In honour of it being October, a month of ghosts and ghouls and all things scary, this month’s haiku theme is “Fears”. Is there anything about your heart condition that scares you? Or maybe living with a heart condition has made you less scared of something? Are your fears for yourself or for your loved ones…or both? Perhaps it’s potential future treatments that frighten you, or the lack of them? Maybe you’re scared of dying, or of being kept alive? Maybe you worry about not being able to do everything you want to or you worry about your financial security? Perhaps appointments fill you with dread? Maybe you’re really scared of needles and you need to go for your flu jab! Whatever your fears, let us know about them in a haiku (or other) form in the comments. I’ll do my best to have the monthly zine ready to download in time for Halloween. 🎃
I realise this could be a sensitive topic for some and you may prefer to contribute anonymously. Remember, you don’t have to comment under your real name – a pseudonym is fine and I’ll use whatever name you leave with your comment when I make up the finished zine. Also, feel free to interpret the prompt any way you like and to reveal as much or as little as you choose – would be great to see some tongue-in-cheek responses to the topic alongside more serious contributions.
The usual reminder: a haiku is a three-line poem with 17 syllables, arranged so there are 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the third. But, as ever, we are not the haiku police and nobody will be penalised for having the “wrong” number of syllables. ALL creative contributions are welcome and will be received so gratefully!
I haven’t got any examples of my own haiku this month, but I’ll try to come up with one or two over the coming weeks and will post them in the comments if I do. Happy (or haunted?!) haikuing!