This song was the inspiration for the prompt words of the Haiku Challenge this week. Getting here was a roundabout way, from watching magic/syfy on Netflix, to thinking through during my quiet time about my current book idea, and ultimately having the words he’s a magic man come to mind. Well, being a child of the 80s means I also listened to a lot of music in the 70s. And thus, here we are.
Imagine my surprise when I began my research of this song and finding a Marine’s daughter who chased after this older man who left for Canada to avoid the draft and Vietnam. Yes, a whole lot of that song is autobiographical.
Ann Wilson was that girl, still living at home and going to art college, and meeting future band mate and manager (and older man) Mike Fisher. Ann stated in a Rolling Stone’s interview that during one of those phone conversations with her mother she was even asked if she were taking birth control. The early 70s was beyond the Marine wife’s comprehension.
Now you have a bit introduction into how Ann ended up being a rock goddess and member of the hall of fame, along with her sister Nancy. The sisters even dated brothers who were both in the band. Both couples broke up in 1979. Ann is married with children and Nancy, is now married again after divorcing director Cameron Crowe ending their 24 year marriage.
Ann was the lead singer, dark-haired beauty with a voice to wake the devil and warn him she was coming. She was told by industry people that she was the face while her younger sister Nancy was the body. Ann used drugs and starved herself trying to stay thin.
We have a few authors who are members of our Haikumily here. Click the RED Author link next to their names to go to their Amazon Author pages.
Closing Haiku This Week.
Red feathers on grass,
Sign of passing life to life,
Mother bird and young.
Ritu: Sesame Street Silliness or My Title for it “That’s Just Wrong!” | But I Smile Anyway… Well my title for it should make you go check this one out. Where Ritu’s mind goes I just…well we know where it goes but how does it get there is the question.
Sue Vincent (Author): Red | Daily Echo A great Haiku that turned into “What do you see in the image?” fest. What do you see in the water? Sue is of course an author, that many of you probably know with a LOT to offer. Check out the link for her Amazon page.
Janice: Poem #1 Red Cross | Ontheland & Poems #2-4 Upset Idiom, Canine Ambush and Childhood Memory | Ontheland Just a few from our friend Janice. 🙂
stu0sbloc9: Sunset | Pitter Patter Poetry A great deal of imagery in this one and symbolism as well.
Elke: Red bird | writingindevizes Um, all I can say is you have to go see…I mean read to believe. Enjoy and be entertained. 🙂
NEW! Maylian Leo: Calling Passion & Natures Formation | personalselfperfection I say Maylian Leo even though the link says anonymous because the copyright on the poetry has that name. Definitely kept with the nature aspect of Haiku. Very peaceful offerings. Enjoyed.
Florence: The End | MEANINGS AND MUSINGS Considering the title I almost put this one at the end instead of the order it arrived. Wait until you read it and see who actually wrote it. Chills I tell you. Our poor future. @FTThum
BeckyG: Rather Red Than a Blackbird on Your Head: beckygblog.com Very nice take on the prompts and loving that background photo on the blog.
Juliette: College Bound & Year Round Beauty| Battered Wife Seeking Better Life Loved the photo used here as well as the sentiments in the two Haiku. @bwseekingbl
Shailzaa: Red Bird Waiting?| fewunsaidwords.wordpress.com Very interesting and original take on the prompt words. Good structure and uses the nature aspect of Haiku.
Much Respect-Much Love
Ronovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer though his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. 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 LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.
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Week #54 Haiku Challenge Review of the Words Free & Think.
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New This Week
Pat B of A season and a time: “Some of my current interests besides my family, church, and family history include the following: browsing thrift shops and antique stores, trying out new recipes as well as coming up with a few of my own, playing the piano, learning about my DNA and my health traits, and doing research on various topics.”~Just a taste of her About Page. The Haiku: The Parent Plunge. My name for her Haiku and one that doesn’t even come close to giving away what the Haiku is about. The photos she used to go along with the Haiku are her own and I have to say WOW. Am I so envious she had this experience.
First to Enter this Week:
TJ Paris of La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin: Temple. Very much like his photography. Not sure where it is that he’s not supposed to be in. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t mention it. 🙂 He also has his own type of Haiku Challenge.
Annette Rochelle Aben: Mind Your Own. That’s my choice for title of the Haiku and I think it fits. Once you read it I think you might too. First, she’s a published author, and you can visit her Amazon Author page here. One of those books has included as one of the 25 Global Voices of Social Media. She has numerous shows through The Magic Happens radio network, there is The Magic Happens Radio, then Tell Me A Story which is a weekly program. That link will take you to my interview with her. Then she has a daily show as well, Perspectivepower. And remember her being a writer for the online magazine The Magic Happens-Humanity Thriving Out Loud. Check out her inclusion in the new just realeased anthology; Indies Unlimited’s 2014 Flash Fiction Anthology here.
Judy of Edwina’s Episodes: Free to be WhatEvEr. Hmm. Sometimes it’s best not to comment. Not that I would say anything bad, but it might come across wrong. Once you read it you’ll see what I mean.
