Then I remembered that I wrote a bunch of haiku a few months back for a “Haiku Death Battle.” Yes, I live in a community of kooky, talented and funny expat English teachers where we actually participate in such things. I considered posting one of those haiku today, but that would be cheating.
I also considered throwing a bunch of random thoughts together and pretending to emulate Gertrude Stein. Here’s an example:
Coloring high means that the strange reason is in front not more in front behind.
Not more in front in peace of the dot. – From Tender Buttons
But that would be cheating, too, sort of. So this is what I came up with:
The Ninth Day
That was just too depressing, so I tried again.
In darkness, a beam of light
The camera captures
Words of hope written backwards
OK. It’s basically another haiku, and it only took five minutes to write, but it’s a poem and this challenge is complete! And, you know, I actually feel some creative energy returning. Hooray for poetry!
How did Day 9 go for you? Wanna share your poem with us?
Tomorrow’s Challenge: Be Kind to a Stranger
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