~Haiku Lesson~

Inspiration rains

At any time, any place

Share your source today

Today’s Assignment

When and/or where does inspiration for blog posts strike you?

Feeling creative? Share your answer in the form of a Haiku

signature for blog post.

P.S. The inspiration for this lesson came from the post “Imagine Slowing Down and Getting More Done” written by Melinda of WAHM Biz Builder as it reminded me of how when I’m in the shower, ideas for blog posts emerge.

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  1. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Oh no, not another poem challenge. Okay… off to put my pjs and thinking cap on. I’ll be back 🙂 Great idea Barbara. The comments should be fun to read.
    .-= Check out Davina´s awesome post: Night Before Christmas — Rewritten =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Oh dear, I forgot you just finished that poetry challenge.

      I’ll be waiting to see what you come up with. Since you’re probably still primed from that, I’m sure it will be great. 8)

  2. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara ..

    My brain decides
    interesting ideas arrive
    day of year, fun happenings

    My brain decides
    my mind contorts
    the post drifts out

    My brain decides
    the topics are found
    the research begins

    My brain decides
    the twisting tweaking begins
    the dregs of education arise

    My brain decides
    the writing is done, the button
    is pushed, the letter is sent ..
    for the world to see

    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Check out Hilary´s awesome post: Cricket Ball Squash, Santa Claus, Italy and us … =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hilary,

      What a beautiful way to describe how your blog posts go from creation to publishing. Do I sense a poet in you?

  3. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara… I think your haiku is brilliant, and I ah… kinda stole a line from it; heh, heh. Plus, I had some moral support and coaching from Joanna Young on Twitter just now…

    Never when I want,
    most times without a pen near,
    Inspiration rains.

    Ain’t that the truth!?

    @ Hilary “the twisting tweaking begins.” 🙂
    .-= Check out Davina´s awesome post: Night Before Christmas — Rewritten =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi again Davina,

      I agree. It’s usually when a pen is not near. Good one!

      And, thank you for the tweet.

  4. Transition cycles
    Awaken meaning making
    And the fire sparks, gold

    p.s. Barbara, I loved this! Thanks.
    .-= Check out Patty – Why Not Start Now?´s awesome post: A Cat’s Wisdom =-.

  5. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Hmmm … I am not a poet however, when I see a subject that strikes my fancy, up it goes on the blog.

    This ought to be a fun read for all cause I know you have some very talented readers! 😀

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Linda,

      Yes. The comments are fun to read. I love how everyone comes up with something different.

      Like you, if a subject strikes my fancy I find a way to blog about it.

  6. My posts are often
    Driven by the stupid things
    That happen to me.

  7. FriarNo Gravatar says:

    When I’m bored at work
    I write on the computer
    And email myself

    Nobody know it
    It looks like I’m working hard
    Ha-ha. But I’m not.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Friar,

      Whoa! Your haiku sounds like a confession.

      At least you’re being productive and making the most of your free time. Do you think they would let you bring in your easel and let you create more of your fabulous paintings?

  8. Dead leaves

    Under them, my bare feet

    And again they sing


    Sometimes all that it takes it’s a little humbleness, and watch carefully the ideas and the persons who are forgotten.

  9. Haiku and I never quite connected, Barbara, but the concept does. I do admire your followers who can follow directions and do the Haiku. But I’ve been thinking about this alot. I get blog posts coming to me, as Davina said, never when I have a pen, like when I am first waking up, or in the middle of the night or in the shower or doing something else. I just remembered that I wrote about this before too… http://designresumes.com/blog/2009/09/when-do-you-do-your-best-thinking/ when I am cleaning the fridge…

    Someone else can turn this into a haiku for me if they want.
    .-= Check out Julie Walraven´s awesome post: Where Does Twitter Fit In? – Social Media & Job Search #6 =-.

    • FriarNo Gravatar says:


      Haiku is not hard
      Once you do it a few times
      Try it and you’ll see.
      .-= Check out Friar´s awesome post: Monday Night Painting =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Julie,

      Your comment reminded me of a blogger I showcased who is an artist and he said inspiration often hit him when he was doing laundry. It’s true. We don’t know when or where the ideas will come from, but I have realized I need to write them down or I’ll quickly forget.

