RonovanWrites 74th #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Review

This week you’ll notice the Haiku are divided into different categories and there is even an Authors Central divided into categories as well. The new Freku poetry form entries are at the bottom. Freku is not really a challenge, but for those trying it out, I thought I would list them here. Also, you can use it for the challenge form if you wish, considering the final part of Freku is a Haiku.

Visit those you haven’t.

Some of you may wonder why I don’t comment all the time on your Haiku posts. Sometimes I would end up saying the same thing twice, therefore I keep the comments for the review. You may also notice I don’t click like on your link comment in the Challenge post or on your blog post until the weekends normally. The like is my way of knowing I have put you in the review. I’ve read your Haiku before that.

Thank you for so many checking their ping backs.

Haiku Review 74




New Offenders!

NEW! Terri: Howl at the Moon | The BeeSpeak. Good nature Haiku with a good us of the prompt words in their original form. Structure is perfect. “This is a blog about looking for lessons in everyday life leading to positive BeeSpeak, Bee-haviors and Bee-liefs. I am a cautiously optimistic over-thinker ready to embrace the bright side of everyday life! I want to stress less and laugh more. I want to find joy in simple moments and share that joy when I can. Join me in my journey along the beeline!”

NEW! Erica Herd: Shadow Wolf | Suburban Hobo. Oh my. So many phobia alerts in this one. Where to start? Enter if you dare!!! When I was a teenager living in Hollywood, California in the late 70s, Woody Guthrie fascinated me. I borrowed his autobiography, Bound for Glory, from the library and read it voraciously as if it were my Creed. I wanted to live his life—free, riding the rails, playing my guitar. I learned to play “This Land is Your Land,” “This Train is Bound for Glory” and other songs he wrote. The hobo’s life for me . . . wanderlust!” continue to read on the author’s site.

NEW! Jael Aster: Red Caped Haiku Fairy Tale | Laszulitopia. Interesting how a certain theme goes through a couple of Haiku this time around. I didn’t think about this. But that’s one reason the challenge is so much fun to read, if not participate in, you get to see how minds work with two words. “As I open yet another blog, it’s the fall-winter holidays ~~ everyone’s busy, maybe excited, possibly depressed.  Here in Lazulitopia mood swings are the norm, with muses doing their best to keep up (that’s a cautionary note, so Readers ~ Beware).  Depending on what you like to read about…it could be an interesting visit.” continue to read on the author’s site.

NEW! Frances Otung: of cake and wolf (The Deceiver) | imanikingblog. Okay, the Haiku is very nice, no comedy to it. But that picture used? I am about to die!!! HAHAHAHA! Okay, I’ve recovered now. Frances participates in the Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen each week, I’m happy to see her jumping into the Haiku pool. “The last time I checked, I’m human with my own peculiarities, fetishes, ‘craze’ and cravings. Beyond that which makes me human, I’m supernatural with a love of and for books. Beautifully bonded journals beckon on me to…click to continue to read on the author’s blog.”  

First to Offend this Week!

Tessa: The Cake | Writing is my life. Maybe this one should have been named Dog Gone.   HUMOR

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Resume for Love by Steven S. WalskySteven S. Walsky (Author): The Cake | Simplicity Lane. Nature and Humor together in this one. I’m glad Steven included the cake in the Haiku and not a synonym, otherwise those last lines would have been kind of creepy. Click the Author link above to go to Steven’s blog where you will find all the available places for each book. He’s varied.

A Haiku Perspective 2015 by Annette Rochelle AbenAnnette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Cookie Monster? | Annette Rochelle Aben. Looks like Annette got a little confused. Not really, but you’ll find out what I mean when you check her Haiku out.  Click the image for the story and the great purpose behind her endeavor.  Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert

Room in Hell: Book 5 by Greg PierceNagrij or (Greg Pierce). (Author): The easier meal | Nagrij Writes the Hits You Never Knew Existed.  What happens after the story … maybe … in the PETA book of fairy tales.  You can check out the list of books on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.

