Haiku Contest

This morning when I wrote about various writing prompts being offered today &/or this month, I forgot an important one. The Haiku Foundation is doing a Kukai, or informal haiku poetry contest where poets submit on a particular theme.

If you’re a writer of haiku, you can check out the rules and submit poems HERE

And now, since it’s National Poetry Month in the US, I’ll participate with one of my own verses, a senryu:

she smiled
but would not tell us why
burning cinders

An Old Joke, Slightly Enhanced

The DISCOVER writing prompt for today is JOKE, so I’m retelling an old joke for you.

When Jane’s husband came into the house one afternoon, she grabbed his arm in a tight squeeze. “I think we’d better do some serious talking, Pat,” she told him, dabbing at a tear. “I’ve just talked to the doctor and I get the impression I may not be with you much longer.”

Pat was stunned. He knew Jane had just been to the doctor a few days before and had a test done. “Is this about your test results? What did he tell you?”

“No, this is about the prescription he gave me. He definitely told me I’d need to take these pills for the rest of my life. But when I looked at the bottle I saw he’d given me a thirty-day supply — and it says NO REFILLS!”

Pat gasped. “It can’t be.”

“I had to know the truth, so I called and asked if I really have only a month left in this old world.”

“And what did he say,” Pat asked anxiously.

Jane grabbed a tissue and blew her nose. “He laughed.”

“Laughed! You’re dying and he laughs about it? Did he give any explanation?”

“I was so disturbed just I hung up. I was knocked for a loop for a minute, but then I decided to call the florist and order a $200 bouquet to cheer me up. And then I thought, why not live a bit while I’m still here, so I called Splash Pools and Saunas and ordered us a hot tub. Then I made an appointment for us to go on an airplane ride next week. I’ve always dreamed of doing that.”

Poor Pat almost fell over. Just then the phone rang. Pat answered and listened a moment. “I see. Yes, I see.” He heaved a sigh of relief. “Well, thank you doctor. We were so worried for a bit there. I’m glad to hear it’s all a misunderstanding.”

He paused and whispered to Jane. “Doctor says you’re good for twenty years yet. There’s no need to panic; you can get all the refills you need.”

Then he spoke to the doctor again, “Thanks so much for calling. This will set Jane’s mind at rest. However, I’m afraid my wallet just had a heart attack.”

Sampling the Offerings

According to Merriam-Webster, to PERUSE means to go over and mentally take in the content of something. Well, I’ve been perusing various posts this morning and have discovered some new and delectable choices on the internet buffet. I thought you might like to peruse them, too, if you haven’t already.

An excellent article:
In his latest post, John Pavlovitz says a lot about what is really important during this time of physical distancing. Though we’re all waiting out this quarantine, don’t miss out on the joys of today. Do take a moment to pop over and read his article HERE.

National Poetry Month:
A couple of important writing prompts have been announced. National Poetry Month starts today. For a touch of home and romance, you can read S. Thomas Summers’ verse, A Kiss, here.

A New Month-Long Prompt from WP:
A few days ago Ben Huberman from WordPress announced that they would be offering writing prompt words all through the month of April — possibly for the sake of those who are isolated at home with not much to do.  More info HERE. The first word is up now and it follows the April 1st theme: JOKE.

And there’s always Friday Fictioneers and the Ragtag Daily Prompt. In case you are sitting at home and need something to keep busy with. I noticed when the snow all melted that our yard needs a good clean-up. 🙂