Two evenings after the official date of the summer solstice full moon (June 20) I was out in the car an hour before midnight. Low on the horizon I saw a huge golden moon. The lingering experience led me to write these haiku. My view wasn’t of a cityscape, but this image (public domain) is the best portrayal I could find of the type of moon I saw.
In response toRonovan Writes Haiku Challenge #101, ‘fresh’ & ‘wind’. Ronovan’s challenge is to write haiku that include the two prompt words or their synonyms. The prompt words this week stimulated a few themes for me.
These thoughts about slave ship voyages and rebellions emerged from a book that I am still reading–by award-winning Canadian author, Lawrence Hill: The Book of Negroes (also titled: Someone Knows my Name). The novel traces the life of a young African girl who is kidnapped in 18th century Africa, survives a slave ship passage across the Atlantic and is sold as a slave in South Carolina. The cruelties portrayed are very hard to read about, but I stick with it in honor of those who had to endure it in real life. The dignity and goodness of the main character, Aminata Diallo, are also compelling.
The spark that helped me get this post rolling was the snow geese painting offered by Jane Dougherty aspoetry prompt #34. She also offered prompt words, which I sampled in the first poem and fully used in the second: Aerial, Profound, Murmur, Splintering, Spark.
These three haiku are inspired by recent days in a Northern spring (44.3° N). The second and third incorporate prompt words from Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge #91: ‘fray’ & ‘veiled’ (secret=veiled). Please follow the link if you have the urge to read more haiku or to write your own haiku poetry.
Published in 1962, Island was Aldous Huxley’s last novel ; Chuck Palahniuk is a contemporary American author; and Jarod Kintz is a contemporary American author known for his humour. I discovered these quotes on Goodreads.