Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Month of Poetry 2013 #1: Sun-born

I missed the boat on signing up as an official participant of this year's Month of Poetry challenge, but I think I am going to try to do it all the same. Not all of my poems will wind up here, I'm sure, but I've mentally committed to writing one each day this month, for my own interest and enjoyment if nothing else.

So, to get things started, here is a New Years Day haiku for a summer country. I am not very good at haiku although I would like to be; it's a form that appeals to me immensely. I carefully counted out my syllables on this one (I went with the traditional, 5x, 7x, 5x syllables) so I think it is technically correct, even if not beautiful and graceful!

Let me know what you think...


born in heat, the year
is greeted with bright kisses
the sun triumphant.

a summer country
welcomes the new with cold wine
laughter, and blown roses.

grass lies brown, brittle
citrus runs rampant, ripens
while gentler buds close.

days are long, the sun
rules sky, sand, and sea, coaxing
diamonds from water.

fair-skinned girls pinken
under its imperious
far-flung stellar mouth.

hot days and warm nights
a new year rung in by bells
of cicada swarms.

born in heat, the year
signalls its promise like scent
a musk in the night.

- Kathy, 1/1/13


  1. Ahhh, I *wish* I could write poetry. Really love this one.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. Happy New Year to you too, and thank you :-)