The-Mystical-Hexagram-Sue-VincentSue Vincent (Author):  Predator | Daily Echo. Sue gives us one that fits in many categories. She pulled out the big gun for this one. I can tell it’s late in the week for this one being posted from the number of likes so far. This subject always blows up her blog whenever it appears. That should be a big hint for all Sue Vincent fans.  Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent
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Silver Lightning by Wendy Anne DarlingWendy Anne Darling (Author): Big Bad Wolf | Wendy Anne Darling. A message of not wasting the moment. Check out Wendy’s book Silver Lightning on Amazon at the Author link above.

The Dark Citadel by Jane DoughertyA MUST READ Jane Dougherty (Author): Famine Eyes | Jane Dougherty Writes. Nice take on the prompt. Jane took her imagination places with this one. This could be under SUSPENSE as well. Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above.

Mankind Limited by Scott BaileyScott Bailey (AUTHOR): Wolf in Snow | thehouseofbailey. These authors need to get out more often. Their imaginations are crazy. Another site too, Poet’s Corner is another site with the same Haiku if you want to visit.  As you may notice Scott is an Author, by clicking HERE or the AUTHOR link above you may visit his UK Amazon author page. Click the IMAGE for 

The Dragon Tempest by D.B. Mauldin and others.A MUST READ D.B. Mauldin (Author): The Victory Dinner | mama bear musings. Nature, fairy tale, and more, in a three Haiku story. Very Nice. Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.

After the Ruin by Harriet GoodchildH. M. Goodchild (Author): Alternative/Blurred Line | Folksong and Fantasy. I chose the titles for the two Haiku this week. Blurred Line comes from, not the song, but from the imagery I personally get from that second line of the second Haiku. H. M. Goodchild is found on Amazon as Harriet Goodchild, yes, we have another author joining us. Click the Author link above to go to her Amazon Author page. 
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Spiritshine by Janni StylesJanni Styles (Author): Wolf Cakes | JanniStyles1. You’re all thinking I came up with that title, and you’re wondering if there is some wolf in a bikini waiting for you, right? Maybe it is, or maybe it’s not. Check her author page and books out on Smashwords by clicking the Author link above. One is a “wee collection of verse” and one is a collection of short stories and BOTH are FREE for now! 

Christine Randall: Consume | Christine R (Trying to keep the brain cells alive.) This one has an amazing photo with it for you nature lovers. Don’t hate because you can’t grow things like this. I almost created a new category for this but I think it falls here nicely. Also visit her Author site, CJRANDALL.COM.

Bleeding Heart by Elizabeth RawlsE. Rawls (Author):  You Better Watch Out/Through the Window | Rawls E. Fantasy. Two Haiku with the opposite feelings given for the two sentences formed in each. Very nice job.  Check out Bleeding Hearts, a collection of short stories, poems, and riddles, at Elizabeth’s Author page on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.  @VChronicles_


The Basement by Vashti Quiroz-VegaVashti Quiroz-Vega (Author): Broken Heart Syndrome | The Writer Next Door. A bit sad, but unfortunately a fact of life. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV
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Dorn Simon-Sinnott: When Daylight Appears | The Writer Behind DornDryad’s Blog. Well this one was a bit more literal than I expected.

Geetha Prodhom: It Was Tea For Two | Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog. A Senryū , or a humorous, somewhat dark and cynical look at things type of poetry. Most often it is about foibles of man to the absurd. This one is almost a fairy tale and perhaps it is. I thought of Alice in Wonderland meets Little Red Riding Hood. 17 stanzas long. Meaning 17 Haiku in this case. Also a great youtube song by Doris Day.

Meredith & Martha: Crystal Ball/Wolfie Dreams by Meredith and McKinley/Lobo by Martha | Meredith’s Musings. This appears in Humor but there is one, Lobo, that should be in NATURE. But Three out votes One, so here we are. And it’s not all about Humor, but the three make you smile. @Meredithlbl

Judy: Bad Girl | Edwina’s Episodes. I think The Lady Judy has given us a glimpse into her childhood here with a possible quote from her parents. @EdwinasEpisodes

Clarence: The Guillotine | PrarieChat. Not exactly humor, unless you have a historical thought process like mine, but I’m putting it here in Humor anyway. I actually understand the context of the phrase used, seeing as I took a whole quarter in college devoted to French Revolution History. And we also have The Fix Is In!, a commentary on the business world.

