haiku: introducing the daily haiku


As I was contemplating whether to participate in October’s #write31days writing challenge this year or not, I decided that a small daily offering might be achievable. Lengthy posts are out of the question when energy is pretty limited.

The challenge is to keep going and being concise will aid me in that goal. I would like to offer you a mini poetic feast for the month of October. A daily helping of haiku, no less. A tiny offering that is brief to read, meaning less work for you and me!

My plan is to produce a haiku poem a day, with an accompanying image and maybe a few opening or closing thoughts. The topics  will cover aspects of life and faith.

It will be a mix of the light-hearted and reflective. My series is  called ‘The daily haiku’.  Just a small nugget to read and think about each day. Nothing too ponderous.


I hope you will join me. Prayer support would be lovely too! I must admit that timing isn’t brilliant, coming hot on the heels of extra busyness, while we’ve been decluttering over the last few weeks.

However, a persistent holy nudge that refuses to go away is suggesting I do this regardless, leaning heavily on God’s grace for strength, support and inspiration as always.

Here’s a haiku vignette to whet your appetite…

The daily haiku

I want to offer
a little nugget to read
slow, or at great speed

There may be a choice
of vignette to chew on, or
a small, solo song

But whichever comes
to mind and to view, it’s still
the daily haiku
© joylenton

14 thoughts on “haiku: introducing the daily haiku

    • June, your prayers are perfectly wonderful, needful and deeply appreciated. Thank you for your vote of confidence! There were some technical glitches in getting this first post published, so I am writing on the wings of prayer, resting in God’s provision for everything. Bless you, sweet friend! xo 😊💜

  1. I love this idea, Joy. Short and powerful. 🙂 I think it will be what readers need, too, in the midst of all the 31 Days of writing. It’s really hard to keep up with daily posts, though I wish I could. Kudos to all blog writers who take on the challenge. 🙂 I admire their commitment and perseverance. I hope you can give yourself grace though, too, as I know you need extra rest to renew depleted energy. It doesn’t matter if you don’t produce every single day. 🙂 Even one haiku from you is a needed refreshment. 🙂 Love and hugs!

    • Dear Trudy, I’m so glad this idea appeals to you. I can see the posts inevitably getting shorter over time. The initial drafts I’ve managed to write in advance, (praise God!) have an intro to the haiku’s topic, but I guess increasing weariness will lead to a more compact post comprising a short and (hopefully) powerful punch of a poem! I’ll be taking on board the need for extra rest in the midst of extra creative exertion. Love and hugs returned to you, my friend! xo 😊💜

  2. Dear Joy,
    What a wonderful way to start off your challenge! I loved that quote by Mark Greene. It helps to keep it all in perspective, doesn’t it? It becomes a lifting off of the pressure from ourselves to be too intensive about it all (which I know I certainly tend towards,) and just keeping ourselves daily focused on a childlike view lifted our Lord’s way. It is something that He is telling me I CAN do, even though I won’t be writing every day. I can’t wait to see how He blesses your obedience to walk forward with this. I am looking forward to reading your words, short & sweet! Blessings, Love & Hugs to you my friend! And Praying for extra strength for your journey ahead! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, shall I tell you a secret? The creativity quote by Mark Greene appeared very conveniently as I downloaded an image from canva.com and I wrote it out because it spoke to me and seemed so timely! They usually have a quote come up on the screen about aspects of design, art or creativity. It’s a nice reminder of what this process and project is really about. Maintaining a child-like sense of wonder is a real gift for writers, as is not taking oneself too seriously! I am so happy you are able to join me here and I hope you will find something to think about and enjoy in each day’s offering. Thank you so much for your encouragement, support and prayers. They mean a lot to me. Blessings, love and hugs! xo 😊💜

    • Thanks, Nancie, it feels good to be flexing my writing muscles again, especially the poetic ones! It’s been a while since I have posted frequently here. I hope and pray my readers will be blessed by this series. It’s lovely of you to stop by and leave an encouraging comment. Bless you, my friend! xo 😊💜

    • Thanks, Deborah! I do my best to listen to holy nudges and prayer whispers, because they have so often steered me in the right direction and given insight where there was none before. Bless you for being here, friend! xo 😊💜

    • Hi Lynette, how sweet of you to add your voice of support and encouragement here! I really appreciate your kind words and hope and pray I will be strengthened and sustained enough to write my short offering each day. Bless you, dear friend! xo 😊 💜

  3. Joy, this will be so fun to read and follow along with. Simplicity sometimes can be so beautiful and I have a feeling it will be in your haikus.

    • Thanks, Tara! I am slowly learning the art of simplicity and minimalism in general as we continue to declutter our home. It will be good to take this approach into my writing, where I tend to be a bit verbose if anything. Bless you for being here, sweet friend! xo 😊 💜

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