Haiku: Beyond


Haiku: Relentless

Thanks to RonovanWrites for hosting the Haiku Challenge/Prompt every week.  This week’s words are “field” and “beacon.”  I was thrown for a loop with the word “beacon” and had an image of a lighthouse in my mind that I couldn’t shake.  So, I found inspiration in my historical studies.  I’m currently doing research on colonial New England and have been reading about the Mayflower and the perilous voyage it made to the New World.  Although there weren’t lighthouses, or light beacons, in 1621 when the colonists arrived at Plymouth, I’m sure they wished they had them.  The first lighthouse in America was built  in 1716 in outer Boston Harbor, Massachusetts.  Almost a century after the first Plymouth settlers!


“Bell Rock Lighthouse” 1819, Joseph Mallord William Turner.

Relentless by K.S. Fause

Steady, relentless;
Like a tireless field of waves
Pounding a beacon.

The painting can be found in the Public Domain.


Haiku: History

Much thanks to RonovanWrites for hosting the Haiku Challenge Prompt each week.  This week’s words are “miss” and “past.”  I can’t say wholeheartedly that I miss anything from my past, but I sure do long to study interesting people from the past.  I’m super excited to begin my master’s in history next month!

haiku_historyHistory by K.S. Fause

She longed for the past
with such fervor; missed all that
splendid history.

The image was made by me in Photoshop using digital collage paper and elements from Paul Kesselring.

Haiku: Enchanted

Much thanks to RonovanWrites for hosting the Haiku Challenge Prompt.  This week’s words are “beast” and “day.”  This is a much different haiku than I typically write, but the word “beast” inspired me to write something mystical.  Yet, I wanted a playful image that had some historical qualities (like my rabbit-butterfly-person’s clothing).


Enchanted by K.S. Fause

When day turns to night,
like enchanted butterflies,
mischievous beasts dance.

The image was made by me in photoshop using paper and collage elements from designer itKuPiLLi Imagenarium.

Haiku: Enemies

Much thanks to RonovanWrites for hosting the Haiku Challenge Prompt each week.  This week’s words are “fame” and “war.”  I was inspired by my studies of World War II and found Thomas Lea’s painting appropriate.  The painting is referred to as ” The Two-Thousand-Yard Stare” or “The Thousand-Yard Stare” and depicts the blank stare often associated with shell shock or post-traumatic stress disorder.  Lea was a notable American artist and novelist whose works—both visual and literary—centered around Texas, north-central Mexico, and his World War II experiences in the South Pacific and Asia.


Enemies by K.S. Fause

How is there fame in
war? Mowing down enemies
you have never met.

Thomas Lea’s painting found in the Public Domain.

Haiku: Winter’s Spite

Thanks to RonovanWrites for hosting the weekly haiku challenge.  This week’s words are “rare” and “harsh,” and my inspiration for this haiku comes from multiple sources.  It’s President’s Day here in the U.S., and the image of George Washington addressing his troops at Valley Forge is appropriate, considering I grew up minutes from Valley Forge.  My family still lives there and is experiencing below freezing temperatures and snow.  All the while, I’m enjoying a 70-degree sunny day in Southern California.


Winter’s Spite by K.S. Fause

Winter’s harshness strikes
my core with its spiteful force;
food, shelter are rare.

The image is a painting by American painter William Brooke Thomas Trego (1858–1909) and is entitled The March to Valley Forge (1883).  Trego is best known for his historical military scenes of the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Read more about George Washington’s winter at Valley Forge at USHistory.org.

The photo can be found in the Public Domain.

Haiku: Fret

Thanks to RonovanWrites for hosting the haiku challenge/prompt every week.  This week’s challenge was to include the words “fret” and “chill.”  For this haiku, I looked to Madame de Pompadour for inspiration.


Fret by K.S. Fause

A chill runs through me;
I fret at the sight of him.
He asks me to dance.

About Madame de Pompadour


Madame de Pompadour, by artist François Boucher (1703—1770)

Born Jeanne Antoinette Poisson (1721 — 1764), she was smart and beautiful, witty and graceful, and became the king’s mistress.  She married Charles Guillaume Le Normant d’Etioles, but caught the eye of King Louis XV at a ball.  After the king’s mistress died in 1744, Madame d’Etioles obtained a legal separation from Charles, and Louis made her his new mistress.  He granted her the title Marquise de Pompadour.  She may not have been Queen of France, but Jeanne was queen of fashion and a patroness of the arts and literature.  She was also the founder of the royal porcelain factory at Sèvres.


Read more about Marquise de Pompadour at the Louvre Museum.

Haiku: Colors

Thanks to RonovanWrites for hosting the haiku challenge prompt.  This week’s challenge was to include the words “pop” and “fail.”  For my haiku, I was inspired by Helen Keller.


Colors by K.S. Fause

Colors fail to pop
in my mind’s eye. Instead, I
feel cold blue, hot red.

 About Helen Keller

American author and political activist Helen Keller (1880—1968) was the first deaf blind person to receive a bachelor’s degree.  She was left deaf and blind at nineteen months old after suffering from either scarlet fever or meningitis.  As a blind and deaf child, Keller threw tantrums of rage, but her parents refused to commit her to an institution.  They met Alexander Graham Bell in 1886—inventor of the telephone—who recommended that they contact the Perkins Institution in Boston.  The institution sent out teacher Anne Sullivan (1866–1936), who lived with the Kellers and taught Helen how to communicate.  Years later, and with Sullivan’s help, Keller received her bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College in 1904.  She became a socialist, and from the 1910s to the 1920s, Keller was an active member of the Socialist Party of America and years later the more radical Industrial Workers of the World.   She was a supporter of the birth control movement and championed for women’s suffrage.

Haiku: Victory

Thanks to RonovanWrites for providing the haiku challenge prompt.  This week’s words are “joy” and “freedom,” and my inspiration came from the American Revolution (1775-83).


 Victory by K.S. Fause

Fighting for freedom
brings joy to the battlefield
after victory.


Haiku: Chains

Thanks to RonovanWrites for hosting the weekly haiku challenge/prompt!  This haiku is inspired by my studies of how Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, contributed to President Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.


 Chains by K.S. Fause

Deliver me from
these old chains; allow me to
make my own new scars.

photo credit:  via the Contraband Historical Society