Breakfast, or: Afternoon

A 'Shadorma' I teach my child to think about words; to break them apart. I say, "Breakfast is 'breaking' your 'fast' when you wake." My child bursts with unexpected insights. One morning, at breakfast, she exclaims, "after- -noon is 'after' 'noon'!" ‘What do you see’ Prompt #161 For Sadje’s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offers this… Continue reading Breakfast, or: Afternoon

The exam for advanced second-graders

In Israel, there's a state exam for second-graders that aims to identify advanced students. There are two stages of this exam; the children who pass the first stage go on to the second, more challenging stage. I don't have all of the information about this exam, but, essentially, children who are identified as "advanced" are… Continue reading The exam for advanced second-graders

Little faces, or: Innocent eyes

A Choka their little faces turn to us for confidence their innocent eyes look up trustingly to ours reach up for our hands wrap themselves around our legs for stability for we epitomize truth embody balance feet grounded in life wisdoms though we're winging it daily Choka? The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the… Continue reading Little faces, or: Innocent eyes

Squirt, or: Squirts

A limerick Her dad should have been more alert- Should have heeded the giggles and squirts; His little squirt smiled, His wild, rascally child; And smeared paint all over her white shirt. ‘What do you see’ Prompt #159 For Sadje’s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offered the photo below as inspiration for writers to produce art.… Continue reading Squirt, or: Squirts

Red light, green light, or: One, two, three!

I. A senryū series 1. Sweetheart, be careful! The curb's much too dangerous; you could slip and fall. 2. Traffic's slowing down; the light's going to change soon; ready to run, Dear? 3. Okay! Take my hand; let's cross before we miss it... Shoot! Our bus went by! II. A senryū Are you sure, Mister… Continue reading Red light, green light, or: One, two, three!

Soup smells, or: October skylight

A haibun soup smells circulate steamy October skylight clouds obscure crescent My seven-year-old daughter is not inherently opposed to healthy food, but there exists a very small subset of healthy foods that she is willing to eat without creating a fuss. One is a salmon vegetable soup that my wife makes, which leaves our daughter… Continue reading Soup smells, or: October skylight

Leotard, or: Pants

An American sentence: Unversed in girls' clothes, I pulled the leotard over my daughter's pants. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt… Continue reading Leotard, or: Pants