Haiku Oracle Poems

An extra Poetry Friday….and during Poetry Month! What riches.

This has been a big month! I had the opportunity to serve as a judge for a kids poetry contest. I learned about nonets from master poet, Irene Latham. And I wrote every day with the 30 Day Haiku Project at Wild Words. Though I have a strong writing habit, I usually miss days. May is all about mining drafts, revision of these new poems, and maybe even submitting my chapbook manuscript. Eeek.

But I’m getting ahead of myself! Let’s end this month with a bunch of poems from the handmade haiku oracle deck.

If you’d like a poem, just leave a comment, and I will pull one for you!

Remember, these are single lines from Basho translated by Robert Hass. I pull three or four cards at random and construct poem. Here’s the one in the photo:

A hillside without a name
the sound of wind

a worm digs silently

Just let me know you’d like a poem, and I’ll make one just for you! Make sure to visit all the lovely Poetry Friday poets over at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme.


  1. OK, this is cool. Did you make these? I want to make a set. Instructions. Please?! And, of course I’d love a poem. I’m crazy about this idea.

    1. Hi, Linda! Yes, I made these–instructions are easy and adaptable. Just watercolor on a large sheet, then cut into small cards. I wrote 1 line of Basho on the back of each card. Then I pick a few and make a poem! Here’s yours!

      For Linda on Friday

      Feet planted
      against a cool wall
      taking a nap

    1. Not exactly in season, but hope it suits nonetheless! Wonder what you’re drinking this morning?

      First snow
      The lamp is low

      The monk sips morning tea

    1. For you, dear friend

      A flash of lightning
      on the half-finished bridge

      I’ll show you something wonderful

      And a writerly blessing for you too: Your writing feeds you!

  2. What a fabulous idea! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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