It has been 2 weeks since I wrote some poems for my blog, I think. It’s about time to get back to my poetry writing every week. 🙂 I took my parents and brother to Bali for a family holiday last weekend, and the beautiful Balinese landscape and greenery has inspired me to come back to write anew. 😀
For RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #116, the word prompts are ‘home’ and ‘leaves’. I wrote a haiku about the little garden in my parents’ front yard that is overflowing with all kinds of plants.
Dreams of Home
Dreams of home sweet home
Where leaves flutter in the wind
And flowers glitter
Fresh new beginnings
Fly by on the winds of change
To scale greater heights
Khor Hui Min
16 June 2016
Let’s look forward to a better tomorrow, and actively and collectively work towards making today better than yesterday, and tomorrow better than today. If everybody does a little good, no matter how small, it will contribute directly or indirectly towards the well-being of oneself and the collective well-being of others in the long term. This is because doing something good not only benefits the recipient of the good deed, but it also makes us feel good about ourselves. 😀
For Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Challenge #82, the word prompts are ‘star’ and ‘child’. I imagined stars in the universe, the milky way, and children born full of potential to make the world a better place than their parents and grandparents before them.
We are all star dust Children of the universe
Radiant unique beings
This week is RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge No. 80. The two word prompts are ‘style’ and ‘fresh’. By the way, 8 is an auspicious number (according to Chinese traditions) – it symbolises prosperity. 🙂
The two word prompts got me thinking about consumerism and planned obsolescence. If you have never heard of the word ‘obsolescence’ before, the Oxford Dictionary defines it as ‘the process of becoming obsolete or outdated and no longer used within a short time. As an extension to that, ‘planned obsolescence‘ refers to the modern manufacturing and design tricks that ensure that products only last a few short years, so that consumers will have to discard their broken products to buy new products. This translates into more sales and more revenue, but on the flip side, it generates too much waste that is filling up our landfills daily. I was also inspired by Max Gor’s photo of disposable plastic water bottles floating in the fountain at Trafalgar Square. He aptly named the photo ‘Human Impact’.
So the next time you want to buy something, think about its durability before you spend your money. It is to your advantage if you buy durable and high quality products that are made to last. Do not decide on buying something according to its look, attractiveness or based on fashion trends. Buy something that is robust, hardy and perhaps classic (transcends fleeting fashion trends).
However, now there is a new trend emerging – the rise of the ‘buy it once’ trend. It shows that consumers are smarter now, and businesses are thinking for the benefit of the consumers and the planet as well. I hope this trend will stay around for good.
Fresh styles of fashion
Planned obsolescence be damned
Christmas is just around the corner, and it is the season to be merry. I’m not a Christian, but I like Christmas like any other person on the street. To me, Christmas is about reconnecting with family and friends, and the spirit of giving.
For RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge this week, I was inspired by the season, Christmas songs, choirs, family reunions and the word prompts ‘song’ and ‘day’. 🙂
Songs of Joy
Let’s sing songs of joy
On this Christmas Day
I read with interest that Ronovan is starting a free eBook project to share the work of those participating in the weekly haiku poetry prompt challenge. The book will first be published as an eBook on Smashwords. After a period of time, the book will be put on Amazon as well. This is something to look forward to in 2016. 🙂
Now, on to today’s entry for week #73 of the weekly haiku challenge. The word prompts are ‘black’ and ‘white’.
Black or White
What do colours mean?
Does it matter – black or white?
Fresh outlook needed?
After being MIA from Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge for a few weeks, I’m finally back at haiku writing again. I just missed the deadline, I think, but I shall write my haiku anyway. 😉 The two word prompts are ‘life’ and ‘give’.
Challenge of Life
What challenge endured
What would you and I but give
For a life well lived