@RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku Challenge: Foul & Sweet

In response to Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: Foul & Sweet

 Unopened choc’late

Was a treat from holidays

 But the sweet turned foul.


This happened to me just last night, so I wished I’d taken a picture of the off chocolate before I threw it in the bin. Actually, it was the very same chocolate which I had written a haiku about after I’d come back from holidays last year. I had called it “green tea and daggers“. Above is the photo I took after I came back from holidays (that’s 11th October 2014 for my American friends).

It was my last green tea flavoured kitkat, and it had gone all permanently half-melted…

On another note, how many syllables are in chocolate? I pronounce it as “choc’late” so I wrote it like that to emphasis that pronunciation, but I suppose there must be some people who pronounce it properly. Does anyone here pronounce the whole three syllables?

And thanks again to Ronovan for another great haiku challenge!

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@RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge

In response to Ronovan Writes’ Weekly Haiku Challenge: Miss & Past

Sir Terry Pratchett

Though you have now passed,

You will still inspire us.

We will all miss you.

 Rest In Peace Terry Pratchett, creator, satirist, brilliantly clever.

P.S. We will keep the orangutans safe.



@RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku Challenge: Beast& Day

In response to Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge

When one day’s delay

left Beast heartbroken, dying,

Beauty’s heart broke too.

We take for granted

The love we have for others

Don’t leave it too late…

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@RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Challenge: War and Fame

In response to Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge.

war-weary landscape

seeks deeper infamy, so

deepens destruction

I was shocked again with the latest video that ISIS proudly dumped into the lap of the world media. It is not enough for them to destroy their own people and threaten to destroy the rest of the world – they have attacked their own history, one of ‘the cradles of civilisation’.

“Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group’s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East.

The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.” – from The Guardian website http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/26/isis-fighters-destroy-ancient-artefacts-mosul-museum-iraq

Destruction: Isis thugs push a statue to the ground at a museum in Mosul. Source: UK’s Mirror (Yes I know the Mirror isn’t a great source but they had actual stills of the video posted)


This is messed up, but unfortunately it is nothing new. The two largest standing statues of Buddah were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

Ancient Archeological Sites That Were Destroyed By Stupid Humans

There are so many examples of hateful people destroying art, culture and knowledge, not just in the middle east but all over the world. The Nazi’s book burnings. Pol Pot’s decapitation of Buddhist statues. These are not acts of one country invading another – the desecration is self-inflicted. It is so, so sad.


I took this picture in 2010


We believe certain things are sacred, that they will be kept and preserved for the good of the human race even when we war against each other. It is a terrible truth that nothing is sacred, especially when it can be used to incite further fear and hatred.


Weekly Haiku Prompt: Remember Those Without

Caught in first world issues

We so rarely glimpse outside.

Blind to the harsh world.

There are so many instances when the world has been outraged about some calamity and then forgotten about it the very next week. We prefer to forget – it is easier than remembering just how terrible the world is, and how terrible we ‘humans’ can be. But we must keep our eyes open so we know how lucky we are and remember to show kindness to everyone. You never know what they’ve been through.

Thanks again to Ronovan for the weekly haiku prompt.


Weekly Haiku Challenge: A Contented Hermit

Your wait is wasted.

If this is the path you want

I cannot follow.

You think to help me?

Then do not dare to guilt me.

Here, I am content.


Thanks to Ronovan for this week’s haiku challenge: wait & follow.


Weekly Haiku Challenge: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

“Fifty Shades of Grey…

Why’s it on Valentine’s Day?

That is just messed up.”

“Each to their own, yeah?

We’re free to like what we like.

You’re not forced to watch.”

“I don’t really care.

For me, Valentine’s is just

To eat cheap choc’late.”


In case you were wondering, I agree most with the final opinion 😉 Don’t even need to be in a relationship to reap the benefits of Valentine’s Day!

Thanks again to Ronovan for this week’s haiku challenge: Force and Free.


Weekly Haiku Challenge: Lethargic Heat


Fret about the heat

Long warm days tiring me out

Wish the weather’d chill

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge this week was fret & chill.

Maybe it’s a little selfish to complain about heat when my friends in the Northern Hemisphere are still in winter (though some are telling me it’s getting nice and mild, others still have pictures to prove the snow’s still around). I guess I’ve just had a slack day. Almost went for an afternoon snooze, and now I feel like the heat of the day is brimming under my skin. I should take my own advice and drink more water.

Gonna have an ice cold drink now 🙂

PS ‘Tiring’ is two syllables. Trust me, I googled it 😉

PPS I know the photo was taken back in October, but it was a good one, and I was too lazy to go outside and take a new picture of glaring sunlight. Plus the plant probably isn’t in bloom like that anymore. I think it’s the apartment block next door’s front yard?

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Weekly Haiku Challenge: #Tay4Hottest100

If the hipsters fail

Pop music comes out on top

Gotta Shake It Off!

Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge has provided a surprisingly relevant challenge with the words ‘pop’ and ‘fail’.

While I’m not big into music, I am big into watching indies completely lose their sh*t over #Tay4Hottest100

This isn’t because I’m a horrible and vidictive person (…well, that isn’t THE reason) I just think it will be funny.

For those who don’t know, every Australia Day (that’s January 26th, the landing of the First Fleet, so there’s plenty of controversy surrounding that day without this mess but this isn’t the time for that…) Triple J (which is an old and hugely popular alternative radio station that airs across the country) counts down their Hottest 100 list of songs from the previous year. Triple J is for indies, hipsters, and people who enjoy alternative music, but it’s become something of a tradition that every Australia Day EVERYONE MUST (along with the older traditions of getting drunk, eating lamb, and sitting in a blow-up pool #straya) listen to the Triple J countdown and complain about it.

It’s pretty rare for any ‘popular’ song to make the list. I think the three times I took part in this two decade old tradition I couldn’t recognise any of the songs played, except for that one time when Thrift Shop took the top spot.

Taylor Swift’s Aussie fans have collectively decided to rort the system by voting “Shake It Off”, the poppiest pop song ever, into what is pretty much the anti-pop charts. See, anyone can vote online for the Hottest 100, but the list of song choices are made up of what Triple J has played in the last year, which does not include any Taylor Swift song. Being liberally minded folk, Triple J has a loop-hole where you can type in the name and artist of the song you want to vote for. What has usually been the domain of Triple J die-hards has now attracted the focus of people who want prove their dedication to Taylor Swift, just because they can.

This sh*t has made the news in Australia repeatedly for the past month. I kind of hope these Swifties win, just to see peoples reactions to it 🙂




Weekly Haiku Challenge: Je Suis Charlie

Heartening support

For the Freedom of the Press.

Oui, Je Suis Charlie.

When Ronovan set his challenge to use the word ‘freedom’ I could think of nothing else but Charlie Hebdo. ‘Joy’ was a little inappropriate, I thought, but luckily Ronovan allows the use of synonyms, so I was able to use ‘heartening’.

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