Here We Go Again

Happy vernal equinox, all!

“I Doodle, You ‘Ku” is closing in on its last week and a half. It’s been a blast and I’ve been enjoying all the wonderful poems. I’m a greedy person and want to keep the fun rolling, and there are not nearly enough good fox poems in the world. I’ve also admired poets who can write in forms that rely on concrete imagery and still effectively tie in something as abstract as dreams. And because I like mashing two prompts together, I’m inviting you (or challenging, or begging and pleading…) to write about either/or.

Although I had planned to originally do this in March, I read that the Inari Matsuri Festival (see some nice background at the World Kigo Database) is April 22nd this year, so it seemed more fitting to put it off, which seems to have worked well in the end!

I will take small poems until Friday, April 20th about foxes and/or dreams. As I have with other projects, I will take up to 5, and you’re guaranteed at least one poem just for sending me something!

Theme/What to write about: Foxes and/or dreams.

What form: Haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, gogyōka, renku, haibun, haiga (doodles most welcome!), small stones, etc.

How many: As many as you want! I will take as many as 5 and no less than 1.

When: Send them in by Friday, April 20th (I will wait until the whole world has reached the 20th); I will post a PDF on this blog on April 22nd.

Where to send: Either leave a comment to this post or send an email to aubriecox [at] gmail [dot] com! If you email, put “FOX DREAMS” in the subject line, if you please.

Other important stuff:
Things you should keep in mind/include:

• Most journals will consider these works published

• If your work is already published, include the publishing credits (it’s kind of important and a nice thing to do)

• You, as the writer/artist/poet/etc, retain the rights to you work before and after it appears on my blog/in the PDF.

• If you want me to link back, please send along the name and link of your blog/Twitter account/website/etc! Also, make sure your have your name listed as you would like for it to appear.

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95 thoughts on “Here We Go Again

  1. jerry dreesen says:

    coming around the barn
    me and the fox

  2. pamela a. babusci says:

    count me aubrie! pamela

  3. Yousei Hime says:

    I’ll have something for you soon (so appealing to me now). In the meantime, if you have a bit of time, I’ve written something related to this challenge. I would love it if you would consider reading through it. It will eventually transform into a prose version (better suited and easier to read, I think), but it will still retain the haiku and tanka. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the story, the writing, and anything else.

  4. Yousei Hime says:

    Reblogged this on Shiteki Na Usagi and commented:
    I am reblogging this as much for myself as others. Anyone interested in haiku or other short forms, foxes and/or dreams, or just an excuse to write… be sure and check it out. The deadline is April 20th, so there is time enough to enjoy.

  5. leahjlynn says:

    i think i’ll give this a try.thanks

  6. haikutec says:

    thunder snow
    the wind-shifting scent
    of fox

  7. martin1223 says:

    autumn lake
    dusk settles on the red fox

    blue sky the paws of the arctic fox grow larger

    spring pond
    a red fox laps up
    the twilight

  8. martin1223 says:

    Sorry, I forgot…

    noon heat
    the dark of the fox’s yawn

  9. haikutec says:

    St Pancras station
    John Betjeman’s waistcoat
    dreams of a last train

    The Sir John Betjeman Statue at St Pancras

  10. haikutec says:

    Last three re dream theme:


    I learn to swordfight
    dreaming into the morning
    of cooking omelettes

    the Allalonestone
    just you, Great Auk
    and me

  11. martin1223 says:

    sunlight inches down the bedroom chair winter dream

    noon ice reverie
    a branch encased in light

  12. honored to be
    a safe place for a time
    wounded fox

  13. Peter Newton says:

    Quite sure I’ve never written a fox haiku but see what happens out here in the blogisphere, you start breathing the air and getting all sorts of new ideas . . .

  14. Yousei Hime says:

    rain glitters through bright sun
    fox wedding daydream

    (first for me)

    • Aubrie Cox says:

      Lovely! I gladly take it (I waited because you said first, but never saw any others.) Would you like your name to appear as “Yousei Hime”?

      • Yousei Hime says:

        Yes, that’s fine. I had grand plans, and faded out. I’ll try to get in something else before your deadline. Enjoying watching what has trickled in, as I’m sure you are as well.

  15. martin1223 says:

    fox dream
    the taste of snow
    and blood

  16. martin1223 says:

    fox dream
    through ice holes
    halo moons

  17. martin1223 says:

    fox dream
    the blue glow from the berg

  18. alee9 says:

    Hi Aubrie,

    Not sure if a sequence would fit in but anyway, each tanka can stand alone, I think. Thanks a lot for this wonderful space, really a great opportunity to write, share and be read!


    fox moon (tanka sequence for fox and dreams)

    fox moon
    must it always be
    this light
    that draws your anguish
    so feared so misunderstood?

    your paws
    on thawing banks the tracts
    you left for me
    as if I’ve lost you in
    the moon’s shifting moods

    the midnight wind sends
    you howling
    always you miss my whispers
    shushing your longings

    in dappled shadows
    the fire burns in your eyes
    singes rustling leaves
    you step in the moonlight
    where we lay down your embers

    come out of hiding
    what greater fate is there
    that awaits
    than for us to bare our desires
    we live for this and this alone

    Alegria Imperial

    • Aubrie Cox says:

      Alegria, I would love to include this sequence–I gladly accept it! The nice thing about electronic is you can make it fit. 😉

      And thank you for your kind words! I love having everyone here!

