My first chapbook

January 16th, 2013

On Sunday, my daughter Miriya created a little booklet and invited me to write haiku for each page. (She’s four, almost five.) Doodleku! My first chapbook! Our first chapbook! We took four sheets of paper, folded them into a book, and then she sat down and drew up some inspiring images. When she was done, she gave it to me. I looked it over and started to think. She found it a bit funny that I could not instantly come up with the words the way she had with the images.

A couple of days later, our work is complete. Here’s the PDF, Wishing I Had a Tail. I apologize for the poor scan quality. The funny staple job made it so some pages wouldn’t lay quite flat on the scanner. So I’ve pulled out all the haiku here.

Wishing I had a tail

Illustrations by Miriya Nguyen
Haiku by Christina Nguyen

into the season
of forgetfulness

summer days
follow me home
beach bag

wind in the pines
what did you say?

the clouds (lost) and then sunshine

these words
rolling around in my head
orange ball

a deep breath
handing over
the paper heart

colored pencils
the crisp lines
of her purple skirt

up here

to the beach umbrella
summer breeze

beside the zoo fence

sprinkler the day the Wii broke

bonfire cackling under the stars

under the stars
the bat’s shadow
catches the bug’s shadow

cotton wishing I had a tail

9 Responses to “My first chapbook”

  1. Kathy says:

    Such a heartfelt and wonderful collaboration between mother and daughter!  Love the authenticity and originality of this!  Encore, encore! :)

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  3. This is awesome, Christina!! I foresee more coming from both of you. Soon, I'm sure it will be all hers. How else not to expect? All fourteen of your haiku are great!! Thanks for sharing and fast, too! Good job, Miriya!

  4. This is sooo cute! I love this collaboration. I'm looking forward to seeing more. :-)

  5. Christina – this is so lovely on so many levels and so inspiring! Poetry and painting, playfulness and creativity at it most spontaneous and truly heartfelt expression. Absolutely wonderful and inspiring. You and your daughter rock!!!

  6. Yousei Hime says:

    Delightful.  Followed the link from Yay Words! and happy I did.  May you both have more and more such wonderful collaborations–poetic, artistic, and loving.

  7. This is so cute. I love everything: the pictures and the haiku!

  8. GILLENA COX says:

    love it Congratulations you two

  9. Libby says:

    This is wonderful. Great combination of words and pictures. You should both be very proud.

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