June 24, 2013

A Novel Haiku: Blogathon, Day 24

One of my favorite parts of Blogathon each year is Haiku Day. And I'm so not a poet. But I find the structure and rules associated with Haiku freeing. Free verse is too unstructured for me, and I am like a fish out of water... flailing by the computer.

June 24 - Haiku Day. A day devoted to writing a three-line poem — who knew this simple throwback to grade-school English class could be so popular? Yet in the two years since we added it, it’s become one of the highlights of the month. Pick the topic of your choice and write about it in this Japanese poem form.

This year, I thought I'd try my hand at Haiku about my YA book, Chasing Memories. Let me first share the synopsis...

There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…

Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: she can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken. Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.

Chilling Darkness

Chilling darkness masks
the terror of that evening
where everything changed

Reagan must embrace
all she believes and some things
she has yet to know

In order to save
herself and others she loves
from drowning in loss

I hope you enjoyed my Chasing Memories haiku, and I can't wait to read everyone's Haiku today. 


Annette Gendler said...

Loved the phrase "things she has yet to know." If we all could embrace those! Happy Blogathon Haiku Day!

Jo Michaels said...

I love haikus! I did an ode to jammies back when it was cold. :) hehe Fun stuff. WRITE ON!

Elise Fallson said...

I'm also a fan of haikus. These were great, Tia. (:

Tia Bach said...

Glad you all enjoyed my haiku! It's the only kind of poetry I dare write. ;-)