Haiku by Veronica Hosking (MY FRONT DOOR Series)

My front door haiku with the first photo of Gretchen and me for the new year. We’re still staying behind the closed front door.

Silver Birch Press

by Veronica Hosking

Introvert stays home
Daily routine goes unchanged
Front door remains closed

Photo: The author (left) and her daughter Gretchen taking their first photo of 2020 in front of the family’s front door.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Not only am I an introvert, I do not have a driver’s license because of Cerebral Palsy. My whole life I have enjoyed being a homebody; this new social distancing is the same old routine in my world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Veronica Hosking is a wife, mother, and poet. Her family and day job, cleaning the house, serve as inspiration for most of her poetry. She was the poetry editor for MaMaZina magazine from 2006-2011. Her poems have been featured online and in print anthologies, including Stone Crowns Magazine, Poetry Nook, Silver Birch Press, Poetry Pea, Arizona Matsuri, and Blue Guitar Magazine. Veronica keeps a poetry blog at vhosking.wordpress.com

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Ugh…Life without Internet

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! We have been without internet since Tuesday evening. ☹️ It’s a good thing both children had their last finals on Tuesday. I got happy news from our internet provider this morning that the outage was repaired. Yay! Unfortunately now our router does not want to communicate with the modem. So we’re still without working internet.

But on a happy note, Robin and a friend both graduated from ASU with highest distinction – Summa cum laude and we had a private ceremony for them Friday night.


Robin and Karolena ASU class of 2020

Getty Museum Challenge


Okay folks I’ve come to the conclusion her head is in a very unnatural position.  Also it’s very hard to get in place when the camera is set on a 10 second timer. But when I saw all the getty museum challenge responses and I realized we had a work of art we could recreate hanging in the bedroom, I thought it was worth a try.

ASU Class of 2020


We interrupt the regularly scheduled napowrimo to present the distinguished graduate from the ASU class of 2020 college of liberal arts and sciences. 😀

Dr. Moeur has been honored since 1901 by the now Arizona State University via the Moeur Award. The Moeur Award is given to the student or students with the highest academic standing in terms of GPA, and is thus also considered the equivalent to a Valedictorian Award (which is not directly offered by Arizona State). Wikipedia 

Attend ASU
Crush all four years with top grades
Earn Moeur Award

Smart aleck child thinks he can better his mother earning summa cum laude distinction. I was so excited to see he earned the Moeur Award but Robin feels as though he didn’t do anything. Not many students can boast graduating in four years maintaining a 4.0 GPA, kid! So yeah proud mom moment boasting her kid’s academic achievement. Next stop Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University!

#NaPoWriMo An Ode On Saturday Morning


The Rosebush

Copious buds bloom
Petals lay bare on sidewalk
Nothing gold can stay

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Our optional prompt for the day also honors the idea of Saturday (the Saturdays of the soul, perhaps?), by challenging you to write an ode to life’s small pleasures. Perhaps it’s the first sip of your morning coffee. Or finding some money in the pockets of an old jacket. Discovering a bird’s nest in a lilac bush or just looking up at the sky and watching the clouds go by.

Good morning and welcome to day eighteen of napowrimo where my ode to the rosebush looks suspiciously like a haiku with a borrowed line no less.  Here is the link to read Robert Frost’s poem. I grabbed the link from poets.org as they are running a shelter in poems series, asking readers to share poems they are reflecting on while we are sheltering in place. My favorite Frost poem, A question, doesn’t seem to be in their archives. I used it on a previous napowrimo for a golden shovel.

Yesterday we ventured outside headed off to the mailbox. Robin’s reading care package from Changing Hands Bookstore seems to be MIA. As we walked down the sidewalk, Robin was hit in the face by a flying object and exclaimed, What was that? Gretchen responded, I think it was a petal from the rosebush. They’re all over the sidewalk. Yes, it was pretty windy yesterday and rose petals were dropping off and flying away. On top of being hit in the face there was no book in the mailbox. 😦 Maybe today will be a good mail day.

#NaPoWriMo Obsolete Technology

Vietnam footage
sits forgotten in closet
8 millimeter

NaPoWriMo Prompt Our prompt for the day (optional, as always), asks you to move backwards in time away from such modern contrivances as podcasts. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that features forgotten technology. Maybe it’s a VCR, or a rotary phone. A cassette player or even a radio. If you’re looking for a potential example, check out this poem by Adam Clay, which takes its central metaphor from something that used to stoke fear in the hearts of kids typing term papers, or just trying to play a game of Oregon Trail.

