It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Poets, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you!

So the news intervened in my choice today. The explosion in Lebanon’s capital Beirut yesterday prompted me to write the chain of Haiku below. As if the Lebanon has not got enough issues. As of writing this it’s not known if this incident was an horrific accident or act of war/ terror. I am praying for the dead and injured, numbered in the thousands.

I am combining Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge with Ronovanwrite’s invitation to try out his own new form of Haiku which he has named Shi Rensa Haiku. Here is his explanation.


Kindness in measure

Helps us to flourish and grow

Please extend a hand


Please extend a hand

To those stricken by evil

In a far off land


In a far off land

Lives stolen and ripped apart

Look deep have a heart.


Look deep have a heart

We need to find new kindness

There is not enough.


34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Aug 05, 2020 @ 07:34:49

    Absolutely wonderful Sis 💜


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  3. Priscilla Bettis
    Aug 05, 2020 @ 08:53:26

    The images on the news were difficult to see. Excellent poetic response, made me tear up.


  4. kimbladeswritingblog
    Aug 05, 2020 @ 09:02:45

    Well written Willow.


  5. Erika
    Aug 05, 2020 @ 09:30:48

    Very much going to the heart and speaking to the heart, Colleen!


  6. Ronovan
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 09:30:27

    I have noticed in some uses of the new style, it does cut deep and pull out feelings, emotions. When I try it, it sometimes takes hours because I’m wanting it to go in one direction, such as love, and it wants to take me down the path of what’s all over the news from one moment to the next. Not cure if that’s a good thing or bad, but rahter put in type than in terror.


  7. judeitakali
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 10:49:22

    A beautiful message


  8. jazzytower
    Aug 06, 2020 @ 14:04:22

    Aah! You tried the Shi Rensa too😊. Wasn’t that fun!

    Such an awful situation in Beiruit… On top of this pandemic.


  9. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Aug 08, 2020 @ 10:18:27

    A lovely form Willow and a heartfelt response to this awful tragedy…♥


  10. H.R.R. Gorman
    Aug 08, 2020 @ 12:46:20

    Ooh, the progress in this poem is great. The way you did the lines was fantastic!


  11. memadtwo
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 00:12:47

    These are good thoughts, and the repetition works well for the message. (K)


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  13. TheHiddenEdge
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 16:43:30

    I have extended family in Lebanon. I loved this! Thank you.


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