Sue Vincent from Daily Echo: Free. I think of the title The Lie when I read this one. Looking at the photo with the boundaries in the distance give visuals to the words. Very nice. Sue is one of our resident authors with a LOT of books on Amazon. Click here to check them out. @SCVincent But Check out her NEW BOOK. Available in Paperback and for Kindle.
Hugh Roberts of Hugh’s Views & News: Sauce Junkie. Um, you have to read it to get it. 🙂 And yes, I did come up with the title. Hugh is also a member of the Lit World Interviews team. You may read his contributions by clicking here.
Al of Al the Author: Three Thoughts of Free. Um, yeah, three Haiku about like you know, thoughts, thinking, and free. Some about like being staged, caged or maybe enraged. Not really sure.
Olga of Stuff and what if…: Miracles. I have several reasons for the title choice. But one is the idea of last two words in that second line. I wonder how often people feel they really can be that. A whole society like that would be a Miracle.
Ruth of Mad Meandering Me: Disappointed. So many interpretations for this one. From the silly to serious.
Eloise of Thoughts by Mell0-Elo: Breaking Boundaries. I think this is somewhat of a Haibun in that there is a short message following it. Short but important. She’s branching out. Prose + Haiku = Haibun. 🙂 Eloise is also one of our Authors. You visit Amazon.com here or Amazon UK here to check out her offerings for both children and adults.
Suzanne Miller of Art and Life: Thinking with the heart. Whoa, talk about an informative post. Not just a Haiku here. Read and enjoy.
Ritu of But I Smile Anyway…: I’m Free. She went Tanka on us this week. 🙂 A very good poem and I get the actual feel of it that she is relaying. And the message is true for us all if we want to follow it.
Meredith & Martha of Meredith’s Musings: Free Thinker and Breakup by Meredith & Freedom and Butterfly by Martha. I think Freedom is really a visual of what Martha is. 🙂
Johnoii of johnorzehowski: Limitation. Very interesting nature Haiku. Something to think about.
clickerwriter of Captured by Aishwarya: The end Spring cleaning maybe? Yard sale? Hmm.
Dr. KO of KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog: A crazu ideological teenager who still thinks that clear, free, rational thinking can save the world. Not my title. 🙂
Steven Walsky of Simplicity Lane: A mountain gives forth. A Haibun by Steven. Another one of those jealous moments for me. Check out and get Simplicity Lane free, go here for where you can get it. Through a Stranger’s Eyes here and Résumé for Love for free here.
Swatiu of imgrowing: Unfettered. Considering the prompt words, I think the title says it all. But what all does it say?
Vashti Quiroz-Vega of The Writer Next Door: Po-Po.. She got them right this week. 🙂 And I think she’s gotten a pass or two in her life. And no, not that kind of pass. Geesh you gutter minded people you. o,O Get Vashti’s current book, The Basement on Amazon by clicking here.
Marigold of Versus Blurb: Thought Security. Yeah, I have no idea where I came up with the title either. I mean, I just sort of at this point in the review am lucky to be able to even think myself. Okay so I know where I came up with it, but you have to go see why. Go purchase
Marigold Deidre Dicer’s book The Black Swan Inheritance from Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes and Noble or the iBooks store or purchase it from Amazon on Kindle by clicking here. @MarigoldDicer
E. Rawls of E. Rawls: Author creating stories and art: My Head in the Clouds and I Think. I think there will be no cloud visits unless you stay free and clear of that second one. Remember another author in the house. I think the best would be to her book page on her weebly site, http://erawls.weebly.com/
Shailzaa of Fewunsaidwords: Ego Destroyers. That last sentence kind of made me think a bit.
Claudette of to search and to find happiness in every day: Delusion. Definite true message.
Canaf of Faithful Devotionals: True Freedom. A freedom that is less and less apparent these days. Awesome image!
Skybright1 of from heart to head: Memories. Somewhat romanticalish. 🙂 I made up a word.
Jane Dougherty of Jane Dougherty Writes: Utopia. Love the peacefulness of these two. She is a published author after all. And I have interviewed her and reviewed one of her books. Visit her Amazon Author page for her books by clicking here. You can read my interview with her and her co-author here which has a link to my review.
My Haiku: The greatest opportunity.
And the Closing Haiku:
Free from all complaints
In the middle of great bliss,
I think of problems.
Much Love, Much Success, and Much Respect,
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TJ Paris is first in this week with a great Haiku as well as his usual great photography on display.
Fill your mind’s temple
With thoughts of a joyful world
Where the heart runs free
Ronovan writes promts this week are free and think. A lovely pairing indeed!
Thanks to Ronovan for his ongoing inspiration and also for the time and effort that he puts into the challenge. Thanks also for the wonderful and inspiring Haikuists out there who show what can be done with this deceptively simple form.
I have made a compilation of some of the Haiku I have written as part of “TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge” below if you would like to read some more haiku based on prompts from household objects. You can find this week’s prompt by clicking HERE .
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