      P.S. Don’t you love Friar’s reply? Feel free to think about it and come back and share your first Haiku. 🙂

  10. Complexity strikes
    My thoughts kick into action
    And that’s when I write
    .-= Check out Armen Shirvanian´s awesome post: You Don’t Know What Works Until You Fully Try =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Armen,

      Thank you for the reminder to write when we’re feeling creative. There’s nothing worse than trying to do so when our muse is absent.

  11. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    How does it happen,
    some comments are repeated,
    in the comment box?
    .-= Check out Davina´s awesome post: Night Before Christmas — Rewritten =-.

  12. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    This is so much fun,
    The shortest lesson ever,
    Thank you Bar-bar-a 🙂
    .-= Check out Davina´s awesome post: Night Before Christmas — Rewritten =-.

  13. Sorry no Haiku..

    My life inspires MomGrind posts
    My work inspires SocialMediaMarketingExpert posts

    It’s easy, really 😉
    .-= Check out vered | blogger for hire´s awesome post: Peanut Butter Cookies =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Vered,

      That’s true. If we just pay attention to day to day happenings we can easily find inspiration for our blog posts.

  14. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Inspiration flows
    when I open my senses
    often when the hands and body are busy
    and the mind is free to roam…

    sometimes there are so many sparkles, I can not remember them all and I feel afraid that pearls have broken free and are bouncing on the floor –
    the most beautiful roll under the refrigerator.

    comments feed the flow – I thrive on knowing that some read what I wrote.

    You made it fun…Thank you Barbara
    .-= Check out Patricia´s awesome post: Getting Things All Wrapped Up =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Patricia,

      What beautiful words you shared. I love your line, “…pearls have broken free and are bouncing on the floor – the most beautiful roll under the refrigerator.”

      Fortunately those that roll under the refrigerator can be retrieved. 🙂

  15. DaphneNo Gravatar says:

    In experience
    and dreaming of the future
    inspiration lies

    I think I sound a little like Yoda. Thank you for this!
    .-= Check out Daphne´s awesome post: No Marriage Is Perfect =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Daphne,

      You’re right. Our dreams of the future and experiences from the past can bring us tons of inspiration.

  16. Quieting my mind
    Awakens my spirit who
    loves inspiration

    Thanks Barbara – for the inspiration

    A Poetry Task
    calls to my inner being
    swift Inspiration

    Oh this is fun – could do this all day – but back to work I go! Thanks again! 🙂 I LOVE poetry writing and don’t remember the last haiku I attempted! Thanks for making me smile and use my noggin! 🙂
    Love, Jenny
    .-= Check out Jenny Mannion´s awesome post: You Need To LIVE Your Joy to Heal and Feel Whole =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Jenny,

      Oooooh, you’re good. I’m so happy this post gave you a chance to share your poetry writing talents. I hope you had a great day. 🙂

  17. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – my inspiration almost always comes when I’m somewhere too inconvenient to write stuff down, like driving, in the bath, or even on the loo. I need to get out more.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Catherine,

      Isn’t if funny how that works? Maybe that means we need to relax more and not take blogging so seriously.

  18. CarlaNo Gravatar says:

    No Haiku here either.

    Usually my ideas comes out of thin air, when I’m not thinking about it. I could never just sit a and force an idea – that’s why I don’t blog as much as most other bloggers do.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Carla,

      I know what you mean about trying to force an idea. That doesn’t work for me either. They just have to come naturally.

  19. LisaNewtonNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday, I was inspired by the sky. That’s it, just looking at the sky and photographing it.
    .-= Check out LisaNewton´s awesome post: On a Clear Day you can see Los Angeles Forever =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Lisa,

      And what a beautiful post you created by just looking at the sky. I also noticed you’ve redesigned your blog. It’s looking awesome.

  20. Wilma HamNo Gravatar says:

    Oh I so was hoping no homework today and now there is a poem.

    Inpsiration rains
    wether I have an umbrella or not
    it always pours, indoors and outdoors

    Now like poetry at school, you have to make sense of this poem and all the others?!
    Go Barbabra go.
    .-= Check out Wilma Ham´s awesome post: Context is King. =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Wilma,

      I’m having fun with the comments. Not only am I learning where others get their inspiration from, but am enjoying the haikus and poems, as well.

