Haiku: Pathways

I just popped over to see what the prompt is this week at One Deep Breath and found out the theme is “Pathways.” Cool! I took a photo just a few days ago that fits that theme and it made me think of a Haiku. So here we go.

My shadow rushes
ahead, eager to reach the
path. A journey starts.

“A Journey Starts”

32 Responses to “Haiku: Pathways”

  1. on 19 Jun 2006 at 12:56 am Jennifer

    ok, you are quick! and that is a very cool photo! love your haiku too… Just plain great entry.

  2. on 19 Jun 2006 at 1:26 am Catherine

    Yes, really quick, I hadn’t found the prompt there yet - been at work all day.
    It is a great photo and the haiku fits it perfectly

  3. on 19 Jun 2006 at 3:00 am Amber

    Oooooo, lovely!

  4. on 19 Jun 2006 at 3:19 am Krisitin La Flamme

    I love it when stuff just works like that. Great picture, haiku, and timing!

  5. on 19 Jun 2006 at 5:08 am AscenderRisesAbove

    a wonderful photo; it just sparkels

  6. on 19 Jun 2006 at 6:49 am Neil

    As a kid, I used to love looking at myself when the sun would elongate my shadow. I always thought it made me look like I was walking on stilts.

  7. on 19 Jun 2006 at 7:45 am paris parfait

    I’m with Neil about the shadows and the stilts. And we actually did have stilts and walk around on them! Great poem and photograph.

  8. on 19 Jun 2006 at 8:21 am Becca

    I love your long, tall shadow. And I think I will make your haiku my mantra for the rest of the summer, if not forever!

  9. on 19 Jun 2006 at 8:52 am Endment

    What a wonderful begining to the haiku week —
    Wonder if any of us can begin to match this :)

  10. on 19 Jun 2006 at 8:59 am acumamakiki


  11. on 19 Jun 2006 at 9:47 am Tracie

    I love this picture!!

    Michele says hi!

  12. on 19 Jun 2006 at 10:01 am Cate

    Such a hopeful, enthusiastic piece of writing! I love your haikus! And the photo matches the poem perfectly–that picture is fascinating! xo

  13. on 19 Jun 2006 at 10:02 am Janet

    You may just turn me into a haiku lover if this continues! The photo and the haiku are so perfect together.

  14. on 19 Jun 2006 at 10:51 am Janet (fondofsnape@gmail.com)

    love the colors!

  15. on 19 Jun 2006 at 11:06 am Gerrie

    Tres fabu!

  16. on 19 Jun 2006 at 11:15 am lovegreendog

    oh, this is great!!! very inspiring

  17. on 19 Jun 2006 at 11:32 am andrea

    Oh wow, this is very cool. I love how your legs just go on forever down the path of color and life. Beautiful!!
    P.S thanks for the help yesterday.

  18. on 19 Jun 2006 at 1:50 pm Laini

    Beautiful photo and beautiful haiku. Love them both! You’re so creative.

  19. on 19 Jun 2006 at 2:17 pm The Calico Cat

    That photo is so thought provoking and interesting - the color variations are inspired from grays to warm colors on the left and cool colors on the left… Well done! (Not to mention how well it fits in with the Haiku & the theme.)

  20. on 19 Jun 2006 at 2:52 pm Dara

    Very Robert Frost, both the photo and the haiku. And I loooove long legged shadows!

  21. on 19 Jun 2006 at 4:33 pm tiff


  22. on 19 Jun 2006 at 4:37 pm GreenishLady

    Wonderful! Love both the photo and the haiku.

  23. on 19 Jun 2006 at 5:16 pm la vie en rose

    you rock deb! the poem and the pic!!!

  24. on 19 Jun 2006 at 8:28 pm K.C.

    beautiful photo! what wonderful colors and words. very fitting.

  25. on 19 Jun 2006 at 9:39 pm Sapphire Dakini

    Love the photo!

  26. on 20 Jun 2006 at 12:20 am AnnieElf

    Wonderful timing. Beautiful technique on the photograph. I’d be interested in knowing how you achieved the soft colors.

  27. on 20 Jun 2006 at 2:00 am madretz

    excellent haiku!!

  28. on 20 Jun 2006 at 5:19 am susanlavonne

    Cool! is right! This is brilliant…the photo, your interpretation, really. (and I’m not British or Irish, so “brilliant” isn’t a word I use often :-)

  29. on 20 Jun 2006 at 9:47 am DebR

    Aaww, thanks everyone. I’m so glad you liked it. It’s not often that something just immediately clicks like that, so it’s always great fun when it happens and I get an “easy” week on a prompt. :-D
    AnnieElf, about the photo - I took that shot very late in the day (probably less than an hour before sunset) so the soft colors and sort of golden quality of the light (along with the long shadow, of course!) is partly just because of the time of day.

    But I also messed with it in Photoshop Elements a bit because I liked the idea of having the photo be gray tones in the foreground, moving back to color as the shadow reaches the path, so I used a filter option called “horizontal color” to achieve that. I also increased the contrast a bit because I wanted the shadow to really pop.

  30. on 20 Jun 2006 at 10:55 am Tammy

    I was out of town, but I’m glad I checked in here to see what everyone did. This photo was great! The haiku said it all! Great job!

  31. on 24 Jun 2006 at 4:56 pm michelle

    beuatiful haiku! Love the photo! :)

  32. on 25 Jun 2006 at 9:20 am DebR

    Thanks Tammy and Michelle! Glad you both enjoyed it!

    I’m looking forward to seeing what the theme is next.