Haiku Retrospective

I write a dangerous amount of haiku. The harsh restrictions of the form really wind up being their greatest strength. That being said, I’d like to share some of my favorites from this year and see what you all think. So much has happened this year, and I can’t think of a better way to exhibit the various vignettes that 2019 had to offer than in a handful of bite-sized stanzas. This is not going to be a poetry blog, but I thought it would be fun to experiment with a little unconventional retrospective.

Louisville
defy Babel’s curse
you kill our father’s gods build
towers to the sky

Snow
ferries cut the ice
like the glass makers on shore
snow on the Ohio

Frost
what hides in the frost
waiting for sunny spring in
the graveyard of leaves

Brother
streams of blood are there
channels that reach farther than
the Mississippi

River
at the end of the 
river one never finds yet
another river 

Ramen
pork belly with greens
taste bitter sweetly you say
mountains are waiting

Hourglass
a dune locked in glass
only ever always falls
one grain at a time

After
One day after you
Smiled on my shoulder and said
I have to go now

Meditations 3
everything is as 
it should be if it was not
it would not be so
~~~
theatre chapel
drink the blood that is not blood
god dies when men live
~~~
moments are not spent
there is only one before
there is another

Meditations 4
a river bed of
glass fools cranes into landing
on a shallow stream
~~~
stone tossed on a lake
leaves behind ripples until
they hit the shore line

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