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The Writing Habit | September 2018

The Writing Habit | September 2018


The Writing Habit

Sophie Caldecott’s Creative Writing Club

{Food & Drink}

This month’s creative writing prompt from Sophie Caldecott’s The Writing Habit is a delicious one. It did not take me very long to start brainstorming about food and creativity. Two of my favorite things - put them together, well, it’s a match made in heaven.

Pomegranates make their way into our home and cooking quite regularly. The garnet red color of the fruits skin is like a beautiful gem stone and the seeds inside taste both sweet and tart. They are truly an intoxicating and exotic fruit that should be enjoyed a variety of ways. I love them sprinkled on ice cream, in salads, main course dishes and the occasional cocktail or two.

Rather than just write about food and drink, I thought I’d have some fun and explore the world of haikus along with my love for pomegranates. I haven’t written one since a childhood assignment at school and was reminded of this when my own children brought home their haiku homework projects.


(n.) | hai*ku

A traditional form of Japanese poetry made up of seventeen syllables and divided into three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. They can be written on a variety of themes although traditionally, they are unrhymed and evoke images with seasonal or natural world references. Haikus are the perfect example of beauty in simplicity.

Here are two examples I found on www.haiku-poetry.org - both were written by early Japanese masters in haiku.

Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.

- Natsume Soseki

In the cicada's cry
No sign can foretell
How soon it must die.

- Matsuo Bashō

I first wrote down a few words about the way a pomegranate, looks, tastes and my feelings about them overall. Then I tried to simplify it even more and keep within the traditional, three lines and 5-7-5 syllables form.

Haiku | The Pomegranate | Liz Godfrey

Haiku #1

Autumn’s blooming queen

the pomegranate’s kiss awaits

succulent and sweet.

Haiku #2

Garnet red beauty

sweetest gems in chambered heart

the pomegranate’s kiss

Haiku #3

Chambered heart within

ambrosial nectar divine

the pomegranate’s kiss

Writing haikus can be both fun and calming, why not give your creative self a try. I would love to hear about your haiku adventures or how a creative writing challenge or group has inspired you.

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