Sunday, November 30, 2008

Prompt 40: Welcoming

Thanks to Nancy Bea Miller of Genre Cookshop for this week's prompt of "welcoming":

don't worry spiders
I keep house

~Kobayashi Issa (1763 -1827)

In Issa's haiku, "don't worry spiders...," unadorned language—without simile, metaphor, allusion, or other figurative elements—provides an amusing snapshot of some spiders and the human they live with. As in most haiku, conjunctions and connectors, such as "because," are left out and the logic is left for readers to infer. Often, two or more meanings are possible: here, for example, "keep house" can imply keeping one's house tidy, or "keeping a house" that is welcoming for all who live there, even the spiders.(from an essay by Robert Hass, U.S. poet laureate)

Also, thanks for the photo, Nancy!
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  1. This Sunday will be the middle of the 20th of the 24 yearly sekki (seasons), namely: shōsetsu; literally "minor snow".

    Last week here in Connecticut, I saw a faint drizzle of snow only visible against the dark hemlocks on the north side of my home.

    I'd like to be welcoming, but at the same time mindful of the coming harshness of snowy days.

  2. Thank you Nancy, for this prompt. I had my theme early but the words came late. It was enjoyable writing this one.

  3. Thanks for the great prompt and photo! I am working on it....

    Hugs, G

  4. A great prompt, and wonderful photo - what's more welcoming than fresh bread!! I have to admit, though, being something of an arachnophobe, spiders are not welcome in my house.

  5. Thanks Sandy, and everyone else, for your kind welcoming of my prompt!

  6. Thanks for the prompt. I love the Issa haiku.

    We shared our shower with a beautiful spider and were sad when she was gone.

  7. I've tried to write a haiku in the same spirit as the one in the prompt which I loved.

  8. Lovely prompt, thank you. It fitted into my chapbook theme nicely.

  9. for a great prompt many thanks nancy. says 'restricted area' and calls for user name/password for this prompt.maybe osi could rersolve this.
    i have posted my poems & everyone is welcome to read them..

  10. Blenza and Mr. Linky are definitely on the blinky. I've posted mine as well.

    Love the prompt and the poem offered up.

  11. Dear Nancy--
    Thanks for the so apropos prompt!

    Loved the issa haiku--and your picture was just right, too.

    Many thanks!

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