Mira: in love | To Wear a Rainbow. Calling this one humor might be surprising to some, but I think the thought processes behind the actions, well I can see them and they bring a smile and a chuckle to me. There you have it. @BediMona

Sandra: Contrast | Wild Daffodil. There are two Haiku, but I’m focusing on the first one. The Wild One might not see this as humor, but the fun I received from it tells me differently. The imagery and the truth of it makes it a sweet Haiku people will smile at when they read. The second Haiku is nice, but not humor and the first is so good and there is so much sentiment in it that it steals the show.

Lizl: Jumbled Fairy Tales | Quilted Poetry. This is a bit disturbing once you sit and think about it a few moments. But I felt a section titled DISTURBING might not get a lot of clicks for the author. Actually it’s not disturbing just, um, yeah, you go read.

Dr. Kottaway: Where wolf | KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog. I don’t know. Maybe she’s dreaming?

Marje: Cake A la Sharp Fangs Santa/No Wolfish Sexism Allowed | Kyrosmagica. Well, I don’t see what she means by that second one. All three are allowed, right? (That was not typed me be. I was hacked.) @Marjorie_Mallon

Greg: Cake on Her Face | Potholes in the Road of Life. Greg pulls one from the tabloid vaults for this one. @greg_wolford
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Clarence: The She-Wolf | PrarieChat. This week Clarence gives a Tanka about just what the title implies. 

Ronovan: Gasps for Breath | Ronovan Writes. A Freku, my own poetry creation, with the final lines being the Haiku for the challenge. @RonovanWrites

Diedré M. Blake: Howling Grief | Toward The Within. A lot of human nature in this one. A fact of life we all do, but we all deny and refuse to see.

Kat: Ladies Man? | like mercury colliding. Three Haiku telling a true story, perhaps not of anyone specific, but of many in general.

AC Elliott Prowling Wolves | File Cabinet Ramblings. This could be in NATURE but to me it falls here. At least that’s the message I’m getting. @elliott_ac

Colleen Chesebro: The Lothario/Temptation | Silver Threading.  I wasn’t sure to put these two in HUMOR, LIFE MOMENTS, here, or create a new one entirely, but I think with humans being included in both and so forth and so on, here you are. @ColleenChesebro

Sarina The switch | Shining Seeds I guess life brings a switch at times.  @shiningseeds

Patricia: Wolf Down | A season and a time. You might get the meaning of this by the title … in a way. Then there is a touch more to it, at least from my thinking as I sit back and consider the possibilities.

Nato: Love Like a Wolf | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams.  Um, just go read. I am still recovering. Visit Michelle Lunato Photography as well. @MichelleLunato
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Alice: The Cause | Boomerang Zone. A bit of suspense and mystery in this Tanka. I sometimes wonder how people think. Then I come to my senses and stop. @Vidocq_CC

Ritu: Dessert/Victim-a tanka | But I Smile Anyway. These are two separate Haiku in one post. The first is exactly the obvious I was thinking of in my comment on the challenge post. And she even says it is the obvious interpretation. What I find interesting is the two titles go together. Maybe the first Haiku is why the actions in the second one are taking place. You never know who might have a sweet tooth. @PhantomGiggler

A MUST READ Olga: Like a Wolf | Stuff and what if. The imagery this one brings to mind is powerful, at least it is to me. I can see it and feel it. The more times I read it the more I get into the action of it.

Wesley Hollifield: Down Again | NearlyWes. I can feel this one. The event taking place can be painful. We all do it. It’s part of life. We hate it at times, but we have to do it. The fact doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. And thanks to Wes for encouraging others to give the Challenge a try. Nice little blurb given.