  19. alee9 says:

    Oh, thanks so much, Aubrie! I’m so thrilled and honored. I started with a haiku but it just kept going…I’m enjoying your doodles, too, and hope to go back to doodle one. Thanks again!

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  21. Aubrie Cox says:

    Just leaving a note to say I’ll make all final decisions about poems posted in the comments closer to the deadline (since I know some people may decide to come back and write more over the next couple weeks). So if you haven’t heard back, don’t worry! 🙂

  22. KC says:

    I have five for you…I think they’re tanka, with the 7,5,7,5,7,7 scheme. I’m not all that great at sticking to one form, so this was a helpful exercise in discipline. 😛

    Thank you for giving me a chance to write about one of my favorite subjects! 🙂

  23. KC says:

    Oops…forgot the name. Either “Kyotzeta” or “KC Sloan” will do just fine.

  24. Susan Murata says:

    dawn dream
    the red head fluffs
    her tail

  25. Susan Murata says:

    fox leaps
    the playful persistence
    of daydreams

  26. Susan Murata says:

    betweenlands fox
    slipping sideways
    into sleep

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  30. terrilfrench says:

    will work on mine Monday.

  31. “in your dreams, bub,”
    that look she gives me
    before i even have
    a chance
    to ask

    it really isn’t
    a dream after all
    this rainless day

    pub crawl
    two lonely guys
    fox hunting

  32. haikutec says:

    I wasn’t sure if you accepted any of my foxy ku, so here’s a published one of mine:

    virgin snow
    a fox makes prints
    for the morning

    Publications credits: Icebox, Hailstone Haiku Circle Japan (2010); a little help from my friends (Red Dragonfly ePamphlet 2011); The Haiku Calendar 2012 (Snapshot Press)

    Award credits:
    Runner Up, The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 (Snapshot Press)

    Dru Marland did an incredible artwork off the back of my haiku:
    haiku fox

  33. Jennifer Corpe says:

    things lost in the move
    a fox trots off
    with its kill

  34. terrilfrench says:

    Hi Aubs, here are a few dream-ku. No fox poems yet, that wiley bugger is evading me!

    spring forward
    an hour lost
    in delta-waves

    presque vu
    his name remembered
    in a dream

    in my dream
    birds with binoculars
    watch me fly

    (may need to doodle that last one!)

  35. Yousei Hime says:

    mother’s rascals chase under azaleas — fox kits

  36. terrilfrench says:

    political debate–
    two wily candidates
    on the Fox Network

    ; )

  37. Hi Aubrie, I just emailed you five of my own! I hope something fits! :-))

  38. Lucas Stensland says:

    Remember to sanitize your keyboard and mouse more often. Also, I think a good title would be “The Fantastic Ms. Cox.”

  39. terrilfrench says:

    fox hunt
    the beagle chases
    a butterfly

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  41. Kris Kennedy says:

    coy fox on the wall
    cardinal in the tree above,
    -a red letter day

  42. Kris Kennedy says:

    Red fox by water,
    seeing double in my dreams
    quiet camouflage

    • Aubrie Cox says:

      Kris, this one has a lot of charm to it—I especially like the “seeing double” part. The “quiet camouflage,” however, doesn’t seem to fit into the overall poem.

      I know you write a lot of 5-7-5, but how would you feel breaking from that to have something like…

      red fox by the water
      seeing double
      in my dreams

      Let me know!

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  46. Maria Santomauro says:

    so smart-
    the fox
    runs away

  47. Fergiemoto says:

    Hi! Would this apply? I posted this a couple of months ago on one of my blogs “Ichigo Ichie” along with the photo. Here is the haiku and link to the posting/photo:

    Vicissitudes swarm
    Thriving on a carousel
    Dreams evaporate


  48. Fergiemoto says:

    Here’s another haiku:

    Children splash in
    Puddles of aspiration
    Thawed dreams restored

    • Aubrie Cox says:

      Fergiemoto, thanks for the comments!

      While these do both include dreams in them, they’re trying a little hard for haiku. This second one definitely has some potential. I like that it has two parts and there is the very concrete aspect of children splashing in puddles.

      I wonder though–do the puddles need to be anything other than puddles? Part of the haiku aesthetic is to capture concrete things as they are, because part of the beauty is that thing as is. Also, how do we thaw dreams? I actually really like the phrase “thawed dreams” but the line as a whole feels like your asking the reader to decode the puzzle, which is the antithesis of the form.

      Could you perhaps try to revise this poem? I’d love to include you!

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  50. Whoops, did I miss it?

    I’ve had this conversation
    in a dream

  51. daphnepurpus says:

    Here goes:

    dreaming again
    a house
    I never knew

    of haiku prompts
    a fox on a swing

    the cat
    with fox-like stealth
    stalks his toy mouse

    a fox
    in the clouds
    view from the hot tub

  52. middaydreams
    the forgotten melt
    of iced tea
    from within my hands
    a note to say I miss you


    I thought I knew
    about cunning foxes
    was once from
    Wile E. Coyote


    hammock dreams
    stale scent of honeysuckles
    from my tongue


    Hope you find these to your liking, Aubrie! It’s still Friday, April 20th where I am, so I hope I’m not late!

    • Aubrie Cox says:

      Kathy, not too late at all! I’m still awake and working away, and as you noted, it’s still Friday. Waiting for the whole world to catch up. 😉

      I’d love to use this one:

      the forgotten melt
      of iced tea
      from within my hands
      a note to say I miss you

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