I Doodle, You ‘Ku 2014 – 31


The concept is simple: Here’s a doodle. Now write a poem to accompany it!

New to doodleku? See the original post; you can also click here to keep track of each day.

This also wraps up the third I Doodle, You ‘Ku. This year was a bit bumpy and appreciate everyone that stuck through it with me and jumped in toward the end. Would love to hear what people thought, especially thinking about how the doodles differed from the last two years. Did they make you write differently in any way? What were your favorites?

I Doodle, You ‘Ku 2014 – 31

29 thoughts on “I Doodle, You ‘Ku 2014 – 31

  1. Rising Quietly

    unknowing. I stop. beside the pond. pausing. in silence. settling. into silence. a cycle of breathing. a cycle of movement. hidden. an action. soaring. toward the light. sculpted. from unknown depths. this murky. muck. and radiant. darkness. into the brilliance. of each. lotus blossom. a flame. rising quietly. into Spring.

    each breath
    letting go into Spring
    lotus blossom

  2. aloha Aubrie. (a response to your question requests)

    yes, the “doodles” are quite different from year to year. particularly when different individuals are involved, which is to be expected of course. yet also between years by the same artist—especially when different materials are used. I like that. it may sometimes be subtle and sometimes quite distinct. either way, both are great variations as I see it.

    this variation (to me) has an effect on what and how I perceive, react and respond. I like that too.

    and yes again, a year in my life brings (hopefully) a change in the way I write and respond, even though the concept of your Doodle Ku Month remains essentially the same. it’s a great way to examine and gain insight into the shifts in my work. I like this aspect of your project.

    in the past year (the last several months really) I’ve become more and more hooked on haibun and ways I may approach it, much as I’ve been hooked on Haiga for a number of years now and haiku before that. once I started playing (which is my more serious form of work) with haibun as my response to your doodles, I became even more excited to explore what you were presenting. I like the challenge. collaborations of this nature (as I see it) inevitably take me out of my narrow blinders of thinking (again something I like when it happens) which is another reason I enjoy taking part in your Doodle Ku Month.

    just to note:
    I found the 50 word limit made the prose portion fun. I chose to use those 50 words on the prose alone. so I excluded the haiku and haibun title from my count. I also went beyond 50 words in the prose occasionally, especially with the first few, until I looked up your preference. if my count eliminates my responses from your finished gathering I’m okay with that and understand the need for the limitation. the fun for me remains with the creating moments—and of course outside of the project the haibun would be fine (imo) in the way I see haibun. so no problem if this is the case with my over-the-limit word numbers.

    a fun writing month for me. thank you. and of course, fun on. aloha rick.

    1. oh. oops. a P.S.
      your cherry blossom doodle is a gem. I rarely have favorites because as I see it, liking something almost always depends on context and relationship. in that sense I have enjoyed all of your works. fun again. aloha.

    2. Rick, thanks so much for the thoughtful response! I really appreciate the time you took to reflect.

      I really enjoyed watching you experiment with haibun this year in combination with the doodles! Limits are there for some sense of order and whatnot, but I’m also more concerned with you guys getting something from the experience. All the other decisions can come later.

      1. exactly why (okay one of the reasons why) it’s so much fun to participate in your project.

        thank you for the time you put in to provide the doodles. i know that is a challenge in itself.

        this has been a delight. and you have now another big challenge—to select. i know. because there are so many great responses. fun. aloha.

  3. No worries about the bumpiness! We’re all busy, but I’m glad we’ve finally finished! I’m definitely glad I was able to finish it all today! It was a bit hectic last week as I had a lot of things going on, but it felt great knowing that I’ve finished my first #doodleku challenge. I personally didn’t participate the last 2 years. I tried, but I remember having way too many projects to keep up with, so in the end, I couldn’t finish or at least take on another writing project, so sorry! I’m not able to compare! I do like the fact though that these doodles are in color! It’s a great change. I think changing it up every year is fun and keeps everyone engaged.

    Since I’d been dabbling in tanka and sedoka, it was personally a fun challenge for me to spend the entire month writing and thinking in tanka. Of course, I had a few ‘ku here and there, but it was enjoyable writing in tanka. Perhaps next year, I might take up writing sedoka everyday to your doodleku challenge. 🙂

    I had several favorites of your doodles – Days 8, 11, 20, and 31. Hard to pick just one! As for favorites of my own tanka, I found that the more your doodles were ambiguous or mysterious, the stronger my tanka were. So even though there may be a day when I really liked your tanka, my tanka written for that day may not be as strong comparatively to the other days. I guess perhaps writing tanka required a certain perspective to your doodle rather than my sincere appreciation to it (not that I didn’t appreciate all of your doodles; they were all awesome!). I found it fascinating to see how my tanka writing process unfolded with each of your doodle.

    Thanks so much for a lovely challenge, Aubrie. I really did enjoy this adventure! Hopefully, I can come back again next year for another round! 🙂

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