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breezeless summer day - motionless on lily pad frog waits for victim

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'the sea'

(beautiful!) immense and Poseidon-like,--the sea washes o'er my soul.

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The Internet: Return

A void of Facebook
Creativity dies here...

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Two Haiku

Strokes after midnight
received a distant sad news
a swallow has flown

Watch over us dear
I kept my prayers for you
frosted in flowers

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Wild fires

flames deep inside 
touchable untouchables
deep inside  flames 

the sources inside
so nearby and faraway
it's a burning hell

surrounding hot spots
intimate close and  beyond
hell freezes over

(c) Elly Wouterse.

Suddenly a heartbreaking picture of,  an unknown to me,   person, standing on the roof of his or her house&home totally surrounded by wildfires, on the other side of the world,  turned into a the opposite of that. Receiving in the same time(.. minutes) a message about a fight against cancer while being totally enclosed by wildfires.......from someone living in the same area where the picture was taken... 
This haiku is dedicated to one very courageous person in particular and all courageous people.. fighting their own fire(s).

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The Less I Have

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

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Three little trees

three japanese trees
this spring only five feet small 
their shades spread new light

(c) Elly wouterse

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Teamwork could happen.
Challenge to get ahead now.
Expect some to crash.

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haiku fanatics

haiku fanatics stifling creativity laying down the law inflexible minds smothering self-expression toeing language lines simile is out personification too metaphor's a crime icicles are fine as long as they aren't crystal and they mustn't rhyme ripping haiku rules rebel verse must be contained I should be ashamed! wonder if Basho stuck rigidly to the rules observed tradition? haiku from the heart give metaphor wings to soar let the words fly free oops I do believe this is strictly senryu not haiku at all!
After reading all sides of the haiku debate about how it should be written and indeed beyond haiku and into the writing of poetry in general, I really only have this to say: life is not perfect and if art imitates life it stands to reason that poetry cannot be perfect either. I think the writing of poetry suffers from perfectionism and I find that the more I read about the rights and wrongs of writing, this technique and that technique, this form and that form, the more of an inhibitory effect it has upon my work. Life is constantly changing and evolving and therefore poetry should do the same. What is being published today at the cutting edge is mainly modern haiku and free verse with a definite shift towards more rawness and edginess and I welcome that. Life is not perfect and has very little rhyme or reason, so how can it possibly be captured in neat little stanzas and strict syllable counts? And so when writing haiku I will write my own version of it, what personally pleases me and what I'd like to read myself - I've ripped up my rule book. :-)

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Anatomy of Life

The philosopher has blades;
He wants to dissect
the body of life.

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nothing compares to 
the huge weight of weightlessness
without oxygen

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Haikus About God: IV

God made all people
But some better than others?
Stop being silly.

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Ruth by the window;

eating an  yogurt...

it's hurts the road of memory.

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Patience Hears

birds retort
wind whispers riddles untold
patience hears

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Haikus About God: VI

The body: sacred
We’re all made in God’s image
Hence... circumcision?

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haiku 1

as soft as her breath

large snowflakes upon

pink bunting

*my first attempt at a haiku without verbs

**Yes, it is subjective and does contain metaphor :)

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Beautiful rainbow.
Your laughter - crystal raindrops
reflecting the light.

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Longing for spring

waiting scents of spring                                                                                             trek from long winter silence                                                                                            fawning sounds river deer                                                                                     -  Note  In a breathe this is not 5-7-5 but best I could do to get the double metaphors  flowers fawns  birth and sounds of frogs croaking- kajika frog

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Until the storm is over

standing in between 
until the storm is over
fighting wind and rain

clouds color deep black
hiding all daylight since weeks
the storm's not over

(c) Elly Wouterse

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Blue water

fragile waves ripple
limning smooth gleaming mirror
empyrean blue

©Elly Wouterse
# nature

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All About the Music: Sole On Soul

Click clack; Sole on soul.
Swaying shoes to the rhythms 
The beat makes you whole.

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Lifting the fog

weightless white blankets
sailing on sighs of relief
re-birthing new life

©Elly Wouterse

Click the "About this poem" button for more.. 

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The Boss - Maybe Tomorrow

With the boss pulling and the workers pushing, with the Square Wheels on the wagon and the round wheels in it:

The boss views the path.
Roll forward faster better.
Maybe tomorrow...

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sudden winter rules
freezing remains of summer
going underground

thin ice layers display
hidden graces of futures
small buds of trees gleam

(c)Elly Wouterse

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All About the Music: The Infinite Magic of Lyricism

Pop may be catchy
But not lyrically deep
Case in point: Chris Brown.

