Haiku Friday – Guide & Map

17 Jul

RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge


Happy Haiku Friday! This week’s prompt words are Guide and Map. Hmmm, not exactly poetic words. Well, this is what I came up with this week. I hope you like my haiku.

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Mind Mapping


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A mind map is a powerful graphic technique used to visually organize information and unlock creativity.

Have you ever used this technique for storytelling, blogging or to plan an event? Has it worked for you?

47 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Guide & Map”

  1. Al The Author July 17, 2015 at 2:19 am #

    Hi Vashti, love this haiku. Great description of mind maps!

    I think you mis-read the prompt words – they were Guide and Mad. Still great though 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      Ha, ha! I definitely did misread the prompt words this week but I spent a great deal of time on this haiku so I ran with it. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

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  2. Suzanne July 17, 2015 at 2:21 am #

    That’s great. So creative and informative as well.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

      Thank you Suzanne. I’m so happy you enjoyed the haiku although I misread the prompt words. Oops! 🙂 xx


      • Suzanne July 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

        I do that all the time too. It does lead to some great creative adventures which has to be good. 🙂


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 20, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

        Hi Suzanne! I believe you’re right. 😉 I think I made it more difficult for myself with Guide and Map as prompts but in the end it worked out. 😀 xx

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      • Suzanne July 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

        I like to use prompts as a way of prompting ideas. Sometimes the person running the challenge will tell me I misinterpreted their prompt. I apologise and either try and conform to their rules or just simply stop doing their challenges. 🙂

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

        I agree. I see the prompt words like you do. Ron’s usually pretty layed-back about our interpretation of the prompt words which is good and he also tells us that we don’t have to use his prompts. I like this challenge because it’s a good way for me to exercise my creative muscles. 😀 xx

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      • Suzanne July 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

        Yes, some prompts really do spark creativity. 🙂

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  3. Serins July 17, 2015 at 3:30 am #

    Yip I’ve used Mind maps to come up with things. They are great to help one think outside the box.

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  4. FlorenceT July 17, 2015 at 5:43 am #

    This is fantastic.. love it!

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  5. specialk718 July 17, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    Great idea, can help people get started on a project if theyve been procastinating, gives direction.

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  6. the secret keeper July 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    Great Haiku, even if mad became map. Love your Mind Map design. Would love to know how to do it. Does one need a specific program to work one something so fantastically creative. I would love to learn. Jk 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      Oops! Yes, I messed up the prompt words this week. Mind mapping is not as difficult as it looks. I’m sure there’s a mind map app, since there’s an app for everything but I do my mind maps by hand. I love to draw and I find freehand mind mapping more fun. 😀

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      • the secret keeper July 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

        I am more than just a little impressed at the quality of your art work on the mind maps. Will have to see if there is an app. But I do like to do posters – just have to do in free form. Will check these out & try my hand at it. Your mind maps are beautifully structured and inspiring. 😀


  7. olganm July 17, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    Fabulous haiku. And great illustrations.

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  8. Marje @ Kyrosmagica July 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    Wow, this is wonderful, just.so imaginative. Love it.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 20, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

      I’m happy you liked the haiku, Marje! I messed up on the prompt words this time but I introduced many to the concept of mind mapping so that was cool. 🙂 xx

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      • Marje @ Kyrosmagica July 21, 2015 at 2:53 am #

        Ha Ha! That’s hilarious and what’s even more hilarious is I didn’t notice. I can be a bit scatty at times!

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  9. tjparis July 18, 2015 at 5:58 am #

    Mind maps are a great chance to make your thoughts a visual delight. Back to being a kid with plenty of coloured pens and different scripts. Good for your creativity. Lovely haiku and a happy chance you misread the prompts. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 20, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

      Hello! I could not have described mind maps any better than you did. 😀 Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed the haiku.

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  10. Sarah Brentyn July 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    Haha! 😀 That’s the best mess-up ever. What a great post and haiku. You misread that one but it worked out well for you.


  11. Ronovan July 19, 2015 at 1:55 am #

    Honestly, looking at all of that, I think there is madness implied. Yep.


  12. Ronovan July 19, 2015 at 1:59 am #

    Oh, and you’re right, Guide and Map are not very poetic words to have put together for poetry. 😛

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  13. Annette Rochelle Aben July 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Clever and informative! I appreciate the way your mind works!

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  14. Greg July 19, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Very cool! I love the haiku any have never heard of mind mapping. Neat information!

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  15. ratnibbles July 19, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Well written piece Vashti.. Oh how much we need the mind maps…. Love your Haiku 🙂


  16. JESS44903 July 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    This is so great…great tips you always give!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


  17. MaryHill July 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    I loved to teach mind mapping to my students when I worked as a school librarian. I love your poem.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 24, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      That’s a brilliant idea, Mary! I wish someone had taught me about mind mapping when I was a student. Thank you! 😀 xx


  18. Prakash Hegade July 30, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    The haiku is very inline with concept of mind map.. 🙂 You always put a neat description along with haiku. Was a happy read.. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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