Poetry Friday: A Haiku from Nephew and #poemsofpresence

Thanks to Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup
for hosting all the Poetry Friday Goodness

On Tuesday, I received a text from my niece. Her son, Oliver, wrote a haiku and she shared it with me. She also asked him if I could post it here for my wide Poetry Friday community. and he said yes.

chirping crickets here
they could be opera singers
spring has come to us

©Oliver (2020)

Oliver wrote a wonderful #poemofpresence. I will forever hear crickets as opera singers. My responses:

scratchy eyes
cottonwood fluff puffs
spring arrives

©jone rush macculloch (2020, draft)

each morning
crow on the feeder

©jone rush macculloch (2020, draft)

I felt a bit stuck this week. As I wrote in my notebook page which seemed to span between May 11-15, I wondered if sometimes when you feel stuck it’s your brain’s way of doing work, puzzling things out at a deeper level. These #poemsofpresence happened. Not all made it on Twitter

rather stay at home

©jone rush macculloch (2020, draft)

class pages
writing twelve hundred words
a mountain

©jone rush macculloch (2020, draft)

rain taps the window
writing day

©jone rush macculloch (2020, draft)

each drawing
circles, swirls entwine

©jone rush macculloch (2020, draft)

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11 Responses to Poetry Friday: A Haiku from Nephew and #poemsofpresence

  1. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, I do like Oliver’s poem. Your drafts are interesting poems that came from a week of wondering and you filled fille your notebook with many thoughts that look like you were able to be un-stuck!

  2. margaretsmn says:

    Doesn’t it make you feel so special when a family member not only appreciates your poetry but wants to play along. I love Oliver’s opera. You encourage and inspire new writers. I don’t know if I ever thanked you for the precious post card skinny poem. I am doing lessons for an open channel locally and want to do one on writing a skinny poem. I will use it as a mentor text.

  3. Hoory for your nephew writing a haiku–it’s lovely. Yours are, too. I especially like the rain tapping on the window!

  4. Sally Murphy says:

    Well done Oliver. He has a good role model in his aunt. Thanks for sharing all of these wonderings, Jone.

  5. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says:

    Hurray for Oliver! I hope he continues to hold poetry in his heart as he grows up—he’s clearly got a talent for it, just like his prolific Aunt Jone. I’ve enjoyed reading the ones you’ve shared here (I especially love “each morning”) and on Twitter. Don’t forget to post one or two of your faves on the padlet this month! 🙂 https://padlet.com/TodaysLittleDitty/PoemsOfPresence

  6. maryleehahn says:

    Good job, Oliver! And thanks for the peek into your notebook, Jone!

  7. lindabaie says:

    Oliver’s haiku is lovely. Tell him I will listen to our crickets with new ideas when they appear. None here yet! I love your thoughts & your notebook pages, Jone. I need to start a new notebook & somehow have been putting it off. Perhaps I’ll start with some circles!

  8. Linda Mitchell says:

    Hooray, Oliver! Well done. You have an ear for poetry…that is very special. Treasure it. Jone, all the moments you’ve collected are beautiful. I love how you capture your days. Someday, I would love to sit with you and a pack of markers in a coffee shop. We wouldn’t need to say a word…just doodle in journals and write….let the circles take any stress.

  9. jama says:

    Wonderful haiku, Jone! Enjoyed Oliver’s crickets! I think you’re right about feeling stuck — the brain needs a little more time to figure things out.

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