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Blog Tour – After the Fires of Day: Haiku Inspired by Kahlil Gibran & Alphonse de Lamartine by Cendrine Marrouat

I’m delighted to have Cendrine Marrouat on my blog today to celebrate her new release of After the Fires of Day: Haiku inspired by Kahlil Gibran & Alphonse de Lamartine.

Dear friends, please help me welcome, poet, photographer and multi-genre author Cendrine. She will share with you about the poetry form Haiku.

The Haiku: A Celebration of the Human Journey by Cendrine Marrouat

When I announced the upcoming release of After the Fires of Day: Haiku Inspired by Kahlil Gibran & Alphonse de Lamartine, people reacted very positively. They were also quite intrigued and kept inquiring as to why I had chosen the haiku as opposed to other forms of poetry to pay homage to those two amazing authors.

The haiku is my favorite form of poetry. It has been part of my life for almost two decades. I have written hundreds of them. However, it is not the reason why I opted for the haiku for this new collection. And this is what I would like to share with you today.

In the English-speaking world, when people think of the haiku, they may remember what they were taught in school: a short poem of three lines that follows the 7-5-7 syllable pattern. The seasonal reference (‘kigo’) and “cutting word” (‘kireji’) may be mentioned, but the obsessive focus remains on the 17 syllables. If your haiku does not contain those 17 lines, it does not qualify as such. This is wrong.

The haiku was invented in Japan. Japanese poets count in phonetic sounds or units called ‘on’, ‘onji’ or ‘morae’, which are different from English syllables. An “English syllable may contain one, two or three morae” to quote Wikipedia. In his excellent book titled The Haiku Handbook, William J. Higginson states that the 17 onji of traditional haiku are about 12 syllables in English. Other books talk about the number of words and recommend sticking to 8-12 words.

There is something liberating in knowing that you do not have to stick to a rigid syllable pattern when you write haiku. Your creativity is suddenly unleashed.

The haiku is an intimate form of poetry that goes beyond its syllable count. To write a memorable haiku, you need to understand the importance of conciseness and simple language, and how to leverage the kigo to evoke a specific mood. Every word counts!

A haiku does not just freeze a scene in time. It also implicitly reveals the author’s innermost feelings at that precise moment. As such, it tells a story about the human journey.

Ultimately, that’s what Kahlil Gibran and Alphonse de Lamartine successfully did with their writing. They were driven by a desire to awaken the human spirit. And that is what the haiku allows me to do.

Thank you for reading!

NB: Wondering who Kahlil Gibran and Alphonse de Lamartine are? Read my posts here and here.

Book Information

After the Fires of Day: Haiku Inspired by Kahlil Gibran and Alphonse de Lamartine by [Cendrine Marrouat]


Originating from Japan, the Haiku has been a source of inspiration and comfort for people of all ages and from all walks of life for many years. This versatile poetry form is cherished around the world. Inspired by the timeless words of authors Kahlil Gibran and Alphonse de Lamartine, After the Fires of Day is a hymn to life, the emotion of the moment, and our connection to nature. Every haiku in Cendrine Marrouat’s collection is sure to stay with you for a very long time…

Formats: ebook and paperback 

Release date: September 7, 2021 

Availability: Everywhere books are sold, including Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Chapters-Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and FNAC. Readers are encouraged to support independent




Author Bio 

Cendrine Marrouat is a French-born Canadian photographer, poet, and the multi-genre author of more than 30 books. In 2019, she founded the PoArtMo Collective and co-founded Auroras & Blossoms with David Ellis. A year later, they launched PoArtMo (Positive Art Month and Positive Art Moves) and created the Kindku and Pareiku, two forms of poetry.

Cendrine is also the creator of the Sixku, the Flashku, and the Reminigram. Cendrine writes both in French and English and has worked in many different fields in her 17-year career, including translation, language instruction, journalism, art reviews, and social media.

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Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge: Week 5 – Sheltering & Resting

Kiwinana’s Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge: Week 5 – Sheltering & Resting 

A Thai veterinarian shows the baby tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden among stuffed toy tigers in the suitcase of a woman flying from Bangkok to Iran.

A Thai veterinarian fed the baby tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden among stuffed toy tigers in the suitcase of a woman flying from Bangkok to Iran.  (SAKCHAI LALIT / ASSOCIATED PRESS)  – August 7, 2010

Sheltering at last

Baby tiger cub rescued

Resting and be fed


Kiwinana’s Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge: Week 5 – Sheltering & Resting

Please join me to take the challenge by clicking the links.

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN

This is my first entry of Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, and the first Haibun I have written.

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN


Image result for Concrete wall between homes

Stone Wall

Stone wall standing between the next door neighbor and our home, built to the maximum height of six feet tall. The neighbor originated the idea as I remember.  The new neighbor took a different turn. Neither the branches of my trees nor leaves of my plants are welcome to extend past the wall. I trimmed the orange tree to a half dome shape and make my plants behave.

Stone wall separates

Faces, communications

Turn to lone castles

The neighbor on the other side greets me in the morning, praises the plants and flowers in my garden. This is one of the two neighbors of twenty-five years. Other homes have a great turn over. New people seem to have stone faces. I try to reach out, yet favors didn’t receive any return.

Mystery of faces

Impenetrable stone

Some turns we have made

Retrieve to cautious islands

Never give, never receive

We had a neighborhood watch. A neighbor rang the doorbell when our garage door was still open at midnight. Where did the friendly neighbors go? Why have the neighborhood parties slipped away? I wonder!


Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN

Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness



Photo credit – Sammi Cox

Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness

Prose Challenge – Write a 50-word story inspired by the image above.

Poetry Challenge – Write a haiku on the theme of “emptiness”. – Sammi Cox


Caged in and dared not touch the screen for fear of electrical shots caused by piercing words. The sun looked bright with warmth and freedom, yet desires were suppressed. His eyes were dark, black, and bottomless with emptiness. Satisfied his craziness was impossible. Legal bondage was dissolved, no more cage.

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Deep void of heart’s emptiness

Refuse fulfilment


Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness


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