A life in Haiku – February 2013

I found a group on Facebook that I liked the idea of, just before I went into hospital on 9th February. It’s called “A year in haiku” and it’s a group of people writing haiku to describe their daily lives.

I wanted to join in and create something regularly. I also invited a handful of my friends whom I thought would probably join in and enjoy reading them.

We’re using a pretty loose interpretation of haiku – we have assumed that the haiku are lines of 5,7,5 syllables. Traditional haiku consist of 17 “on” (sounds), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively – and apparently syllables and on are not the same… (but I think we’ll probably pretend they are!!)

So… here are my February haiku:


A year in haiku
Life described in concise ways
Is quite inspiring


I’m awake early.
My scary operation
may happen today.

Lots of friends sent love,
said that it will all be fine;
A new me awaits.


Hospital busy;
Organise my visitors
Lean back, close my eyes


Watching the snow fall
Tucked up cosy and warm in
A reclining bed

Physio visit
Says pain to be expected
Time to stretch muscles

Smarting a little,
Pain where something used to be
Adjustment will come.


An offer of toast
Morning’s marmitey pleasure
So nice to be asked


New boobs, new nuisance.
Immobility means cross,
frustrated old mare.


😀 😀 😀
The best news today?
Consultant confirmed cancer
has indeed f*cked off.
😀 😀 😀


Day out with a friend;
a creative conference,
inspiring and fun.


A good day today;
Made a new like-minded friend
via Facebook groups

She is full of beans
Cancer made us both make plans
to go hang-gliding.


A successful night!
Lots of lovely ladies came
and fab friends helped out 🙂