“Morning” [Poetry Friday]

Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)

So, this month, our Poetry Princess challenge was: a theme of susurrus, or an image of thick woods, whatever form we wish! Maybe some of you wrote along with us? I look forward to seeing your poem on your blog, if so!

I didn’t even know what “susurrus” was…I thought it was a pause (guess I connected it with the poetic term “caesura.” Needless to say, I went with the woods–ha! Here’s what I came up with:

This image felt so calm and peaceful to me. It drew me right in, and this haiku came out.

[By the way, some of you have asked on Twitter and whatnot how I make my graphics, and I use Canva for just about everything! I’ve been recommending them a while now. They have some free images (or you can upload your own for free), and premium images are $1. You can do lots of cool stuff there. I have made many of my downloadables for my new books on Canva, as well as the graphics I use in my book trailers.]

I’m looking forward to seeing what my Poetry Sisters have written. Here are their links.



Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations. 

If you’d like to write with us for next month, the assignment is an etheree; theme is foresight again (or summer, or both); post for the July 31 Poetry Friday edition! (Maybe use a #poetrypals hashtag? Trying to figure out a hashtag that doesn’t limit us to princesses, 7, or sisters.)

For more poetry wonder, visit the Poetry Friday Roundup with Karen Eastlund!




25 Responses

  1. Thanks for this gorgeous woods haiku, Laura. I love woods and lakes, and that is part of the reason I miss Minnesota. That aside, I appreciate your invitation to join the etheree writers, and I think I will try it! Cheers!

  2. Beautiful photo and just a lovely haiku. I particularly love the second line of the poem.

  3. Laura, I can see why the image drew you right in and your ideas flowed. The thick woods in this photo are filled with our beautiful thoughts, word play, and strong imagery. Thanks for letting me know about the July challenge. It sounds interesting.

  4. OOOOH. I find haiku hard—the intense imagery and concise words.…but you nailed it here. Gorgeous.

  5. Oh, this personification is just unspeakably lovely. (And kind of echoes the red cape that I used!) Thanks for sharing — and for the reminder of next month’s prompt. I added that to my post, too.

  6. I already have a Canva account, so can’t help, Laura. But I agree, it is terrific! “Trees draped in sunrise” is a line I’ll remember each morning. My window view is not as awesome, but the trees I see are draped, too. Have a great weekend!

    1. Glad you already know of Canva! I always assume everyone does, but then I remember how many great tools I have no idea about. My window view is nowhere near this awesome, either. But I can dream…

  7. I love your poem! It gives the feeling of sussurus (yes, I had to look up the meaning, too!) without using the word. Thank you Poetry Sisters for including The Rest of Us in your monthly challenges. I’m pleased with how my “sussurus” poem turned out.

    1. Glad I’m not the only one, Mary Lee. Your sussurus poem is stunning!

  8. Laura, this is a stunning haiku with so many beautiful images, sun’s hands and forest’s cloak and more in three lines. The forest was a nice place to go this morning.

    1. Thanks, Janice–I think I need a day trip to a state park in my near future :>)

  9. Such a gorgeous image you created with your words Laura, you’ve given sun such a delicate perspective. Enrapturing image too, thanks for both!

  10. The haiku and photo are breathtaking, Laura – a susurrus of respite and peace. When I first heard the word I realized it was the language of the pines surrounding my home, whispering, whispering, whispering … making me strain to understand pine.

    Thank you for this poetic oasis – Fran Haley


    1. Thank you, Fran. That brings back days of staying in a cabin at a family YMCA camp in northern Minnesota, and sleeping with windows open and hearing the pine trees all around whispering.

  11. Thanks for sharing this lovely haiku and photo–it definitely makes me feel calm and inspired. I’d tell you my favorite part–but the whole is so wonderful I don’t want to take it apart.

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