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Deborah P Kolodji
14 March 2015 @ 04:08 am
another thousand miles
the oil change light
still red

- Deborah P Kolodji
Deborah P Kolodji
10 March 2015 @ 04:08 am
desert moon
the twisted apparition
of a Joshua Tree

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Deborah P Kolodji
07 March 2015 @ 04:08 am
the gossip
of backyard birds
home office

- Deborah P Kolodji

For the prompt "office" I immediately thought of my home office. Working from home remotely calls for a totally different office dynamics.
Deborah P Kolodji
06 March 2015 @ 04:08 am
The March NaHaiWriMo prompts all start with the letter "O". So far, I haven't been stumped. It's interesting how some prompts draw out memories and others just sit there and do nothing.

The March 3rd prompt was "occasion" which reminded me of my mother's birthday in May a year ago where my sister, my mother, and I rented a beach house in Oceanside for a few days. It was glorious, listening to the sound of the surf all night long, waking up to breakfast watching the waves from the kitchen and living room, or sitting on the balcony to eat. I wish we could do it every year!

beach house
even the ocean sings
Happy Birthday

The March 4th prompt was "odd". I came up with a haiku out of my background in Mathematics. Unfortunately, I've chosen not to post it here. Haiku journals have varied requirements as to what is defined as "previously published." Some do not count blogs, facebook and twitter posts/tweets as previously published. Some do not count facebook or twitter, but count blogs. Others only exclude facebook "groups." Anyway, I want to try my "odd" haiku at a place that doesn't accept haiku that has been posted on blogs.

The March 5th prompt was "oeuf" which apparently means "egg" in French, as well as "love" in tennis.

wind chimes
outside my window
robin eggs

This nest and these eggs were so many years ago that it feels like I dreamed it.

- Deborah P Kolodji
Deborah P Kolodji
05 March 2015 @ 04:08 am
sun on the water
a night heron obscured
by magnolia branches

- Deborah P Kolodji

At the Los Angeles County Arboretum, a few blocks from my home, there is a black-crowned night heron who currently likes to hang out in a Southern Magnolia tree on the shores of Baldwin Lake. I used to be able to find a night heron (an older bird) in the bald cypress across from the Queen Anne House, but I haven't seen him there much lately. However, the bird tends to sit in the magnolia tree in such a way that he's barely visible, so when I saw the prompt for March 2nd, "obscure," the poem just popped out!
Deborah P Kolodji
04 March 2015 @ 04:08 am
pink oasis
in a barren garden
cherry tree

- Deborah P Kolodji

This poem was written for the March 1, 2015 NaHaiWriMo prompt "oasis." It was inspired by a ginko walk at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, California with the Southern California Haiku Study Group.

The garden itself is not barren, but most of the cherry trees in the Sakura Meadow haven't started to bloom. Yet, there was this one cherry tree, near the amphitheatre that was gloriously blooming and inspired haiku from all of us.

I managed to write a poem for each of the February NaHaiWriMo prompts which meant that I ended up writing 109 haiku in February, a new record for me. So, I'm going to try to write to the March prompts, too, and see how it goes!
Deborah P Kolodji
01 March 2015 @ 04:08 am
February 28 prompt: Neglect

the neglected gravestone
in the row above his

- Deborah P Kolodji

(My father disliked carnations, so we have declared his grave a "no carnations allowed" zone.)
Deborah P Kolodji
28 February 2015 @ 04:08 am
February 26 prompt: Narrow

layers of red
draw us in deeper . . .
Zion Narrows

February 27 prompt: Nominate

for best customer service
quarter-end moon

It's interesting how prompts can trigger memories. When I saw the prompt "narrow," which Michael Dylan Welch had intended to be used as a verb, all I could think of was Zion National Park and how Yvette and I started hiking into the Narrows, but we needed to hike back out to catch a Shakespeare Play in Cedar City. But, the view kept getting better and better the more we walked in, so it was hard to turn away and leave. We made a promise to go back and hike the Narrows. One day, huh?

No matter what company I've worked for, we've always had these quarter-end results meetings, which is all I could think of, beyond Presidential nominations, for the word "nominate."
Deborah P Kolodji
27 February 2015 @ 04:09 am
Happy 220th anniversary to Union College, host of Haiku North America 2015.


I suppose I should start figuring out how I'm getting myself to Schnectady, New York in October. Who else is going?
Deborah P Kolodji
26 February 2015 @ 04:08 am
February 24 prompt: Nag

honey-do list
layers of fallen
pear blossoms

February 25 prompt: Navigate

North Star. . .
your face in the crowd,
my way home

- Deborah P Kolodji