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- Haiku X 43 - The Death-

               Christmas sparkling lights
               Weak brightness through tearful eyes
               Unexpected death

              A-L Andresen
              Copyright © All Rights Reserved 

Copyright © Anne Lise Andresen

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Lightning and Thunder

Lightning and thunder,
Vortex swirls above my head.
I cannot hear you.

Copyright © John Rey Canon

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Strong Tears

Because tears are meant
To be a symbol of strength
Even in hard days.

Copyright © Kevin C. Martin

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Be all that you can be

Sun and sand and beach
Life has some lessons for me
Be all  you can be!

Sad conversations
May healing come to you soon
And children be safe!

For all you have done
And wherever you may be
May you rest in peace!

Copyright © Anusha Dharmasena

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I Need You

Black grief, I need you,
fill my mouth with laughter, my
tongue with shouts of joy

Copyright © David Meade

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The Less I Have

the less i have of
the additional use of
the more it breaks down

Copyright © Trevor McLeod

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A Mother's Worst Nightmare

a cold stone bears his name
grief pours onto his green plot
prostrated mom shouts "why?"

Copyright © JoanMarie Peranteau

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	rainy season 
	grief, white hydrangeas 
	hungry caterpillar

	A haikuette for “Haiku Wannabees”

Copyright © Jack Jordan

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I Am Nothing

Old hunter lifts

shattered lives lay
at his feet.

Tears roll down his

Copyright © Craig Glenister

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By Immaculata Ortner 

     We fought! But in vain!
We stretched, but our top was so high
     Our ground trembled as tears of our gods flooded our land

Copyright © Immaculata Ortner

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Painful long night passed
Tears on pillow ran many
Dreams forgot to come

Sun came through window
Found lonely suffering heart
Healing wound at once!

© Demetrios Trifiatis
    02 June 2013

Copyright © Demetrios Trifiatis

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Death and Grief

Death creeps quietly in
often taking by surprise
one last gasp of air

leaving behind pain
sadness, sorrow and such loss
emptiness of heart

days pass by in grief
each becomes full of torment
as one struggles on

no light just darkness
no end is yet to be found
time they say will heal

for them left behind
no peace, just grief smothering
icy heart with blackness

written 9/16/2013

contest Grief

Copyright © Shadow Hamilton

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trigger fingers flex
innocent victims crumple
questions unanswered

For the "Gun"-o-ku poetry contest sponsored by Gwendolen R.

Copyright © Frank Polgar

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Rough, Wild, Dangerous
Sinking the Sailors and Ships
Breaking Hearts alas!

Copyright © sima mittal

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Haiku 49

	rainy season 
	grief, white hydrangeas 
	hungry caterpillar

In part, The Haiku Society of America’s definition of a haiku reads, “Usually a haiku in English is written in three unrhymed lines of seventeen or fewer syllables.” Further, Japanese scholar Shigehisa Kuriyama states, “The 5-7-5 pattern by itself does not make a haiku.” (Gurga, p. 1). Contemporary English language haiku have departed radically from the 5-7-5 convention, including the Beat haiku of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder, the latter awarded the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Grand Prize in 2004. The haiku of Robert Spiess are especially experimental.

I recommend two sources for further study of haiku: “Haiku: A Poet’s Guide,” by Lee Gurga, addresses haiku in it’s traditional form; “Haiku Poetics in Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde Poetry,” by Jeffery Johnson discusses haiku as realized by modernist poets.  

Speaking personally, it is most important for me to enjoy writing a haiku, correct form or not, and for my haiku to be enjoyed by the reader.

Copyright © Jack Jordan

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haiku 11

white roses
collect diamond dew drops--
a choir sings

Copyright © Heather Ober

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Not fair

How cruel my heart
is!... To persist in beating
although you're gone...

Copyright © Hannah Spencer

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Fake smiles bring up joy,
Hiding the pain and sadness.
Pretending (for THEM)

Copyright © autumn littleton

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a relived stroll

a relived stroll down a creaky wooden walk… screams of hatred
Russell Sivey

Copyright © Russell Sivey

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Haiku for Japan

I try not to say
Sorry to Japan the morn
Sunshine of Asia

I won’t be tempted
To further cloud this sore heart
With my sea water

It is not distance
That holds back the salty fluid
From my eyes but love

My own apartment
Is flooded with Japanese
Electronic stuffs

My countrymen are
Just like the moving sun and
Cannot not be there

My American
Friend’s a teacher in China
Shining so, so close

Japan has become 
My backyard in this new world
Small global village

And the eyes also
Suffer the heat of pepper
Eaten by the mouth

So your pain, Japan
Has clouded my sanity
Yet I say weep not!

For by blood have kings
Wore their crowns; and with blood have
Empires been painted

And in blood do women
Deliver forth newborn babes
Blood brings good tidings

By blood had Asia
Risen above its storms. Ask
India, ask China

So weep not Japan
For blood does bring good tidings
In all climes and times

Let the rain wash off
The pain from your memory
The rite is over

Let the sun renew
Your seas and shores to prepare
You for the new dawn.

Copyright © Divine Friday Idiong

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Blood red

Poppies great beauty
Brave men dying for duty
Each nourish the earth.

Copyright © May Fenn

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No Happy New Year For The Bereaved

midnight explodes, cheers, sings
life for the new year begins
a mother still wears black

Copyright © JoanMarie Peranteau

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Mourn For Me

trees mourn my passing
warm caress now frigid grip
leaves shed in sorrow

Copyright © Frank Polgar

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Dewdrops are dried.
Weariness only remained
Pity! for the loss of roses.

Copyright © Sandy Tadros

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Scared of You

Scared of you leaving
this world to go far away.
I need you to live.

Copyright © Samantha HAYNES

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''River of sorrows''

River of sorrows—
we shall dam up your deluge
of tears with logs of joy!

Copyright © Ngoc Nguyen

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Nayla's Pain

sun shines bleak, cold winds whip
death's sting floods her tender eyes
daddy is laid to rest

Copyright © JoanMarie Peranteau

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warm tears on cold stone

warm tears on cold stone alone, the work of grieving geese in formation

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick

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Empty Seat

I feel so lonely
Never touched - never sat on
Shaking like a leaf

Copyright © J. W. Earnings

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My Thanksgiving Haiku

My Thanksgiving Haiku


This was Turkey day (5)

And I have heard many say (7)

Tums without delay (5)

James Thesarious Hilarious Horn

Copyright © James Horn