Saving the World… Thoughtful Thursday Selection

Requirements are such a pain, aren’t they?

I mean, why was it necessary for me to stipulate arbitrarily that today’s haiku must follow the 5/7/5 syllable count and also rhyme and illustrate a passionate cause?

Well, of course…because it makes the selection process all that much easier when those submissions do not meet the requirements set unto and forthwith, as well as erstwhile.


Anyway, there are some mighty fine haiku – and mighty funny too – that, unfortunately, either don’t rhyme or meet the syllable count or have a missing or misunderstood cause of passion and therefore don’t qualify…


But I will say a few words about the haiku that are not today’s selection for this or that or the other reason…

– I think it awesome how Queen J Hardy Carroll’s non-rhyming haiku speaks in the third person…as in the “Royal We.” Though I wonder about the Queen’s priorities when his “most passionate cause” appears to be that of dissing drum solos.

– Queen Clintington, with his non-rhyming and, judging against the prompt requirements, non-reasoning haiku wins the “Make Kurt Legitimately LOL” award. On top of that, I especially enjoy how the Queen orders his King about.

– Queen Josh Wrenn’s haiku is pure awesomeness, one I can empathize, sympathize, and actualize with, and it would be a definite selection contender had it not been missing a couple of letters critical to the overall effect of the poem. I’m not much of a cursing kinda guy, despite my sailorness, but sometimes, there are no better alternatives to a big, fat, juicy curse word when effectively deployed. And this haiku by Queen Josh is one of those sometimes in my estimation.

– Queen Myas’s beautiful wonderment of an extended haiku was out of bounds by the length of eight syllables or so.

– Queen Ritu wins the “Elision Award” for her effective use of “d’ya.”

– Had Queen MLJ’s procrastinating polite poem rhymed, as awesome as it is, whoa…

– Queen Mandy Moran, with her powerfully potent political haiku unfortunately did not rhyme; however, had she had followed the rules properly, her Realm of Anarchy would have been immediately delegitimized.

Which leaves us with one haiku. One of perfect parts, and of resounding rhymes, and, most critically, of profound and powerful poetry. And as a bonus, her passion of a cause in the form of today’s haiku is my passion of a cause in the form of today’s haiku. Awesome.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Queens and Queens, it is my pleasure to present to you today’s Thoughtful Thursday selection…

by Queen Dancing Echoes

Gaia doesn’t play,
In the end She’ll have her way,
Earth will win the day.

Thank you all very much for sharing your incredible poetry with us… And as always, if you’re interested in receiving a digital edition of one of my Amazon selections as a gift for your participation…hit me up via the Contact page.



Saving the World, One Haiku at a Time

[Thoughtful Thursday Prompt]


If World's Queen Were I

If World’s Queen were I
Nature’s Reign would never die
On Her I’d rely

For today’s prompt…

Queens* of the World, tell us in a rhyming haiku what cause you are most passionate about.

The 5/7/5 syllable count must be adhered to.

Special consideration for those submissions accompanied by an original relevant photograph or artwork. Copyright responsibilities are assumed by the contributor.

And if I may have a quick word with my male friends…

Dudes, I hope your lack of participation in last Thursday’s prompt had nothing to do with the fact you must assume responsibilities as Queens of the World. I mean, come on… We forced our non-gender specific maleness down everyone’s throat, so to speak, in our literature since the beginning of the written word so it’s time for you to man* up and get over it already and let us know how you would make the world a better place if you lorded* over it as a Queen*.

Roger that?
Roger that.

*non-gender specific

This may explain things a bit.
Submissions close at 7pmish.
Selection announced sometime thereafter.
No comments other than submissions please.
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