Who can resist a challenge

You know I like a bit of poetry but I’ve never tried haiku.

Then I came across Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge and, what do you know, I thought, give it a go, son.

The prompt requires you to include two words ‘force’ and ‘free’ this week and to broadly follow the form set out:

Three lines, five, seven, five syllables, and with the middle line linking back to line one and forward to line three with a contrast between 1/2 and 2/3. I think that’s right.

My first takes inspiration from the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the V&A museum in London and the Mexican protest movement, embroidering for peace

embroidering for peace

Bordeamos Por la Paz

They were takenย by force

From their loved ones, who now sew

Freedom on their rags

My second is a homage to this morning’s breakfast disaster

Jam with everything

Toast done, jam next. Force

The lid off – push, pull, pop. Free!

Jam on toast, dog, tiles.

Wadya think?

(I think Ronovan wants a twitter handle: this is mine @geofflepard)

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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21 Responses to Who can resist a challenge

  1. Just discovered. I do hope that you are not still mixing up your shoes. Delighted to see that you are having so much evident fun. Laughed out loud (LOL) when I saw the second photograph on the second mug. Intrigued to read (only skimmed thus far) about your father in Palestine. My father passed through, en route to Persia towing a field gun, in 1943, if memory serves me correctly. Some of my mother’s relatives might have been amongst the unruly Jews that your father had to deal with. Send me an email. My home address is given below but my office address is cameron.woodrow@dft.gsi.gov.uk


    • TanGental says:

      Cameron dear boy. The man who bollocks his clients via a lift emergency phone. So good to hear from you. Glepard@saqnet.co.uk Sounds like you’re part of the government machine these days. If that means you’re still embedded as a sleeper in London I’ll buy you coffee and bore you with my carer as a writer (nascent). Press the follow me button on my blog anyway and buy my book. And yes I’m still sartorially incompetent.


  2. Me. I can. Really, I can never resist a challenge. Though I love writing haiku (for fun…they appear late at night on my Twitter feed). I’ll check this out. Thanks for the link. “Jam With Everything” is made of fruity awesomeness. Love it.

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  3. lucciagray says:

    I prefer marmalade, sorry… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    I love a Haiku! …. and I like both of yours though they are extreme ends of the scale to each other ..love them!!

    I love a haiku
    Pictures in words abounding
    It is astounding.


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  5. Charli Mills says:

    You are a clever poet no matter the schemes and counts. Hee, hee…Jam with everything…if Dog is a dog, I’m sure he was delighted with the freeing of the jam.


  6. Annecdotist says:

    Love this, Geoff, and great to see more radical embroidery! When I saw the Spanish title I thought it might be about the Franco period, which is the subject of a review I’m posting later today, and would fit just as well. And jam jars, aren’t they malicious devils?
    I have seen Sarah’s haiku on Twitter and very good they are too. I was surprised to write my first one as part of a comedy course but I don’t think I’ve caught the habit.

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  7. Welcome to the world of haiku, Geoff. I’ve done this challenge many times and have just come back to it. Ronovan is a great chap and his weekly haiku challenge is very popular, so welcome aboard. Be prepared to go haiku crazy over the coming months.

    Found you on Twitter, so thanks for the details and I’ll see you there as well.

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  8. Norah says:

    Great! The first is very moving. The second very funny! I can just imagine that jam everywhere! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Serins says:

    Welcome to the Haiku challenge. Be warned these are addictive. I love yours so original. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    welcome to the challenge, both great, one serious and one funny!

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