Mira: handle with care | They, You And Me. Taking your time is something important in many parts of life. @BediMona

Al: Natures of the Beast  | A Certain Point of View. Have you noticed the new name of Al’s Blog? We get FOUR Haiku this week on a theme. He even those in some pop culture for us. @AlistairLane,

Jen (JK): Being Free | The Secret Keeper. I think suspense fits this one quite nicely as a category.  @occultguardian

R. Todd: Predator | A Flash of Fiction. A play on a theme that people have been doing. I was surprised the first time I saw it, and am still surprised with each interpretation. @psibrone
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Janice: Edible Art| Ontheland. I named this Triumph before the Fall before I saw the name given. I think we can all identify with this one. You admire it, then you destroy it. That initial moment of sadness is replaced by something else.  @ontheland1

A MUST READ Elusive: Tribulation | Elusive Trope. Powerful piece. Not much else I can say.

Prakash: Not a Cake Walk | Its PH. I think Prakash may just have given the most appropriate message. @itsPHTweet

Florence: The Shame of it All  | Meanings And Musings. Not sure how she knows how I looked but whatever. @FTThum

Becky G: Gulping | Becky G? Oh, that’s me! Do you think you can guess what this one is about? Get this, her second line has only two words.


Ken G.: Patience | RIVRVLOGR. After the storm is when you need worry.

Carol Campbell: Lone | WritersDream9. GROSS. Well not really, but it does have a ookey aspect. 

Denis: do wolves eat cake? | Haiku hound. We receive a lesson this week. In a fun form and with a visit from one of our favorite subjects.

Becky G: Creeping | Becky G? Oh, that’s me! Becky asks you to use your imagination in this offering. So, um, use your imagination.
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TJ Paris: Let them eat Marie |La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. Before anyone gets the wrong idea, this is a historical reference. Alright? I almost expected a crumb of cake on some antique china, but we get something better. And from someone who studied a whole quarter of just French Revolution History at University, I enjoyed this one. @Roccoco_a_GoGo
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A bit of explanation here, for one, this is not a Haibun. This is my new form of Haiku. A free prose poem combined with a closing Haiku that retells the original poem in the Haiku form. You can see the article about it by clicking HERE. There is a link there of my example, or click Gasps for Breath.

Al: Al has written a Freku, but in two parts. First there is the long form prose called Magic.  Then he read about my Freku and joined in the fun and gave us Magic Haiku. @AlistairLane

Willow: Caribbean Blue | willowdot21 (An insight to a heart mind and soul.) A getaway type of verse and Haiku. Very nicely done. Good rhyming.

Geetha Prodhom: Broken memories my staff. | Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog. A story with a meaning to the title you might not think of. The Haiku portion is down lower. Make sure to look at the entire post. That last part at the bottom is just freaky, man.

jazzytower (PR): Chance | Thoughts and Entanglements. Powerful story, sad, but I hope a happy ending.

Melissa: Musical Therapy | The Aran Artisan. A fun offering with some Song  Homages including that some of you will get. @TheAranArtisan

Janice: Nesting Instincts| Ontheland. I first looked at this and thought nesting insects and was afraid to go look. Whew, lucked out. Janice gives us a nature’s eye view of things.  @ontheland1
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Ronovan HesterRonovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in December of 2015. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as

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18 thoughts on “RonovanWrites 74th #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Review

  1. ❤ the way you structured this round-up! I shall pour myself a second cuppa and do what I love to do most on Sundays and that is to visit ALL the haiku again. Thank you for this grand fun and oh, yes, the cookies! ❤

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  2. Ronovan! What a sweet and thoughtful review – thank you so much. I’m glad you saw the humour in the first haiku as my Mum used to be so full of hilarious one-liners and she can still make us laugh with her outbursts and reactions, and we can laugh together. So glad you enjoyed the post.

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  3. Thanks Ron for your wonderful comment. As a relative newcomer to writing haiku and being inspired/challenged/sometimes boggled by your weekly prompts, you just made my day. Merry Christmas! Wishing you many blessings!

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