September: 12 of 30 Days of Haiga

Today’s prompt for Rick Daddario’s 30 Days of Haiga is cattle and/or herds. My family would often visit my grandfather’s farm around the holidays. He kept cows, which I loved, and this prompt brought back fun memories.


sagebrush field
chirps and lows muster
careful steps


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19 Responses to September: 12 of 30 Days of Haiga

  1. Kris Kennedy says:

    cool dabbling with the ipad…i appreciate the insertion of humor – i think it is appropriate and effective, and fun

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thank you for the visit and comment. I’ve really enjoyed experimenting on the iPad. I find it hard to write humorous haiku, so I’m glad this one had some success. Come visit anytime.

  2. ManicDdaily says:

    Did you do the picture, Yousei? I forgot to ask. It’s very cute. And deftly drawn. k.

  3. aloha Poetic Rabbit – i like your longhorn cattle a lot. i can hear them lowing as they stand there. and a very cool memory experience to work from.

    i can tell you drew from the haiku – i’m not sure you really need all of the drawn elements with that great haiku. – just the cattle might have been enough??

    i like the haiku too – i get a strong sense of the dry country with sagebrush and there you’ve used two strong images – the first line is one and the 2nd and third go together for the next image of walking through the first. careful steps indeed. fun. aloha.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      I’m finding there is telling and too much telling in both the writing and the art, just as you pointed out. I’ve regretted little bits in the art, but not enough to redo it … at least not yet. Sorry I’ve fallen behind again. Life happens, and I’m struggling to get back to writing. Maybe tomorrow. 😦

      • oh – you know of course we are our own worst critics. the way i see it, these things you see are the very opportunity we need to learn. it is the starting of the very thing of this learning. it’s what we now do with it that can make all the difference to all the work that comes after this recognition of something we want to change or tweak.

        i know that it is not easy. if it was easy i’d have accomplished it by now. all we really have to do tho is to keep going – and if we keep going in the right direction – seeing. doing. learning. trying again. we will achieve finding ourself – that is how i see it.

        so even tho we may see one work as a learning work – the fact is we worked. we did it. that’s the important thing to keep in mind. and to follow that work. that step. with another – when we are able to do so. yeah. that’s how i see it too.

        so nothing we do is to be looked back on for any other reason than that we have made a start and we can now learn from it – because that is how we build who we will become.

        no. i do not think you need to redo this. just look at it. see what you think you’d like to do differently. then tuck that thought away and consider that thinking when you next have an opportunity to do another work.

        nope again. you have not fallen behind at all. even when i say i am scrambling to keep up and at my most behind moment – i’m exactly where i should be. i have to remember that. and then simply start from there. from where i am. from exactly where you are.

        life is always going on around us. use it. use that to write out of when you get that moment to plop something down. one word. one phrase. one double line. or triple line. done. let it go. and go on to the next moment you are in. learning from even those brief moments. the value of that will become what you can look back on sometime in the future. it’s part of our journey.

        write about your struggle. the dishes. the streetlights. the long walk to a car park. a moment you spot on that walk that you want to remember. bing. put it down. let it go. when you are looking for inspiration – you can then look from within yourself.

        that’s what i do with my photos. snap. snap. snap. not knowing exactly when i may use the image but having been drawn to it on my walk to the store. a year later. 2 years later. 5 years later – i suddenly have an idea and i go looking for that photo. – the thorns in my thorn haiku – they were taken 2 or 3 years ago. i used the outline from one of the images in my tribute to Edward Gorey. other than that none of those photos were used. so thorn? a haiku? hmmmm…. and then i remembered waking in the underbrush and thinking i had a pebble in my slipper (flip-flops) – and then realizing the ground was covered in thorns. and looking at the bottom of my flip-flops my stomach dropped – it was covered in thorns some deep and working their way through into my foot. …and now i use that moment. for the haiga.

        a memory challenge for the next time you walk to your car – spot one thing – a color, an object, a movement, a shape – anyone thing you want to remember and then write it down just before you sleep. keep a list of what caught your attention. go back to that list and use it as your prompt list when ever you want to spend a few moments on your writing. …just a thought.

        bwahahahaha – i’m in a hurry. so i am not rereading this for typos and sense. apply common sense to typos and read for the intended sense when ever i didnt make sense. – most of all. fun up. even when it’s dark outside – fun up and write on that dark. (imo). aloha.

  4. Luke Prater says:

    that second line was a surprise in phrasing, Iike it very much. Interesting use of ‘muster’… esp next to ‘lows’…

    • Yousei Hime says:

      I love using words with more than one meaning. I’ve long adored the word “muster,” even more so after reading Patterson’s Snowy River poem. Even after fidgeting over and fixing a poem again and again, I’m never certain I have it right. I’m glad the line stood out; that was my plan anyway. Thank you for the visit and observations. Always appreciated.

  5. ManicDdaily says:

    Careful steps for sure! Thoughtful but fun! k.

  6. claudia says:

    i love cows as well…spent hours talking to them when i was a kid…smiles…i like your peaceful

    • Yousei Hime says:

      When they’re gentle, which most of my grandfather’s were, cows are delightful. I even liked the smell of his farm. I often helped him feed and brush them. I even named one of the newborn calves. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  7. I LOVE the tree you sketched in the forefront!

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