This Old Pond Comics was inspired by NaHaiWriMo’s daily theme: Absolution.
Sometimes, I like to imagine how Master Kawazu and Kaeru would sum up, in just one line, the lesson in the comic. (There are two versions to each story, like they say…)
“You didn’t write a haiku today? I forgive you… Not!” – Master Kawazu.
“Procrastination is not an option when you study with Master Kawazu”
– Kaeru the apprentice.
These one-liners are tweeted.
in winter wind
the pig giggles
in his sleep
— Kobayashi Issa (translated by David G.Lanoue)
The thought of a “pig giggling in his sleep” is just too funny.
“If writing a haiku doesn’t hurt, you’re not doing it right.” — Master Kawazu, from Old Pond Comics.
If I had a haiku master, my biggest fear would be to disappoint him. Fortunately, since I don’t have a haiku master, I can only disappoint myself. – JT (Old Pond Comics)
NaHaiWrimo prompt: Ambiguity.
(NaHaiWriMo prompt of the day was: acorn)
Writing a daily haiku is good discipline but it can be difficult to achieve without exterior motivation. If you don’t have a haiku master to motivate you, you should join NaHaiWriMo. During the National Haiku Writing Month (an event founded by Michael Dylan Welch), you are invited to write one haiku a day for a month. The event takes place in February, but some poets continue writing a daily haiku all year long.