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National Haiku Writing Month starts in February 2015

November 2011 NaHaiWriMo Writing Prompts

 

Selected by Carlos Colón, Shreveport, Louisiana

 

1

Sweet indulgence.

2

Autumn foliage.

3

Tactile (something you can touch/feel).

4

Egyptian history (in honor of “King Tut” Day).

5

Social media (pros or cons).

6

Books/reading.

7

Gambling/taking a chance.

8

Scifaiku (science fiction haiku/senryu) in honor of the asteroid sighting.

9

Earthquakes (or other natural disasters).

10

Scene from a movie.

11

Veterans.

12

A whiter shade of pale.

13

Bad luck (a victim of circumstances).

14

Childhood memory.

15

Rhymeku: a haiku/senryu with a bit of internal rhyme (try to avoid end rhyme, and certainly avoid end rhyme in all three lines).

16

Feeding birds.

17

Louisiana (relating to any impressions you have about the state).

18

Deadlines (or the effects of pressure).

19

Weekend activity.

20

In a foreign land.

21

Joyous event (such as the birth of Paul David Mena’s granddaughter Zoe).

22

Rugby, soccer, or American/British football.

23

Holiday cooking.

24

Being thankful / giving thanks.

25

Relationships (parent/child, husband/wife, or other relationships).

26

Antique tool, implement, or family heirloom.

27

Write a five-word vertical haiku/senryu with one word on each line; try to avoid using “a,” “an,” or “the” if possible.

28

Dancing.

29

Write a 5-7-5 haiku or senryu on any topic. Try to craft the poem so that it will not have obvious wording that could be eliminated if you were not trying to fit the 5-7-5 structure.

30

Use this photo by Chris Fowler-Sandlin as inspiration for a poem.