      And you’re right. Inspiration can come to us whether we’re prepared or not. 🙂

  21. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if this qualifies as a haiku..

    The Sweetest Sound
    Is No-Sound
    – The Sound of Silence.
    .-= Check out Evelyn Lim´s awesome post: Goenka Vipassana Meditation: Your Body As An Laboratory =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Evelyn,

      I’m not surprised you wrote what you did. I read your post about the retreat and what you learned from the sounds of silence. What an experience.

  22. George AngusNo Gravatar says:

    A post with the most
    My inspirational goal
    I settle for words


    .-= Check out George Angus´s awesome post: Writing Blog Owners, Do You Outsource? =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi George,

      Oh yes. Our goal is to publish works that are filled with value.

      Cheers to you, too.

  23. WalterNo Gravatar says:

    My inspiration for blog post comes from my unconscious. I don’t know how but thought and ideas just popped out of my mind. 🙂

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Walter,

      Isn’t that wonderful how that works? When we plant the seeds for ideas, they continue to sprout. 🙂

  24. Wendi KellyNo Gravatar says:

    quiet morning light
    little inspirations
    speak louder and bright

    sheesh, been so long since I did Haiku, can’t remember the rules! Hope that counts! But the answer is that most of my best inspirations come when I can get up early before the hustle and bustle and have my quiet time with my journal.

    When I get too far away from the sunrise or the journal, inspiration fades. That reminds me…better go dust off that book! Been a little busy these last few weeks!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Wendi,

      You did great. Your schedule is the opposite of mine. I’m a night owl so I don’t get to see that early morning light too often. 🙂

  25. JeanneNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, inspiration — where y’at?
    In the sink, under my hat?
    Lurking under the rock or
    in my dirty sock — hey,
    I love the way you lay
    in wait for me, under
    the tree!

    OK it ain’t haiku, more like Dr. Seuss, but you get my drift — it’s in the craziest of places, playing games in my head until I get it said!

    What fun, Barbara!
    .-= Check out Jeanne´s awesome post: Oneness, Best Described =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jeanne,

      I love your poem. And you’re right. Inspiration can be found in the craziest of places. Thank goodness we have blogs on which we can share.

  26. DotNo Gravatar says:

    Beautiful header! My best posts seem to come out of something I’m angry about. I don’t really know where the other ideas come from. I go through periods of lots of fertile ideas and then periods of nothing. Sometimes I can force ideas during the “nothing” phase, but they’re usually research pieces. Generally I just wait until something strikes. My ideas don’t come often enough for lots of posts per week, which is good, because I don’t have time for that. 😀
    .-= Check out Dot´s awesome post: Comment on Inheriting by Jannie Funster =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Dot,

      That seems to work best. Waiting until something strikes and getting it down on the blog. I like your idea of using research pieces when inspiration runs dry.

  27. Lori HoeckNo Gravatar says:

    Sun, storm; life and death —
    Opposites blending in dance.
    I hear the music.
    .-= Check out Lori Hoeck´s awesome post: Awareness helps everyone, not just you =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Lori,

      That’s beautiful. If we really listen, we can hear the music in anything, can’t we?

  28. Hi Barbara,

    Beautiful picture and Haiku.

    I have written numerous poems but no Haiku. I shall give it a shot:

    Inspiration is constant
    Just open your eyes
    And see the beauty that always surrounds you.
    .-= Check out Nadia – Happy Lotus´s awesome post: How Much Money is Enough? =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Nadia,

      How true. “Just open your eyes”.

      P.S. This was my first haiku, too. 🙂

  29. I can’t pretend I’m any good at haikus, but I’ll share where my inspiration comes from!

    It’s generally from conversations I have with people around me – this gets me thinking, and at least I know that what I’m writing about is interesting to someone in the world other than myself!
    .-= Check out Ravi@How to make quick money´s awesome post: How I Got 700 Unique Visitors Last Month? =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ravi,

      That’s so true. If others are talking about “something” in the real world, more than likely those who are online will be interested in it, too. That’s a great idea.

