This week I jumped into a Haiku series which involved sporadic exchanges between multiple poets. The concept is based off of the traditional poetry games from Japan— poetry circles gathering to write numerous verses on a similar theme or subject.
Melissa Allen (@myyozh) began the chain with a verse she posted on her Haiku blog Red Dragonfly:
less light than I want
more than I need
N. J. Barico ( @NJBarico) responded with:
abandoned love letter
I read it under the light
Kris Lindbeck (@KrisLindbeck) responded on her eponymous blog:
flickering in and out
At which stage I jumped in with:
Haloed by milkweed—
Buddha sits tonight, waiting
for the first firefly.
The random variety of poems, as a whole, in the end operates like a field filling up with random lights of fireflies, small lanterns— each individual voice shows a distinct theme echoing from among the others. A collection of ideas.