(N.B. Poem written after hearing "Don't Wake Me Up")

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Winds of changes

black clouds disappear
in today's brilliant sunlight
cold shoulders vanish

warm winds of changes
hitchhike on hottest sunlight
for drying my tears 

its warmth is healing
my offended heart and soul
each shining moment

© Elly Wouterse

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Perfect Beauty

purest of all lakes
sweetest cake ever tasted
loveliest music not yet composed


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Haiku 37

	Surprise and pleasure
	your secret garden
	Red tulips

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Winter s wonder land

bright silver moonlight
lit up slippery pavements
guides during darkness

(c) Elly Wouterse

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Le Vacance Pretentieuse: Storm Part VI

Water licks your feet
Far cry from the beating sun
Desert sand to sea

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A Time to Shed

A Time to Shed
Dull, milky, blue eyes Molting snake crawls out of skin - Dawn of a new day

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Coming out of earth

 heavenly  trunk art 
under  wooden umbrellas
coming out of earth

one tree is my back
the bark exhibits lifelines 
coming out of earth

beauty bewitches
I get lost in detailed bark
coming out of earth

my eyes mesmerized 
by the artwork of nature
coming out of earth

moments knock on wood 
powered by the tree's  lifeblood
coming out of earth

© Elly Wouterse

# nature's umbrella.

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arc - parabola
life - our parabolic bow 
ends that never meet

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displayed shining stars 
conquer the clear midnight sky
birthing many more

© Elly Wouterse

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Strelitzias die.
Shrunken birds of paradise
sag between green leaves.

* It is now autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
Strelitzia is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa.  A common name of the genus is bird of paradise flower.

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Beneath the icy shroud
Silence is screaming - gasping
To breathe to survive

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Le Vacance Pretentieuse: Storm Part V

The English weather:
Rainclouds follow us from home
There is no escape.

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The tree told me EXTENDED VERSION

under a blue sky
the tree told wistful stories
about  her huge loss

she was still standing
but around her the old friends
fallen trees or felled

my great grandmother 
82 years young of age and spirit
taught me a lesson

the birch trees nourish
with terrestrial water
their spring finery

birches' tears gifted
treasuries of purity
for humanity

never pin but hang
a bottle under the leak
catching healing drops

the wind will whistle
until the bottle will be 
almost filled overfull

silence announces
richness of healing waters
supplied by the birch

the clear pure water 
beneficial for the skin 
Mother Nature's brand  

despite the season
and countless spring leaves she cried
tears of a sad birch

teardrops on my head 
each a touch of my granny
in past and present

©Elly Wouterse

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Flightless bird

can't see and can't hear 
ultimate body language 
Ostrich' hidden head

(c) Elly Wouterse

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youth`s luminous graffiti,
drawn on winter`s wall.

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The ugly, the bad and the good

don't breath the ugly
really ignore the bad
do inhale the good

©Elly Wouterse

PS  Maybe not a haiku according to all the rules... would you mind if I would call it  
a "good-advice-haiku"... I wrote intuitive to a dear friend... 

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Passing through MK

The unwashed drain of 
semi-civil masses sits
bleakly in darkness

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Moonlight serenade

suddenly the moon
was spreading mesmerizing
light in the darkness

(C) Elly Wouterse

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Le Vacance Pretentieuse: Storm Part IV

Culminates in a washout
Stuffed camels get soaked

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Self pity

Oh this self pity
Destroyer in the deep realm
Dark within my soul

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Heart rates

a moment away
a new blooming season
in between heartbeats

© Elly Wouterse

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Back up for black weather

sky hiding daylight
illuminated circle
shadows behind clouds

pouring rain fills up
the world between sky and earth
with opaque tears

moments can't reveal
the real time nor night or day
darkest lights govern

heaven high lightnings 
flashes of future wisdom
and room for a view

(c) Elly Wouterse

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Under starlit dome,
across the empty ocean,
I sail all alone.

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When her harp sings a minimalistic symphony

doughty fingers dance
strumming intense soft and strong 
on thin steel harp-strings

spring breezes' equal
myriad strings resonate
mesmerizing piece

floating on sound waves
thoughts wandering far away
heart and soul travel

oak butterflies soar
from strong transparent wired strings 
and stroking trumpets

life's rhythm vanishes
breath and heartbeat adopted
by gently touched strings

tantalizing clouds
enchanting passionate sounds
dictating life's rhythms

through alluring notes
I nestle from head to toe
in soft cushioned chairs

from intimate depths 
muted and exuberant 
gusts of warm heartbeats

heartstrings in music
angelic and hypnotic 
crystalline oak sounds

Harp player Anne Vanschothorst just does it... with her music... as described in this poem.  

