Days Getting Shorter

As August turns to September, we’ll still have another month of heat, but the long days are over. We have just less than 13 hours of sun now. Oh, we’ll still get over-105º days, but not as many, and not every day. The pool will cool slowly, and I’ll be able to take morning walks again.

© Quinn McDonald, 2016. All rights reserved.

© Quinn McDonald, 2016. All rights reserved.

For those of us who live in the desert, winter is the time we treasure. Summer is too hot, too harsh. And it’s losing its grip. Time to celebrate.

Quinn McDonald is a poetic medicine practitioner.

Haiku Experience

Haikus are wonderful, color-saturated snapshots of life. They can be quite complicated, but when I’m running a writing class, I stick to the simple rule of 3 lines, with 5, 7 and 5 syllables in the lines. The point is to use few words to create a powerful image for yourself and your readers.

Here are some haikus from my most recent journal-writing class:

Kitty winks at me
in secret code. I wink back.
former life: a cat.
—–Vicky Ferguson

Open the journal
Stories unfolding within
Movie frame pages.
—–Paul Lagasse

Asphalt whizzes by
Spokes sparkling in the sunlight
View from handlebars.
——H.P.Clamann

A clap of thunder
Whisper of falling raindrops
A summer cloudburst.
——H.P. Clamann

No wonder I write
No one expects it perfect
The first time around
——Paul Lagasse

Sensing through a fog
A gnawing anger lurking
My job pays the bills.
——Donna McGonigle

Restful summer day
There is no need for talking
My friends around me.
—–Donna McGonigle

Off to work I go
Toiling to keep our health plan
On me they depend
—–Mindy Heindl

I pause to give thanks
Fortune has smiled upon me
Don’t let me forget
—–Mindy Heindl

Not herself lately
Her world circles around her
and tightens the knot.
—–Vicky F

Art makes me happy
I do it when I have time
I wish I had more
—--Mindy Heindl

Venus and the Moon

It was warm enough to walk today. The sun went down while I was walking and I saw the new moon and Venus right after the sun set. The moon was turned like a cup because it’s winter still. (c) Quinn McDonald 2007. All rights reserved. Quinn McDonald is a certified creativity coach who specializes in helping people through re-invention and transitions. Venus haiku