Sunday, February 8, 2015

when February is here... NaHaiWriMo, first week

February,known as the shortest month for writing the shortest form of poetry, has been synonymous for me with NahaiWriMo since  2012. Though NaHaiWriMo continues on Facebook throughout the year,February is special as NaHaiWriMo founder Michael Dylan Welch himself is the prompter this month with a new prompt each day and many old and new poets in the haiku community join in and take up the challenge."Challenge"...hmm, you can say that again, because MDW is a real tough and ruthless prompter and it gets really challenging to tackle the prompts he throws our way day in , day out. Yet that must be the reason why NHWM is on its 5th year and I am doing it for the fourth year in a row.And if you're not participating in this February event, yet inquisitive about it , read on.

This year all the prompts star with the alphabet "N" (as part of a continuing alphabetical series. Last month Chrissi Villa's prompts had all started with "M" and next month it would be "O" and so on.) and we were informed that in the first week, they would all be adverbs Though I had sat and made a list of all the N-words we are likely to encounter in the course of this month, I had never bargained for this twist in the tale.

However, these were the prompts for the first week and my own rather feeble responses to some of them.

1st Feb:  NOW

the distance between
me and my teacup

2nd Feb:  NOISILY

hard rain
how noisily he strums
the guitar


midnight gravel crunch
the way the old house


storefront mannequin so nakedly the dawn

5th Feb:  NONSTOP

nonstop the woods till the cicadas' end


no thoughts
of tomorrow...
falling petals

7th Feb: NEAREST

paper boat
the poem that found
the Polaris


Anonymous said...

I love 'storefront mannequin' and 'hard rain'. Very unusual ones.

sanjuktaa said...

Hehe...thank you!Ki bolechhilaam?