Category: Haiku (page 2 of 2)

Travertine Nature Center

I promised in yesterday’s blog post to give you some more haiku and photos from the Travertine Nature Center in Sulpur, Oklahoma.

Travertine Rock sign

We didn’t go into the Nature Center itself this trip, but visited it in the past.  It’s small, but has quite a bit of information about the natural habitat in the area and the animals, fish, etc., that reside there.  The main attraction, though, is the hiking trails and the creek itself.  In the upper end of the creek, where the two springs, Antelope Springs and Buffalo Springs, come bubbling out of the ground, there are wide open easily navigated walking paths and also several side loops that take you over more rugged ground. 

Travertine Creek nature trail

Below the Nature Center, where the creek begins to fall in several areas, creating pools, there are trails on both sides of the creek, along with parking lots and picnic area.  This area was very busy on Sunday – a nice warm sunny day – with families and couples picnicking and frolicking in the water.  I’m sure the water was extremely cold, though – I certainly didn’t test it!

travertine creek falls and swimming area

Our previous visit was in November 2015, so it was a nice treat to visit in the spring when everything was newly green.

newly-green trees and travertine creek

Travertine Nature Trail

winds blow

trees creak

leaves rustle.

birds trill

wildflowers sway

Travertine Creek flows.

Antelope Springs

sparkling springwater gushes

green rushes flow

blue dragonflies dance

green water grasses rushes
blue dragonflies on green water plants

If you are curious about writing haiku, I suggest reading Becoming a Haiku Poet.  As you can see by my above attempts, I’m fairly decent with the “moment of keen perception and perhaps insight into nature or human nature” but have a long ways to go with in creating “a spark of energy” with juxtaposition.  There’s no juxtaposition in my above efforts.   I was too overwhelmed with intense joy in communing with nature at a glorious place and season to contemplate juxtapositions. 

Haiku Journey

Back in February, Roberta blogged about National Haiku Writing Month (Nahaiwrimo) and her own personal Haiku Monster.

Why do I call it Haiku Monster? To me, writing haiku is so addicting that it could take over my life, eating up my time and creativity with delicate little nibbles. If I can contain it to a single month, however, it won’t be quite so dangerous.

I’ve dabbled with writing haiku and other poetry forms over the years, enjoying my efforts and then moving on.  But this time around, Roberta’s haiku monster really grabbed me.  First, because her haiku poem didn’t follow the form that I learned in high school and second, I loved the picture it formed in my mind.  My brain began spinning off all sorts of cool word combinations.

I followed the link she provided to NaHaiWriMo, which led to more links about writing haiku, and I learned that the haiku form of 5-7-5 syllables that we were taught in school is really not THE criteria to follow.  Haiku is so much more than a set number of syllables.

In any case, it appears as though Roberta’s Haiku Monster is actually a Haiku Virus, because now I have the bug, to the extent that I have an Evernote page on my phone dedicated to writing verses whenever they come to me and I started copying them into a journal dedicated solely to my haiku.  Most of my haiku is written late at night or when I’m on the road, either driving or as a passenger.  I know it’s not wise to be concentrating on poetry while driving, but some of my best thinking occurs when on the road.

Last Sunday Bill & I took a drive up into Oklahoma to hike at the Travertine Nature Center in Sulphur.  We’ve been there before and it’s a beautiful place to hike.  I took pictures (no surprise there!) and wrote several verses of haiku, which I’ll share with you tomorrow.  But here’s a short verse I wrote while we were driving back home.

cattle grazing

pumpjacks spinning;

Oklahoma wealth, old and new.

pumpjack with cattle grazing

Image by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay

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