This week, a human interest story on paddle patrols was highlighted in Newsday, Long Island's newspaper. It caught my eye as a unique effort to keep the beautiful Long Island waters pristine for residents and future Long Islanders.
rise and shine boarders
once the sun is up explore
mission to clean up
canals, creeks, local waters
help collect garbage, debris-
rid the floating trash
Long Island reward
feels good to do something good
©Carol Varsalona, 2019
Long Island paddleboarders help collect garbage.
-Newsday, Paddle power by Nicole Allegrezza Fuentes, July 26, 2019
I am sliding into Michelle H. Barnes' July Wrap-up Celebration at Today's Little Ditty with my found haiku poem series inspired by the article listed above. At the beginning of the month in the Reader Spotlight of Today's Little Ditty, my friend from Virginia, Linda Mitchell, asked that we create a found haiku.
Find an interesting article on a topic that fascinates you. As you read the article highlight phrases with the right syllable counts for traditional haiku (5-7-5). It’s true that haiku is not strictly 5-7-5. However, for this exercise, keep to the “rule.” Once you have found several phrases, place them into the form of a haiku. I’ve shared several of these on my blog, A Word Edgewise. (See examples here, here, and here.)