Saturday, May 26, 2012

Joy in the Land of the Living


I.

Open the gate:
outside, the woods are quiet
inside, the city's sound

Tickled by 
wind impatient:
surprising joy

A bee's wings
buzz my ears
in honey sound

Stranger 
across the street:
in a moment, we're one

Reason undone
by logic's law:
lay down and give me a kiss

I kissed you
but all I tasted
was chocolate

Drunk with night
the morning stars
sang each other's songs

II.

Life's a record;
the joy
is in a name

She wore the colors of earth:
her face a ring
her palms the warmth

Marathon miles
a century smiles:
she was only thirty

The dream ended
when time was creeping 
out of sight

Orphans
laid her robe
in living earth

III.

I went for a walk
with God
in rapturous talk

A sermon on pity
is worthless if witty:
what does a good man feel?

Do we weep in joy,
or weep in pity?
Our soul is in the winter's grip

Embracing 
the salted herb
I tasted the honeyed fruit

IV.

The water is shallow
the fields are fallow:
five hens came home to roost

The mists of pleasure 
hide the treasure:
a land of dreams

Defiling desire:
her beauty
a train of youth

The stroll
of marriage:
two joined in weakness

V.

The earth
is where you've been before:
foundation of stone

Modest as cake
we walked
to the final day

Born into a world of joy:
the bones enwrapped, 
an earthly toy

Beauty in ashes:
her laugh
emanates above

He repents
but do we joy
in his release?



Note: This is fiction; the narrator "I" is not myself personally. Written for Haiku Heights' 5/26/2012 prompt, "Joy."  Also linked to dVerse. I was going to link it for the Saturday prompt because it started off on a similar theme, but then it got a bit too heavy for the theme, I thought.

21 comments:

  1. Awesome series of haiku. Thank you for sharing. It is a joy to read these ones.

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  2. WOW WOW WOW.. this is the only words that I came across after reading each set... amazing!

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  3. Lost in between, read it again,. I second Maharukh,. WOW!

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  4. love those last couple of stanzas...

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  5. Excellent series. Particularly liked the one about talking to God. I'm not a believer (in the traditional sense), but I've always wondered how a conversation with a omnipotent being would be like, how it would see everything.

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  6. nice...some really great lines in this...love that orphans line...it stopped my reading to ponder it...and then again with Embracing
    the salted herb
    I tasted the honeyed fruit
    great line that as well...love the story telling in this as well...nicely done sir...

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  7. Some very vivid images and encapsulated thoughts--joy has taken you many places here.

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  8. A lovely wander through the corridors of your mind. Yes, lovely!

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  9. haiku jedi, you are! lots of great lines & imagery

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  10. Beautiful haiku offering ~ I can't picked a fav part, they are all lovely ~

    Grace

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  11. "Embracing
    the salted herb
    I tasted the honeyed fruit"...love, love, LOVE this line!

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  12. Excellent, the flow and the reflection the MC went throw. The description of the female was just awesome.
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  13. i liked "life's a record" there is so much meaning. is a record, like a file? or like a computer file? or is a a recording, like movie, or a record, like a CD, and it's artistic? i guess it's all those things

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  14. "Do we weep in joy, or weep in pity?" ... that line slid right off the tongue and made me think. I like your dedication to length here, nicely done.

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  15. excellent haikus -- wow, it is totally loaded with images! I will need to revisit and reread again -- pondering! I like the format of the different stanzas -- interesting progression of I thru V -- beginning to ending! God and I!

    "the earth . . where you have been before" "foundation of stone"
    dust to dust -- ashes released back into the world
    heaven sent

    Thanks!

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  16. i like them all but section II was my fav with her wearing the colors of earth and then time running out..the orphans..very moving write..

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  17. Beautiful haiku with a touch of wistfulness...loved them :)

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  18. Lovely lovely!

    Particularly lovely:

    "A bee's wings
    buzz my ears
    in honey sound"

    Lovely imagery!

    Anna :o]

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  19. I like that 'Joy' is surprising...it can happen anytime anywhere spontaneously!

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