I’ve been thinking a lot about poetry in these past months, mainly because I used to write it often, but for some years it fell casualty to the realities of life. Which isn’t to say that poetry can only flow under certain circumstances, such as settling a lot of events in our worlds. In fact I recently began again to turn even troubled thoughts to poetry as I began to deliberately entrust my musings to the brevity of poetic lines.
So tonight it was with some pleasure that I picked up on one of my mind’s threads from a few evenings back, and contemplated haiku. Commenting about the form in a Facebook post I was directed to La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin, where I found “TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge,” which each week presents a household item for readers to consider and write about in haiku form.
This go round~
[Piano image to be replaced]
Here’s what I came up with~
These abandoned keys
and the stories they have told
hanging in the mist
As thunderstorm pounds
the ground, scattered people fly
seeking covered calm
I readily confess that the idea of abandonment was influenced by TJ’s caption for this image, and I resolved not to peek in the future–at least not until I’ve written at least one haiku. Maybe more.
Completely unrelated is a haiku (below) I had written about an hour before the FB post, influenced by…well, I’ll hold that thought for now and see what anyone else might say. Of course for some it will be pretty straightforward (especially if they live in Alaska), but others may see in it something I hadn’t even contemplated.
Sky is darkening
Termination dust abounds
as we face demise
Thanks to Kate Martyn for introducing me to this fun, fabulous and marvelously engaging weekly challenge!
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Note: This post was updated to include the object in the title: piano.