I wonder what you see…

#WonderFold is a monthly feature that includes a prompt-based writing challenge on the first Monday of every odd month, followed by the publication of a winning response the first Monday of the next even month.

INVITATION: All art grows out of paying attention: in sight, sound, scent, taste & touch. You are invited to craft a written response to the image and scene below as a Japanese-form poem (we welcome haiku, haibun, tanka, and senryu).

12.30.18 - spent bloomSCENE: A hike across the landscape is a lesson in learning to remain in what remains. Summer blooms have turned into a skeleton. The chill of winter whispers through the layers. A hawk screeches. A skunk scurries past and into the brush. Tracks from deer and coyote cross the snow-laden path as a memory. We live in a world of contrasts: what was, and is, and will return. Every exhale is seen through the freezing air during the long walk home.

RESPONSE: Combining the sensory information in the written scene/photo above with your own experience/imagination, write a Japanese-style poem in response (eg. haiku, haibun, tanka, senryu). Sarah Gibson (Folded Word Features Editor) will select one response to be highlighted on the blog next month. Enter your poem in the form below no later than 21:00 Eastern on 30 January 2019. The winning response will be published here on 4 February 2019, and its author sent $5 via PayPal. Award can only be granted through PayPal.

Thanks for spending this moment with us. Before you go, would you SHARE with us in the comments a quick response to the question: What does the image make you feel or what memory does it call to mind? Maybe use it as a way to start drafting an idea for your entry…



dt.haase is a haiku poet, regular contributor to unFold, and a wanderer for wonder


2 Comments on “I wonder what you see…

  1. Thanks for a wonderful prompt! The feelings I get just from looking at the image is kind of a wonder at how they are still standing,yet dried up. And the contrast of the blue sky to their darker color now. 🙂

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  2. The sharpness of outline is exciting, like the way things looked after I had an eye op. But it’s also reminiscent of loss and grief, and the blackness of the dead flowers reminds me of going blind.

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