I’ve decided to commit to participating in NaHaiWriMo this year, the haiku equivalent of National Novel Writing Month during which you write a haiku every day for the month of February. On the NaHaiWriMo site, a prompt will be given each day which you can use, or you can come up with your own inspiration. I sometimes write my haiku from things I’ve seen or heard as I walk my daughter to school, for example, if there’s a particularly striking dawn or the morning sun falls in a certain way on chimney pots. However, I’m sure there won’t be 28 days worth in that short walk so the prompts will no doubt come in very useful.
Anyway, I almost forgotten about this writing event until I spotted it on The Haiku Foundation Blog about an hour ago, so I quickly rustled up a haiku, which is not how I’d usually do it.
Day one’s prompt was ‘apple’ and I drew upon my memory for this one. I spent a year studying in Bristol after doing my degree in Belfast and I (for some, unknown reason) soon came to associate that part of the world with cider and scrumpy – the stronger, cloudy version.
At the time, I was working on an oil painting of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge and I wanted to represent the feeling of elation I had at finishing the painting. I hope you like it! 🙂
my last brushstrokes
on the suspension bridge
I celebrate with scrumpy