One edge
hanging over the mountain--
the Milky Way

---Shiki
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dismembered magpie
left on the cemetery path
horse chestnuts

2 comments:

Alan Summers said...

dismembered magpie
left on the cemetery path
horse chestnuts underfoot


I think you can leave out 'underfoot' partly as it sounds a little archaic for a haiku.

dismembered magpie
left on the cemetery path
horse chestnuts


Here's one from me, an actual experience, and the writing of it inspired by Michael McClintock's famous haiku:

high noon
half a bandicoot
the flies’ hum


Alan Summers
The British Haiku Society Postal Workshops Anthology 2000


dead cat...
open mouthed
to the pouring rain


Michael McClintock
The Haiku Anthology (p121)

E-mail Interview With McClintock by Adria Neapolitan

AN: Can you elaborate on the bluntness and the honesty in your haiku? (I’m thinking about the "dead cat... / open mouthed / to the pouring rain.")

MM: I want to see things as they are, not always as I would wish them to be.

That is easy to say, but often hard to do. I want to work in both ends of the spectrum, to write about what I find, too, between the extremes of beauty and ugliness.

I think that is where most of us live our lives; there’s no sense in pretending otherwise.

And I don’t have to go looking for it; it comes to me, whether I want it to or not.


all my best,

Alan
With Words
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Leatherdykeuk said...

Fascinating, Alan, thank you.

I can identify with Mr. McClintock - the tagline for my photo blog has always been 'ugly is beauty from another perspective'