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Hi Y'all, I have been away for over a year to care for my husband (with amazing assistance from St Joseph's Hospice) and to finish the last of my 40 year financial career.  November 30, 2021 I closed my Agency two weeks after my husband of 58 years, passed.  I'm still taking care of loose ends from my former life but I am tentatively picking up the pen and want to get back into writing. 

Reading that February is Haiku Month was the spark that I needed to ease in.  So here I am on February 1, 2022, Chinese New Year - The Year of the Tiger.    Maybe a haiku a day for 28 days will get me going.  You are welcome to join me if you feel so inclined.  I missed this community.

~~Tink

2022 #1

sleeping tiger wakes
to the sounds of celebration
Gong hei fat choy!
                         jvg

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Feb 2, Groundhog Day
2022   #2  

Punxsutawny Phil
saw his shadow this morning
winter, six more weeks
                         jvg

I promise I'll get better. 
I'd never seen a real live groundhog until I took a trip a few years ago and visited Pennsylvania.  While driving in a rural area one early evening we noticed an animal just pop up out of the ground then pop back down. It was the size of a medium sized dog.   It so intrigued us we had to stop and watch.  From then on we were very aware of the groundhog activity in open fields and just drove around looking for them.  They must be terrible on good farmland but in an open field, so fun to watch. 

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Feb 4,  Opening Day, 24th Winter Olympics, Bejing China
2022 #4

single drop of ink
creates turbulent river  
host city locked down
                 ~~~ jvg

2022 #5

Stepford Wives' smiles
behind opening speakers
Bejing's welcome
                    ~~jvg



 I was expecting something spectacular along the lines of China's last Olympic opening with those amazing drummers.  I'm totally disappointed, a bit creeped out, and a little angry at the transparent political postures of the opening ceremonies. Did anyone else find the smiling faces behind the speakers at the opening ceremony creepy?   And what was with the caldron?  A candle flame in a paper snowflake?  

Let the games begin!    

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February 6   National Pay a Compliment Day
2022 # 7

your attention
to my scribbles on this page
complete its purpose
                         ~~jvg

Thanks for reading

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36 minutes ago, tonyv said:

Haiku in iambic pentameter? 🤔

Very inventive Tony.  We were in touch, thank you for that.

Wednesday Feb 9
2022 # 10

to stay at home
and not to stray today
I guess, I'll play 
            jvg

iambic not pentameter but under 17 syllables short/long/short  haiku

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5 minutes ago, Tinker said:

to stay at home
and not to stray today
I guess
, I'll play 

Welcome home, Judi. I love the ambivalence ... 😊

Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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Friday Feb 11  Peppermint Patty Day
2022 #12

"important" papers
clutter my desk, wait order
one page at a time
                 ~~jvg

I've now been retired 2 months and 11 days and I still have paperwork to complete to finalize the close of my agency.  This includes a fiduciary audit and a Workers Comp audit.   Busy bureaucracy.  I hate spread sheets.  
 

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Saturday Feb 12  Abraham Lincoln's Birthday  14th President of the United States of America

Taking a side trip from haiku and include a tanka today.

Honest Abe

War between brothers
raged to preserve a union.
Way of life threatened,
chains of the enslaved, broken.
President Lincoln prevailed.
                           ~~jvg

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Monday Feb 21 President's Day and my granddaughter Trinity's 21st birthday
2022 #21

little black dress
Delta Zeta induction
high heeled shoes

Tuesday  Feb 22
2022 #22

heavy eye lids
cloak tired oculus
still sleep eludes


Wednesday Feb 23
2022 # 23

field of yellow blooms
in green grass bend in the wind
chilled by the north
 

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March 1,  Fat or Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras

2022 #29

booze, boobs and bangles
saxophones wail cool jazz
tomorrow we fast

Well I did it.   A haiku a day for the month of February.  Not always well done, and a couple were late being posted but there are 28 haiku in 28 days with an added bonus for March 1 in honor of Mardi Gras.

Hopefully this exercise unlocked my writer hiatus and I can get some regular writing going. But I still don't feel ready to just let the ink flow.  I will go back to basics and use some of the forms and genres I researched of which I haven't before written examples in an attempt to wake my muse. 

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