Remember NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month?  Well now it’s NaHaiWriMo, National Haiku Writing Month.  I stumbled upon NaHaiWriMo last February,  when I was already committed to writing a haiku every day for my blog, and a friend of a friend, who also writes haiku, told me about NaHaiWriMo.

As soon as we got home from Paris (well, the next morning actually) we left again, to go to Connecticut to visit Eric’s mother, Natalie, who is still quite ill, then on to New York to visit Adrienne and Matt and Emilio, then back to visit Natalie, then home.  Last night driving the last few miles of the trip, I remembered that it’s now February, NaHaiWriMo.  Unknowingly, I had started the month by tweeting a haiku on Wednesday morning.  And last night as I drove, I wrote a haiku for yesterday in my head.

Pines blacken in dusk
Clouds streak sky deep indigo
Fresh cold settles home.

Today’s haiku hasn’t happened yet, but it will.


About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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