Jun 30

Haiku 908

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
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by Alison

by Alison

two husbands

reflect on the night-

double window panes

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Jun 29

Haiku 907

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , June 29th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

How did it get in?

A wasp bumps against the screen.

I open the door.

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Jun 28

Haiku 906

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by Alison

by Alison

daughter on the porch

humming Mozart to

a pumpkin flower

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Jun 27

Haiku 905

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by Kelly

by Kelly

cancer moon rising —

meanwhile a man and woman

grill dinner for two

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Jun 27

Review: Pirate Haiku by Michael P. Spradlin

Posted: under Reviews.
Tags: , , June 27th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

A long, long time ago, back when pirates ruled the seven seas, a scallywag named One-Leg Sterling washed up on the beach of a tiny island south of Japan.

He was the lone survivor of a brutal battle at sea. A band of ninjas jumped aboard a pirate ship and slew everyone on board except for One-Leg Sterling, who they captured and forced to steer the boat. But a fearsome storm blew up and the ship went down. Everyone on board perished, except for One-Leg Sterling.

Luckily, he washed up on an island of friendly people. They took him under their wing and taught him haiku.

And thus begins Pirate Haiku by Michael P. Spradlin.

What follows is One-Leg Sterling’s life story, written entirely in his newly discovered medium, haiku.

Each haiku follows the 5-7-5 syllable count. There aren’t a whole lot of nature references going on. Instead, the poems in Pirate Haiku are more about telling a story than charting a course by star gazing.

In that respect, the book isn’t for a haiku purist. But as a kitchy, entertaining read over an afternoon cookie and a cup of coffee, Pirate Haiku hits the mark.

I appreciated the beginning overview that set up a story to follow. That framework helped the haiku that followed hold together. Without that framework, Pirate Haiku would have been a too long list of three-line poems about drinking, thieving and philandering.

This haiku is a pretty good example of what readers can expect from the book:

Grog HANGOVERS may

Be one thing that can explain

Pirate surliness

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Jun 27

Haiku 904

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , June 27th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

After work

flies circle my head –

Is this haiku?

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Jun 25

Haiku 903

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , June 25th, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

I tear up over

monkey patterned pajamas

in Costco

 

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Jun 24

Haiku 902

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , June 24th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

cool summer –

baby apples

begin to pop

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Jun 23

Haiku 901

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , June 23rd, 2011

by Kelly

by Kelly

garage sale in the

neighborhood — Oh, to sell it

all for wanderlust!

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Jun 22

Haiku 900

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , June 22nd, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

blood flows to my cheeks

as I head off to my new job –

fresh summer rain

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