TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge: Piano

I’ve been thinking a lot about poetry in these past months, mainly because I used to write it often, but for some years it fell casualty to the realities of life. Which isn’t to say that poetry can only flow under certain circumstances, such as settling a lot of events in our worlds. In fact I recently began again to turn even troubled thoughts to poetry as I began to deliberately entrust my musings to the brevity of poetic lines.

So tonight it was with some pleasure that I picked up on one of my mind’s threads from a few evenings back, and contemplated haiku. Commenting about the form in a Facebook post I was directed to La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin, where I found “TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge,” which each week presents a household item for readers to consider and write about in haiku form.

This go round~

[Piano image to be replaced]


Here’s what I came up with~

These abandoned keys
and the stories they have told
hanging in the mist


As thunderstorm pounds
the ground, scattered people fly
seeking covered calm

I readily confess that the idea of abandonment was influenced by TJ’s caption for this image, and I resolved not to peek in the future–at least not until I’ve written at least one haiku. Maybe more.


Completely unrelated is a haiku (below) I had written about an hour before the FB post, influenced by…well, I’ll hold that thought for now and see what anyone else might say. Of course for some it will be pretty straightforward (especially if they live in Alaska), but others may see in it something I hadn’t even contemplated.

Sky is darkening
Termination dust abounds
as we face demise


Thanks to Kate Martyn for introducing me to this fun, fabulous and marvelously engaging weekly challenge!

Note: This post may also be read and commented upon here.

Note: This post was updated to include the object in the title: piano.

7 thoughts on “TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge: Piano

  1. Pingback: TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge: Glass | before the second sleep

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  3. Franklin

    You’re amazing. You do awesome work. The Haiku Challenge–Haven’t done sincere grade school. Great to see it reborn.

    1. Hey, Franklin, thanks! I actually had the blog at another location and have recently decided to link the two more closely. Keep an eye out, as I’ll be importing a lot of entries from that other locale–and I’ll also write another update post to keep you up to speed with what’s going on. Glad to “see” you again!

  4. Welcome to the challenge and what a wonderful debut! I love the sense of pensive reminiscence they have. So thrilled that you found the prompt engaging and I do hope to see you in the future! 🙂 Looking forward to exploring more of your own blog too! Meilleurs voeux and hoping you have a lovely weekend.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful wishes! I am most certainly planning to return to this exercise. Feeling very inspired at the moment! 🙂 I look forward to seeing you much more, at yours and mine. You are most welcome here at any time!

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