Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
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Haiku roundup

I've been enjoying writing haikus lately. Do one, get an idea or an image out quickly, and move onto something else, maybe another haiku. (I once interviewed a professor named Mark Hamilton who in the late Nineties recreated Lewis and Clark's expedition on boat, on foot, and at times with a pack mule traveling with him. While traveling on a small boat or while camping, he said, he'd occupy himself "by writing, say, a hundred haikus." I've always remembered that. That's doable.)

Here's a batch, from the past week or so (copyright Christopher Walsh 2016):

Now! Do! Breathe! Eat! Touch!
Feel! Sense! Learn! Know! Learn more!
To understand: act!

BREEZE
Air runs into you
Ever-touching, rough or soft,
And simply runs past.

A series of tubes
Neon- and argon-infused
Proclaim truth: "OPEN."

Water's meant to move
As gravity compels it
Evermore downward

Boat-less dock awaits
A sailor's return — or a
Young kid's jump lake-ward

Go ahead. Hug. Yes.
Embrace your need to embrace
One who needs hugs, too.

Never a straight path
Walking your dog — but you trend
Towards a happy dog.
Tags: poetical
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