205days until
National Haiku Writing Month starts in February 2015

May 2012 NaHaiWriMo Writing Prompts

 

Selected by Sheila Windsor

 

1

roots

2

recycling

3

mother

4

ruby

5

sea or body of water

6

intimacy

7

fear

8

orange

9

power

The model I'm taking my inspiration from for this month of daily prompts is: the chakras. We've grounded and let go of old stuff with the base or root chakra (the colour red). We've gone with the loving flow of the sacral chakra (orange). Now we're about to explore the solar plexus chakra, which is associated, among other things, with personal power. 

10

ball

11

a meal

12

sun or sunshine

13

break/broken

14

a child or children

15

rose or roses

16

drum or music

17

voice (one’s own)

We've left the heart chakra and moved up to level five, the throat chakra. This is the chakra associated with self expression, speaking one's truth, and clear and honest communication.

18

mirror

19

tea

20

blue

21

open or opening

First prompt for level six, the third eye chakra, situated in the middle of the forehead (and same position at the back of the head—all chakras apart from root and crown operate at the front and back of the body). The colour is indigo. This is the chakra of seeing not with the physical eyes, but with the eye of consciousness.

22

ink

23

Hortensia Anderson in memoriam

24

perspective

25

letting go

26

rainbow

27

dragonfly

28

circle/spiral

29

touch

That completes our journey through the chakras. Let’s exercise the sense of touch, generally under-explored in haiku. Use the word if you wish, or convey via context.

30

borrowed/found haiku

31

smell/taste