Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Unseen

This week’s prompt from One Deep Breath is about the unseen.

O Inspiration,
Driving me with whips of thought
To write it all down.

A damp autumn breeze
Whispers promises and threats
Of winter coming.

It would be too easy to write only about things I can’t find, that’s been a constant in my life, but I would also be remiss to not acknowledge it once…

Where is my cellphone?
I could have sworn it was here!
Call it and listen.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Countryside

This week’s prompt from One Deep Breath “visits the countryside.” Since I live in the country, next to in-laws with a working chicken farm, I get up-close and personal (too much so, far too often) with life in the countryside. Three rather snarky senryu come to mind.

Crickets, katydids
Weave their magic nightsong…
Beagles break the spell.

Farmers sacrifice their time
To feed the world.

Filthy, crowded, hot:
A scene from the depths of Hell?
No, a chicken house.

Many of my previous haiku and senryu also deal with rural themes: exurban encroachment, night near a pond, foggy morning roads, foggy evening roads, buzzards, kudzu, grain fields, raptors, livestock, fishing. I’m honored to share them with you.