words distilled down to their very essence in the ancient Japanese style of writing Haiku and Renku.
Three stances, three sentences, minimal syllables.
Mountain Morning ©
white clouds of dogwood
geese trumpet along the pond
bird song heralds morn
hollow makes a nest
dainty dwelling slumbers on
in the wooded gloom
screen door creaks open
smoke swirls from the chimney mouth
cabin stirs awake
Foggy Night (c)
The white orb, saturated with
tidal flows, peers through the
A ghost ship slips up the fog
Night gulls. sing with strident cries
fog seeps in, the tide rolls out,
day is gone, the night creeps on.
Trees, dressed in ebony, drift by.
Water glistens, gold and wet.
Edges blurred night is soft and
tender, damp seeps into cloth,
Tents of light spread over the
Hunters of the sea know not day
nor night, fishers all,
white feathers stark against the
Review: D.Donovan, Midwest Book Review ‘Butterflies and Bullets, a curious title for a book of poetry, delivers what its title implies: an interplay between nature and emotional inspection. Its free verse observational approach captures the intersection between environmental and human affairs.
Poetry readers should anticipate ethereal pieces that capture a wide range of sensations. From the smells and feel of the world in ‘Fragrance of Life’ (“Sultry air twines itself through the/Quarter, crushed sugar, wet/pavement, yeasty bouquet of/hot beignet. Warm beer,/praline sweet, heady grape/Old river water slugs along.”) to the cry of self-inflicted pain in ‘Song of Agony’ (“Steel scores cold, thin lines/ice and fire/Swiftly, thin red lines follow/warm and wet/First the/burning, the/shame, the self-disgust./Then sweet relief/The little suicide.”), these are pieces that cry, ache, observe, and immerse the reader in emotional responses to life’s beauty and treachery.
Joy and anguish, pleasure and pain … concurrent tides of diverse expressions run through these pieces to profile the intricacies and nuances of life. When paired with evocative illustrations, it’s a dance of life that flies and falls through experience with a poet and observer’s astute, deft touch.
Poetry fans will find these works accessible; and though they may seem deceptively simple at first, their lasting impact lies in their thought-provoking, descriptive moments.’
Haiku Journal/Companion Piece to The World of Haiku
‘How To’ write Haiku and Renku. Blank pages for your Haiku.