The Solitary Daisy – Issue 21

peaceful Sunday
time floats
-David Brydges

winter boat rests
cold water waiting
for summer’s wings
-Jaki Sawyer

painting boat on lake –
breeze adding brushstrokes
-Anna Dean

winter chill-
the ghost ship caught
between sea and sky
-Sally Quon

Michele’s Musings

Sally and I are proud to announce the first annual Solitary Daisy Haiku Contest! Open now until March 2, 2024, we would be thrilled if you would trust us with one to three of your haiku. Judging will be done anonymously by the two of us. There is no fee to enter and there are cash prizes for the top three haiku! What’s not to love!

Member News

Either it’s been a quiet month, or everyone is keeping their news to themselves. The only news we have to offer is that so far, both Michele and Sally have been successful in their NaHaiWriMo quest, writing at least one haiku per day in the month of February. Are you participating? How are you doing? Here is one of Sally’s February haiku:

forest bathing
in winter – the sharpness
of air

Sally’s Notebook

I wanted to talk to you about something I’ve been doing that has helped fuel my haiku writing practice – keeping a gratitude journal. I know, it’s so last decade, but hear me out. Writing in my gratitude journal is the last thing I do at night before I go to bed. My practice is simple and done in bullet points. This is what I include:

  1. The date
  2. Three things I’m grateful for
  3. Three things that brought me joy
  4. One thing I’m looking forward to the following day
    I’ve found that doing this right before bed helps me to focus on the positive things about my day, which leads to a better night’s sleep. It also helps keep me in the moment. After doing this practice for a while, I started paying more attention to everything around me. What am I grateful for? What brings me joy? The more I notice these things, the more I am present in the moment, and the more tiny moments I can bring to my haiku. Give it a try!

Sally’s Notebook

There is still time to sign up for “The Way of Haiku,” a three day workshop offered by the Upaya Zen Center. It runs from February 23 – 25. Registration is by donation. Two of the many speakers at this event are Jane Hishfield and Natalie Goldberg.

The World Kigo Database offers a list of Kigo in alphabetical order. Michele has been looking for something like this for a long time! Our thanks to Mark from SeasonWords for this valuable resource.

The following deadlines are for the end of the month. As this is a leap year, I would recommend submitting by February 28, just to be on the safe side.

Acorn Haiku Journal

Prune Juice Journal of Senryu

Chrysanthemum Haiku

Kingfisher Journal

Finally, the Betty Drevniok Award closes on February 28. There is no entry fee for this award. Good luck!

This Week’s Prompt

This week, write a haiku that references melting snow. We look forward to reading your work.

For this time only, send your haiku through the Google form under the contest so that it gets counted as a contest entry!

“We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.”

The Talmud
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1 thought on “The Solitary Daisy – Issue 21”

  1. Hi Sally and Michele,
    Thanks for visiting and linking back to my website. I am glad it had some useful information. Also, thanks for the reminder about Upaya Zen Center’s workshop. I have gotten so much out of those in the past. They are wonderful.
    Take care and I look forward to following your work!

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