Black Cockatoo (draw a bird day) | by Kerfe Roig

Kerfe shared an excellent drawing of a Cockatoo and a Traditional Haiku. Combined together, I would say this poem qualifies as a Haiga poem. I’ve added her to my Weekly Poetry Stars! Make sure and stop by and say hello.

When you examine her poetry, the Haiku is the focus, although the meaning of the bird’s importance in the image is indicated by its coloring. Orange for the word “inferno,” while the shades of dark blue and purple suggest despair.

This is a great example of a Haiga featuring an implied metaphor by using colors from the image to add impact to her poem. Remember, when writing Haiku, an implied metaphor is acceptable because the reader interprets the metaphor, instead of the metaphor being stated in the poem.

When writing Haiku, we don’t use similes or intrinsic or overt metaphors that compare one thing to another, which is not based on fact. Intrinsic metaphors are figures of speech: fishing for compliments, it’s raining men, he broke my heart, etc.

Read about metaphors and similes HERE.

Black Cockatoo

©Kerfe Roig

Source: Black Cockatoo (draw a bird day)

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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37 Comments

  1. This is beautiful !

  2. That’s amazing

  3. Lovely share, Colleen. I saw this over at Kerfe’s blog.

  4. This is wonderful I really agree with the sentiments too💜💜💜

  5. Very meaningful!

  6. Yes, to the A+!

  7. Amazing work! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Beautiful art and poetry. Thank you for the share, Colleen.

  9. I’m just seeing this..thanks Colleen! You are he best. (K)

  10. A beautiful drawing of the cockatoo, Colleen. What a talent! My Sunday Stills theme this week is birds, and as I read through your newsletter, I saw the bird subject!

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