Yesterday morning, right before I signed on to work at 5 am, I went over to the host blog to read who won the honors of the “Up” haiku and found to my utter surprise that it was me. I really was taken aback–not because I didn’t think my haiku was good–but because it had been such a spur of the moment entry. Equally serendipitous was that the blogger had turned the actual judging of the contest over to a house guest, and it was his/her decision that ruled. So, the whole thing really just seemed like the luck of the draw. Right place, right time, right haiku. 😉
And now it’s my turn to host again. After encountering that pleasant but completely unexpected surprise yesterday, I decided that this would be the theme for Monday’s haiku–the unexpected.
It happens all the time. Plans and schedules go awry, we end up in a place we never thought we’d be, either geographically or emotionally, we open a letter from a long-lost acquaintance we never thought we’d hear from again, our closest friends or loved ones do things that leave us shaking our heads in awe, grief and everything in between. There are million ways the unexpected creeps up on us. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes disastrous, sometimes just confusing.
Unexpected, surprising, serendipitous, WTF, and holy shit! It runs the full gamut and I can’t wait to see what unexpected gems you’ll have for me this week. A quick review of the rules:
1. 5-7-5 format.
2. Enter as many times as you’d like …. but only 2 will be judged. Just let me know which ones. Put your entries in the comments section of this post with links your blog or whatever visuals, etc. you wish to accompany your haiku. If you don’t have a blog, please leave me some way to get in touch with you. Entries without contact information will not be considered. This is based on what happened to me last time I hosted and an “Anonymous” poster won and could not be informed.
3. Visuals, Audio, etc are always accepted!
4. Entries must be in by Monday, August 27, by midnight MST. Any questions, please post in comments or email me.
I have high expectations that I will unexpectedly thrilled by all of you. Have a great weekend doing your haiku.