I Don't Know What Came Over Me

Then There Was The Time I Lost My Mind for a Month

What is it?

  • This site the fault of Leslee and Patry, via Qarrtsiluni.

    Here's the premise:

    Every day, Dictionary.com publishes a Word of the Day. I will display it here. If I like the word, I will try to come up with a poem using it by the end of the day. If you like the word, go ahead and write your own poem and post it in the comments, also by the end of the day, if you can.

    While you are here, please play nicely with others. Spam will be summarily deleted, as will anything obviously abusive or malicious in my opinion. Also, please note that everything written here remains the intellectual property of whoever wrote it. Therefore, you are not allowed to copy or republish anything here unless whoever wrote the bit you want to use tells you in writing that it's okay.

    Problems? Comments? Write to me, Sara, at SaraArts dot com.

    Have fun with this!

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I'd call it a wordish. It's really a phrase that functions as a word in English.

My lover, Wordreference.com, has it as a word in English and in French as a non-hyphenated phrase.

Still, word or phrase, who wouldn't want to get a couple billet-doux?


Billet-Doux (Haiku) for you:

Let the darkness come!
Sara, for you it is dawn
Always, in your heart

Autumn frosts reveal
Your soul's transparency--in
Backlit reds and golds

Let the darkness come--
In your heart is the sunrise--
Sara, full of grace


Sara, your billet-doux poem is vivid and touching, and I am sure we have all been there! As for your poetic muse being "twisted"-- if it weren't for twisted relationships we would lose most of our reasons for writing.

My little Haiku was written as a thank -you present to you for your hard work, cheerfulness and inspiration, even on crummy days.
Since it kind of is a billet-doux, I posted it on that day.


It's very nice, Firebird. I, of course, am unworthy. But it's a beautiful poem.

And by the way, this is not work, I promise, just exercise, a fun little game for stretching the brain muscles. (Mine have gotten horrifyingly flabby in middle age.) Thanks for playing!


Oh, it's late, late, late, but it popped into my head this morning before breakfast without asking, a...

Senryu Called Billet-Doux

a whispered love song
in a small red envelope
for your ears only


I love your little poem, Moose!
I'm confused -- isn't it a haiku?
Please educate me.


Senryu is the same 5-7-5 form as haiku, but the content differs. Senryu focuses on human (sometimes humorous), rather than strictly natural/seasonal subject. These forms are apparently hard to pin down and strictly define these days. You can read a lot more about it if you google "senryu."

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks.


Oh, I love it, Moose. :) Sorry it took me so long to respond.

Incidentally, Firebird, I like this site very much for an exploration of the real definitions and differences: http://www.ahapoetry.com/ The Wikipedia entry is also very useful, and succinct: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku

There. Now you don't have to google. ;)


Thank you, Sara. At one of your links I found a description of the "pivot" which I had not known about (at http://www.ahapoetry.com/tanka.htm — scroll down to look for the description, the anchor link doesn't work). That'll make writing haiku and tankas much more interesting! I'd heard of the pause or cutting word in haiku, but this description of a pivot is intriguing.

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