Many moons ago, my mother gathered up all the old 8 millimeter movies my dad made (mostly of Christmases) and had them transferred to VHS tape. The guy that did it, set the movies to music except the Vietnam footage. He said adding music didn’t seem appropriate. My mom had copies of the tape made for all four children. Mine pretty much sat in the closet until Gretchen was reading Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai in eighth grade. I pulled the tape out; yes, we stilled had a working VCR and I recorded it to digital so she could share it with her class.

Speaking of technology, I was just enlisted to call my hubby’s phone. We are so dependent on modern day technology, we’re lost without. He is off in search of groceries and the shopping list is on the phone.

Pea TV Moment on Haiku Day

Good morning readers and welcome to day seventeen of napowrimo also known as haiku day because of seventeen for the 17 syllables in haiku. Please excuse the interruption of today’s prompt. I will get to it later. But first I wanted to share this Pea TV Moment Patricia over at poetrypea was kind enough to accept. She has compiled quite a few haiku moments from some talented poets. Please go over to her website and check them all out.

I must make a confession. I have spied the hummingbirds feeding on the aloe often. I wrote the haiku, hoping I would be able to capture one moment on video. I should know better as the photos of the hummingbirds at the aloe I’ve posted have been borrowed from my children. Well a few weeks ago, we were sitting at the kitchen table for dinner. My whole family was aware of my quest, and we spotted a hummingbird skimming the aloe. The first attempt did not get enough footage. But a few minutes later a hummingbird was back, Gretchen said, give me your phone, Mom. So Gretchen was actually the one who successfully filmed the hummingbird. She just showed me another video she took last night on her phone. A hummingbird was actually sitting and resting on one of the aloe stalks. She said it must have been there for a good ten minutes because when she first spotted it, she didn’t have her phone. She raced down the hall to her bedroom, grabbed her phone, and the hummingbird was still on its perch.

March and April are always a good time of year to watch the hummingbirds feed. As you can see, the aloe really enjoyed our wet winter; they bloomed exceptionally well this year. Farther down the row of aloe closer to the front yard is where the rosebush is planted. It now has over a dozen buds in bloom. Shawn and I went for a walk yesterday and he said the rosebush really seems to flourish in death. Good grief. But he does have a point. If our rosebush had 3 or 4 buds in a year (at separate times) I thought it was nice. It really has taken off this spring for some reason.

Same Old Routine

Hello readers! I know what many of you are thinking, who is this person posting on this blog. I have been way too quiet lately. I haven’t been writing much lately. Of course with social distancing becoming the new norm, not much has changed in my routine. On the plus side, with Gretchen home all day now, more house cleaning is getting done.

ASU has gone to online classes so Gretchen has her daily routine with class time and homework, but since commuting time is no longer an issue, she has more free time. And since my remote work is scoring standardized tests and schools are closed for the foreseeable future, I have no monetary work. So I should start writing poems again. Hopefully I can write a poem a day this April once again. In the meantime here is a poem for national cerebral palsy awareness month.


Happy New Year

New Year Photo

It’s only taken me one week into the new year to write a new blog post. I’d like to say I’ve been busy with life, but it’s mostly been the same old routine around here.

Gretchen (in the photo above with me) did well her first semester at ASU earning a 3.38. As my readers know, Rachael has applied to veterinary schools. She’s been accepted to 3 and asked to interview to 2 others (most likely will accept the slot at Oregon).

As for me, I had another birthday pass by in November. We went to see Terminator and then dinner at Arriba’s. Then the first First Friday of 2020 we went to the Japanese Garden in Phoenix for the boba battle. I’m not a fan of boba but they also had saki available. And of course it reminded me with the new year a new azmatsuri haiku contest has begun.

My poor blog is still in Facebook jail. When I email them about the issue, I’ve only heard crickets in response. But I hope I’ll find other motivation to keep up posts on my blog this year. Hope everyone  is enjoying the start to the year and continue  success in all you do.

23rd anniversary in haiku


I used the #haikuchallenge words from Twitter to celebrate our anniversary. It was yesterday and we went out to a pumpkin 🎃 patch early in the afternoon and then Shawn and I had dinner at The Angry Crab Shack in Goodyear. Had a 🦞 appetizer, 2 boiled bags – 1 clams and 1 shrimp 🍤 with a lobster tail added. A couple weekends ago we went to the Goodyear Roundup over at the Goodyear Ballpark and I really wanted to try the Maine Lobster truck, but the line was super long so we chose other food trucks to try. It was a really fun time with good food, but I was still craving seafood. The dinner last night really hit the spot.