  30. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. no poet in me .. but we never know do we .. I’ve never experimented with words, I’ve always just written …

    The brain decides
    it couldn’t finish in 3 lines ..
    your requirements

    The brain decides
    it needs to furnish the wherewithall
    to satisfy your instructions

    The brain decides
    it is done, too fun
    sitting in the sun …

    @ Barbara .. thanks for decorating the bottom of the page too!

    @ Davina .. thank you!

    Bye! … H
    .-= Check out Hilary´s awesome post: Kissing under the Mistletoe – how did it all begin? and Asterix! =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hillary,

      You do have a poet in you. What you’ve written in beautiful.

      Re: The decorations on the bottom of the page. Thanks go to you for that. I forgot all about the footer not being decorated, so when you mentioned it, I made the change. 8)

  31. As I fun about my days
    ideas dance in many ways
    some from birds and some from squirrels
    but the best ones from my darling girl

    Short but sweet today !!
    .-= Check out Jannie Funster´s awesome post: With Not A Dry Parental Eye In The House =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jannie,

      I love how you’re daughter Kelly inspires you. And I’ll bet she helps to add to the fun in the Funster family.

  32. suzenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara! Well gosh I’m late to this poem party! Xmas, ya know? LOVED the responses – here’s mine:

    Monkey mind power
    Books, tv, or bathtub
    My past or present

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Suzen,

      You’re never too late for the party here. 🙂

      I love your line “monkey mind power”. It sounds so playful.

  33. PeacefulWmn9No Gravatar says:

    Nature, faith, and love,
    People and the five senses–
    Inspiration all.
    .-= Check out PeacefulWmn9´s awesome post: Each Of Us Leaves Our Mark On The World =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Karen,

      That’s beautiful. I love how you mentioned the five senses as they are truly a source for inspiration.

  34. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Necessity is usually my mother of invention.

    I tend to draw from books, people, and quotes, and lately, a lot of movies. I also heavily draw from work since it’s a complex environment where I’m always learning about leadership, project management, effectiveness, communication, emotional intelligence … etc.

    I keep an “insights” journal where I log my “ah-has” each day, and those tend to bloom into posts.
    .-= Check out J.D. Meier´s awesome post: 8 Ways to Be Heroic =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi J.D.

      It sounds like you’re inspired at every turn. I like your idea of keeping a journal of “ah-has”. I can see how they would end up being “seed” for future posts.

  35. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara ..

    as I’m now at the bottom ..
    glad I reminded you to look lower
    it’s good to have the decoration!

    Enjoy your halls decked out
    in tinsel and glow
    & the peace of time off ..

    Candle glows to you and your family – Hilary
    .-= Check out Hilary´s awesome post: Kissing under the Mistletoe – how did it all begin? and Asterix! =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hilary,

      That’s beautiful. Thank you for the well wishes, and as you know, I am wishing the same for you. 🙂

  36. I agree that inspiration is something that sometimes just comes and goes without any warning. From my experience I noticed that looking for inspiration could be sometimes pointless because it can come at anytime.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Graphic Tablet,

      Isn’t that the truth? When we’re looking for inspiration, it often eludes us. Like you said, sometimes it comes without warning, and that’s the best time to use it to our advantage.

  37. Zubair KhanNo Gravatar says:

    beautiful post man really good and some of the comments are also brilliant as well! thanks for such valuable post really! i am new comer to this site just joined it and liked it a lot and hoping to carry on in the future thanks!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Zubair,

      Welcome to our virtual “classroom”. I hope to see you here again soon.

      Until then, Happy Blogging!

  38. Andrew KeirNo Gravatar says:

    at haiku’s i am weak
    maybe i should stick to blogging
    yes that’s what ill do

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Andrew,

      You’ve sold yourself short. I think you did great. Maybe someday you’ll share a haiku lesson on your blog/website, too. 🙂

  39. ppoNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, you may not like this, but most of my inspiration happens at church during the sermon. I do a lot of thinking there, at a time i should be doing a lot of listening. I also get inspiration while i am driving alone
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ppo,

      You’re not alone. Often it’s when we think we should be listening, inspiration strikes. Like you, driving ignites my muse, too.