Black Cockatoo (draw a bird day) | by Kerfe Roig

Kerfe shared an excellent drawing of a Cockatoo and a Traditional Haiku. Combined together, I would say this poem qualifies as a Haiga poem. I’ve added her to my Weekly Poetry Stars! Make sure and stop by and say hello.

When you examine her poetry, the Haiku is the focus, although the meaning of the bird’s importance in the image is indicated by its coloring. Orange for the word “inferno,” while the shades of dark blue and purple suggest despair.

This is a great example of a Haiga featuring an implied metaphor by using colors from the image to add impact to her poem. Remember, when writing Haiku, an implied metaphor is acceptable because the reader interprets the metaphor, instead of the metaphor being stated in the poem.

When writing Haiku, we don’t use similes or intrinsic or overt metaphors that compare one thing to another, which is not based on fact. Intrinsic metaphors are figures of speech: fishing for compliments, it’s raining men, he broke my heart, etc.

Read about metaphors and similes HERE.

Black Cockatoo

©Kerfe Roig

Source: Black Cockatoo (draw a bird day)

37 comments

          1. “Stifles” and “exhausts” are exactly the right words for the effect that Facebook has on me. I wonder what kind of syllabic poems people would write about Facebook without ever mentioning the word Facebook.

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