I promised in yesterday’s blog post to give you some more
haiku and photos from the Travertine Nature Center in Sulpur, Oklahoma.
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.
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!
Our previous visit was in November 2015, so it was a nice
treat to visit in the spring when everything was newly green.
Travertine Nature Trail
Travertine Creek flows.
sparkling springwater gushes
green rushes flow
blue dragonflies dance
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.
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.
Oklahoma wealth, old and new.
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