everything and the smell of springs.. That's the best thing I love APRIL:) good job on the haiku's, I like them:)

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  23. I like the haiku on the butterfly. Rebirth. Transformation.

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  24. I like April because it's my birth month. I just want to ask, when writing haiku, when for example you use the word sleep, does that count as one or two syllables?

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  25. I miss your haikus. Truly poetic indeed!

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  26. like that butterfly shot and of course your haiku

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  27. Looking forward for more haikus.. :)

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  28. You make really nice haikus! Most are very inspiring, just like the butterfly's life haiku on this post.

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  29. Another interesting post! Keep it up!

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  30. I'm partial to the butterfly poetry. Beautiful as always.

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  31. I'm partial to the butterfly haiku. Beautiful poetry as always

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  32. Time certainly flies so fast. It's the middle of April and very soon May is about to come. Happy weekend!

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  33. I'm sorry; I had to scroll down to the bottom part of your essay... because I'm deathly afraid of butterflies! They're definitely not one of the things I love about April. :-(

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  34. great quotes, the butterfly is indeed beautiful

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  35. I love your haikus! April does promise new beginnings

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  36. Love your haikus as always!

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  37. So love that input "April showers bring us love, heavenly delight". Nice choices of photos as well.

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  38. i love the butterfly haiku! indeed such a beauty! :-)

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  39. I just love reading poems and haikus but I would forever be hopeless at making one hehehe.

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  40. I got the same stuff in mind with Daddy Yashiro. Quite a bit lost with some images :)

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  41. i love april even if it could be scorching hot. april means a lot of family time :)

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  42. i love april even if it could be scorching hot. april means a lot of family time :)

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  43. i love april even if it could be scorching hot. april means a lot of family time :)

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  44. each one is beautifully composed Eliz, esp the first one, delightful verses...

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  45. love the color combination of the butterfy
    missed your haikus, eliz

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  46. Your haiku gives the complete story even though its only 3 verses.

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  47. Butterflies are creatures symbolic of our transformation :)

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  48. I agree with Sabbatical gal...I love April too as I can have lots of opportunities to bond with my family.

    You are very creative. Hats off to you! :)

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  49. Hi All,
    Thank you so much for your feedback. We were having some problem with comment posting and so it sent me some duplicates. I'm glad you enjoyed the haiku and I plan to write more. I love the way it teaches us to be precise. Cheers to all! :-)
    Eliz

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  50. A butterfly's transformation starts with some struggle and difficulty, but it's all worth it because of the beauty we see at it emerges. :-)

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  51. Butterflies signify the transformation of something into beautiful.

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  52. Love the Haiku about the butterfly. Lovely!

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  53. at the end...BEAUTY!!! An inspiration to look at things positively...just like in our Zamboanga Crisis!!!

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  54. The butterfly is beautiful and your haiku. Thank you so much for sharing.

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