June 2013 NaHaiWriMo Writing Prompts


Selected by Kathabela Wilson

1

Wake (in any sense of the word). You could write one line, two lines, or three lines for the different meanings if you are so inspired. Each day I will add a few pictures to my Facebook photo album. These pictures are not the prompts. In the pictures you can follow my daily adventure of finding the prompts—I take a haiku walk each day. Even I don’t know at the beginning what the prompts will be.

2

Reed (or read) or you could use anagram of either word such as deer or dear?).

3

Footsteps.

4

Compass.

5

Multiple shadows.

6

Bouquet.

7

Unlikely climb (a surprising climb of any kind you have taken or seen).

8

Outside the front door. what arrangement or surprise greets your eye as approach your front door or someone else’s?

9

Window reflections. As you pass windows, what do you see reflected? Yourself, animals sky, birds . . . anything?

10

Inside the flower. Look closely inside the flowers you see. What are the details?

11

Following water. Walking, swimming, or riding along the stream, river, or shore—where does it lure you?

12

Fountain. Look closely at fountains you see—their symmetry, architecture, shape, abstract or natural images, materials, colors, flow.

13

Natural arrangements. Look at the sidewalk or trail, see how some things seem to”fall into place,” found naturally. What are the patterns or arrangements you see (not make) of objects discarded such as leaves, sticks, nails, wire, etc.?

14

Barefoot. When and why are you, or have you been, barefoot? How does it feel? Do you sometimes do it by unlikely choice?

15

Surprising animal moments (zoo or wild). What memorable moments have you experienced, observed with zoo animals or in the wilds?

16

Under or over the bridge. What mystery lies beneath? Who floats under or climbs over the bridges you see?

17

What spins. Anything that surprises you with spinning . . . Ferris wheel? Whirligig? Windmill? Carousel? You? Wind farm tower? Ceiling fan?

18

Couples dance. What “couples dance” do you do or see? What animals do this too (a mating dance)? Even your haiku lines might do a couples dance.

19

Matching (colors, forms, any sense). How do you “match” colors or forms in nature or in others (for example, pink toenails under the cherry tree or posing in your red dress by the old red barn)?

20

Balance. All of nature, including us, balances, walks a thin line, surprises, sways, rights itself. How do you balance? How do animals and plants do it?

21

Fragments. What fragments do you find, save from what is old, disintegrating, or broken to make something new?

22

Crossing the line (literal lines, like in coloring, writing paper, sidewalks, etc., or conceptual).

23

What we drop. Tangible or not, you could be a tree, etc: bark? pods? Or a human: keys, names? hints? Any sense of the word “drop.”

24

Flower music, dance, or art. Music, dance, and art of all cultures celebrate the flower. Even flowers themselves “dance.” Let the prompt lead you to detailed reference, not a general “sentiment.”

25

Detailed look at an eye. Every eye is different: dove, duck, moose, mouse, bear, newt, human. Look closely inside and around any eye—describe.

26

Spheres. Look closely, focus your eye, telescope, microscope, sci-fi mind on natural (seed pods?) spheres (or artist made) plus images from space (astronomical spheres planets, stars?) and describe details.

27

Designs on favorite clothing or skin. What shapes, images, patterns on clothes, or on your skin, or on an animal’s skin entrance you? Be specific in your description.

28

Pearls. “That were his eyes”?! Pearls of wisdom? Dewdrop pearls? Jewelry? Inherited? Also simply the ones in mollusks of course! Fresh and salt water ones, shapes (fire pearls, smiles).

29

Vines (especially wild unruly ones—maybe they are all like that?).

30

Windfall. What sudden, unexpected piece of good fortune has fallen on you?