Random Word Generator: haiku

Jane Dougherty adds some random words from the Oracle. I had to add a word to make this haiku work, but the rest of the word inspiration is from the list.

I don’t like to use “ing” words in syllabic poetry, because it seems like you didn’t find a better word to express your thoughts. Because the words appear on the word list, I used them.

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whispering autumn...
mist rings, chalk the morning sky
dazzling copper tree

© Colleen M. Chesebro

34 thoughts on “Random Word Generator: haiku

  1. I love the dazzling copper trees!

    As Jane says, you don’t have to use only the words or the form they’re in–als Oracle II sometimes includes words liked “educat.”

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  2. Whispering autumn is so much more beautiful and evocative than “autumn whispers”. People use -ing words because they work and sound better in many circumstances. Sound is as important as meaning I think. This is lovely. (K)

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  3. “chalk the morning sky” – what a beautiful and original line, Colleen. I’m always amazed at what poets do with Oracle words. I’ve tried and can’t seem to wrap my head around it. Beautiful poem.
    (And thanks for the lovely comment on Robbie’s blog. I can’t reply there, so wanted to give you a hug here. <3)

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    1. Awww thanks, Diana. You are so good at this word play. I’m trying to look outside the box in my imagery… it doesn’t have to be exact… that makes it more relatable, I think. One of your descriptions really stuck with me and I’ve used it, “hem the sky.” I think that’s stunning the way you used it in The Necromancer’s Daughter. 😍

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    1. That’s so interesting. I’ve read that using “ing” words is not something we should do. Gerunds are words that are formed with verbs but act as nouns, like I used whispering. They’re very easy to spot, since every gerund is a verb with ing tacked to its tail. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told by an editor, not to use gerunds in my writing. But then… when properly placed, gerunds add a sense of movement to poetry. Also… many poets use gerunds to satisfy the word count. It’s a fine line to walk.

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