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A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

 

Date: April, 2016

Challenge: Create 26 blog posts, one for each letter of the alphabet.

Post them every day in April, with Sundays off.

I almost didn’t do it. I’m a horrible procrastinator, and when I say I will do something and don’t do it…well hello there, anxiety!

 

scared baby

 

But I took the challenge and damned if I didn’t pull that sucker off. I chose haiku as my method of delivery—haikus are short, and I figured the only way to get 26 consecutive blog posts read was to make them short. And I chose phobias as my theme. Why phobias? Probably because I was scared.

But haiku? What the heck did I know from haiku? I’d never written one; I barely remembered the form had to do with syllables (three lines of 5, 7, and 5 respectively, for a total of 17 syllables). But I decided I liked the simplicity of the form and knew that a formula of sorts was the only way I would ever get the 26 posts done. And, wonder of wonders, haiku came easily to me. I actually had comments praising my poetry, and remarking on the power of my symbolism.

 

say-what-baby

 

Somewhere around mid-April, another literary blogger (completely unrelated to the A to Z Challenge) invited me to co-write a dark literary poem with another established poet.

Folks, I don’t write poetry, per se. I may delve into the occasional prose-poem thing to color a point, but I am a novelist. I write suspense, mystery, horror fiction. I am not a poet and I know it.

The only reason I can think of for this erudite fellow to invite me to write poetry is that he must have stumbled on my blog, saw my haikus, figured he’d throw me a bone. And when he asked, I of course said, “I’d be honored, when is it due?”

 

challenge-accepted-thumb

 

Because that’s what you do. If you want to succeed, you take the challenge. You say YES more often than you say NO.

Years ago, when my then music director (I am also a musician) asked me to direct an upcoming musical, I said yes. Now…I play guitar and I sing. I have written plays and sketches. I have directed some dramatic pieces, and even performed in some half-assed musicals. But I have never directed one—and this one had multiple soloists, dancers, and a chorus of fifty. And multiple set changes. But he asked and I figured I’d jump and learn how to fly on the way down.

That’s what the A to Z Challenge taught me—or maybe a better word is Reminded me. Because I’ve been here before, but the past several years have driven my head into the sand. I’ve said NO far more often than YES, and I believe I have suffered for it. I’m not advocating for anyone to overstress themselves, or take on too much. But be open. Don’t say NO because it is what you have become used to saying.

When I was a new parent (some thirty years ago) I heard a respected child psychologist advise parents to say yes to their children as often as possible. “If there’s not a genuinely valid reason to say no (the safety of the child for instance), then practice saying yes.” I took that to heart and my children grew up—as far as I can tell—happy and well-adjusted.

Our inner child/artist/wild person deserves that same affirmation. Say yes whenever possible; when it makes sense, but also when it doesn’t.

Give in once in a while. Direct that musical. Own that karaoke. Let the poet inside you take a run at a haiku or a sonnet. It may open doors you didn’t even know were there.

A final haiku, because my Yes has created a monster:

 

Give yourself a chance.

Why make it no? Just say yes.

Screw Nancy Reagan.

 

Lastly, a shout-out to a couple A to Z bloggers who I really enjoyed.

An Artist’s Path, and Kai’s Life. Something spoke to me from these bloggers, and I recommend them to you without reservation.

 

a to z survivor 2016

 

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A - Z Badge

 

A to Z Challenge.

Wherein we track phobias,

with pleasant Haiku.

 

At long last, we come to Haiku’s terminus.

It’s been fun, folks, this syllabic jaunt,

and I leave you with this to ponder…

 

 

~ April 30th ~

Zeusophobia – Fear of God or gods.

All-knowing, always.

He’s watching, I cannot hide.

In my heart…He lurks.

 

 

Z-Fear of God

 

 

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A - Z Badge

 

A to Z Challenge.

Wherein we track phobias,

with pleasant Haiku.

 

~ April 29th ~

Ymophobia- Fear of contrariety

This, that, the other.

Mock harmony, one and all.

Yin, Yang…go away.

Y-Fear of Contrariety

 

 

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A - Z Badge

 

A to Z Challenge.

Wherein we track phobias,

with pleasant Haiku.

 

~ April 28th ~

Xyrophobia – Fear of razors.

Surface shines, edge gleams,

with lightest touch ripping seams.

Epidermis screams.

 

 

 

 

X-Fear of Razors

 

 

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A - Z Badge

 

A to Z Challenge.

Wherein we track phobias,

with pleasant Haiku.

 

~ April 27th ~

Wiccaphobia – Fear of witches and witchcraft.

Crones gather, whisper.

Incantate, decide my fate.

A hex, pox, boils pop.

W-Fear of Witches

 

 

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A - Z Badge

 

A to Z Challenge.

Wherein we track phobias,

with pleasant Haiku.

 

~ April 26th ~

Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women.

Again caught staring,

at crystalline perfection.

Eyes, lips, hair…save me.

 

 

 

V-Fear of Beautiful Women

 

 

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A - Z Badge

 

A to Z Challenge.

Wherein we track phobias,

with pleasant Haiku.

 

~ April 25th ~

Uranophobia – Fear of heaven.

Golden streets tarnish,

under found souls’ wandering.

Eternally trapped.

 

 

 

U-Fear of Heaven

 

 

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A - Z Badge

 

A to Z Challenge.

Wherein we track phobias,

with pleasant Haiku.

 

~ April 23rd ~

Trypanophobia – Fear of needles / injections.

Silvery harpoon.

Stab, pierce, violate smooth flesh.

Air bubble creeping…

T-Fear of Needles

 

 

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A - Z Badge

 

A to Z Challenge.

Wherein we track phobias,

with pleasant Haiku.

~ April 22nd ~

Somniphobia – Fear of sleep.

Caffeine, more caffeine.

Stave off slumber, stay alive.

Freddy…is that you?

 

S-Fear of Sleep

 

 

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A - Z Badge

 

A to Z Challenge.

Wherein we track phobias,

with pleasant Haiku.

 

~ April 21th ~

Rhypophobia: fear of defecation.

Halt food; no more fuel:

it continues to build up.

Stop the poop…bloated.

R-Fear of Pooping

 

 

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