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Heeding Haiku With HA: To Derive Inspiration From Poetry # 1

William Blake : The Fly

Little fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength and breath,
And the want
Of thought is death,

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die. 


This week, the prompt is all about deriving inspiration from the poem, The Fly, by William Blake. To prod a poem to reveal its secrets, we have to be the voice that speaks the words, realizing their presence one after another and how they convey a message to us, within and out. Reading a poem is a journey not only through what the poet meant for us to understand but also, what and how we perceive a meaning which is just meant for us.

Once you have broken apart and restructured the words, framing them and holding them in your palms, you are to write a haiku or tanka, deriving inspiration from William Blake and your own self.

Basic guidelines:

  • English Haiku is a three-line poem structured in syllable count of 5-7-5. It visualizes an image, an expression or experience which can be measured in the time it takes you to inhale and exhale. Including a season word or kigo is an important element of haiku.
  • English Tanka is a five-line poem structured in syllable pattern of  5-7-5-7-7. The first two lines and the last two lines picture images and the third line is a pivotal line i.e. it signifies a grammatically correct meaning and completes the image either when paired with the first two lines or when paired with the last two lines.
  • Most importantly, feel free and write, do not be burdened by the rules or guidelines. Enjoy crafting a haiku or tanka. And after when you have made the post, you can submit the links to your posts in the linking widget below.

Happy Writing!

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About anmol

Anmol is an independent journalist, writer, and poet from India. They report on gender, health, food, and culture. Their work has appeared in the BMJ, Whetstone South Asia, Autostraddle, Mint Lounge, and other platforms.

12 comments on “Heeding Haiku With HA: To Derive Inspiration From Poetry # 1

  1. tempestletrope
    May 21, 2014

    I had great fun with this one. Thanks. 🙂


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  4. CC Champagne
    May 21, 2014

    You SO don’t like to make things easy, do you? *sighs but smiles* Great prompt! Hard as… Well, hard! But great!


    • anmol(alias HA)
      May 21, 2014

      I still hope that you had a fun time while reading and writing. 🙂


  5. Blog It Or Lose It
    May 22, 2014

    This is a great prompt — and for what it’s worth, I would LOVE to see more poetry-inspired prompts. 🙂 Thank you for offering us this challenge!


    • anmol(alias HA)
      May 25, 2014

      I am glad that you liked the prompt. There are four more to go, which are based on deriving inspiration from poetry. There is another one scheduled for the coming Tuesday and we will see about the rest of them later on with a small gap with some other prompts, I hope. 🙂


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