Under "About this poem" two of my favorite pieces of her and her piece for harp based on my poem "A whiter shade of blue"

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Glowing Reminiscence

Basking in moonlight,
Old birds remember the nest.
Ruffles my feathers.

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Water frames

the rain pours down massively
wiping away ice and snow 
clearing the pavement

small streams between the grouting
flowing silently downwards
water paves the way

©Elly Wouterse

A small(in syllables) poem on something - most of the time -   not noticed but when taking a closer look... so meaningful 

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Snuggle Bears

Mamma Snuggle Bear
Makes Pappa Snuggle Happy
Sharing her honey

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Haiku Suite

Haiku 2 Do About U

Should I tell U how
Love 4 U within me sings?
Swinging scatted tune

Haiku About U

Sound brought me 2 U
Feelings for U clear and pure
Dulcet notes on glass

Haiku II About U

Time always 4 U
Time 4 Me? When U want 2.
Metronome off cue

Tru Blu Haiku

Customer Service
Counter for unwanted things
Symphonies in blue

Haiku What U Do

U caused me true pain
My heart a minor etude
Composed in lieu of rain

Blue Haiku N Rue

Silence with me now
Heart pacing on shards of glass
Strewn beneath its feet

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In serenity,
eyed at the Sun, no flashing.
Sunflower in June.

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responding back to her

something I had said 
is better than the ringing 
in my worn ear drum

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If bosses would listen

With the wagon rolling forward on Square Wheels and a cargo of round rubber tires, the wagon pushers need change.

Are Bosses unaware?
Square Wheels are always thumping.
Listen. Small improvements here.

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Love on the lake

Grebes run on the lake.
Love has its playful moments -
pleasure with winged feet.

* grebes - freshwater birds

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Signed by spring

sun seduces spring
destine wintry nudity 
under fresh green gowns

tiny leaves on twigs
yesterday hidden for eyes
now birth pendulum

©Elly Wouterse

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Row Your Boat

Life is but a dream, while rowing down the stream
 Better to flow along in life’s mystery, some call it destiny
 The present is a gift, if you catch my drift
 Watch your flanks, as life & death are your banks
 ‘Cause your reserves are vested in your life preserve’s

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Silhouettes on a greyish day

thick heavy grey sky above
rainy fragrance all over
no season today

low hanging fog in a stew 
clear daylight a reaping hook
on this eclipsed day 

© Elly Wouterse

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Buried in Wait

Buried in wait
This handwritten note
As tidal caresses

Soothe a patient scroll
Forsaken sands keep vigil
As Silence screams from beyond the bottle

19 July 2014
Poet Destroyer’s Contest: One Solo EPIC Senryu or Haiku- In A Bottle

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Icy Buddha

statue catches severe cold
despite massive concrete prayers 
covered with black ice

© Elly Wouterse

The  - to me - inspiring illustration @ "About this poem"

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Frankly refreshing
Cool water lies within open space
I drink deeply on

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Celestial Bear

Big Bear swims tonight
    Stars reflecting on water
    Painted by van Gogh


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the wake

sometimes words blur in
motionless wonder and I 
am left in the wake.
-James Kelley 2014, All rights reserved.

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Haiku 14

The dreaming highway,
a wide-open spacious life. 
Zero at the bone.

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Haiku 2

What doesn't kill me
Neither does it make me strong
Always heal within 

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worms glowing……..  
chandeliers in green
light, hanging; 

R K Chowdary

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The Oasis- Haiku Trilogy

In the vast desert
I search for love’s oasis
My lips cracked and parched

There In the distance
The promised rest of your love
I stumble forward

The shimmering heat
I’m buried in the hot sand
You were a mirage

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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omen of ruin

cold desolate abandon uninhabited snowing
      rain slippery icicles spike frostbite 
first month of year pillars of ice blind black

      black ice bad month first of the year
january gray shade screen canopy 
      frolicking jamming January boy birthdate omen of ruin
Penned on May 06, 2014!
For Two Haiku (Describing The Month of January) Contest!

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(To Maimounatou Abdou) 

Garouas Sun has risen now
Let it light and delight
Let me Princess of Beauties bow
For Garouas soft sun is at sight 

 Dla, November 14, 2014

Jaafar Sadig El Waad

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Haiku 7

A feathered cargo,
black shroud of migrating birds.
Mysteries abound.

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Square Wheels on the wagon, Round Wheels IN it

The landscape. No blame.
Should have been designed downhill.
Thumping could be fixed.