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Ray Maxwell @dolphinfish55
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1) I tried to sit out on August Postcard Poetry Month. Needed to give that part of my brain a month of rest. Then Aretha died and I wrote a poem for her in spite of my plans. Today I am reviewing haiku from previous Augusts. Walk with me.
2) First line has five beats.
But isn’t that Japanese?
Heck! Translation fails.

3) Poesia-me.
Romance me. Make me a rhyme.
Let me be the poem.

4) Things still remain wrapped
up – that want to be unwound –
thoughts and worlds unformed.

5) Can I stop it now?
Is there ink still in my pen?
A pulse in my veins?

6) I was going to sit this year out –
Had to drop last year and took some flak
About it – unnecessarily – to do my own thing

7) But #clmooc got the juices flowing
And reacquainted me with my own voice –
So I don’t care today who unfollows me

On Twitter. I learned, over the years,
how to exist outside my various identities –
Writing poems in August is one of those –

8) Rest on the 7th day/month/year.
Tobacco depletes the soil -
Cotton is worse still.

9) And yes, haiku fits
better on the postcard,
a sonnet might crowd the space.

10) Words don’t always fall
Streaming like pearls from your lips.
Sound – the soul’s delight.

11) Propaganda rules
The flat television screen –
Encircling my thoughts.

12) I won’t send this card
Until August starts – a stamp
And a poem will come.

13) Haiku may not fit
Your need or mine but we write
To occupy time.

14) I’d leave this sad world
In a heartbeat if I knew
What awaits beyond.

15) Another seven rolls around -
Don't fret - a rest - the best -
is yet to come.

16) All the folks talking
Inside their echo chambers –
Hard to know what’s what.

17) okra grows too fast –
you can almost hear the sound
it makes maturing.

18) Writing haiku is –
like playing scales for warm-up –
stretching for a run.

19) The buzz/glow you bring
when we meet is better than
weed when we’re apart.

20) make from thought conceived –
freely, stress-less, gratitude –
plus purposeful pause…

21) Clairol commercial
used to ask: Is it true blondes
have more fun?

My baby’s black hair
turns copper brown
In the golden sun –
don’t need no bottled dye.

22) The sevens keep coming -
Remember and keep it holy.
The sevens keep coming.

23) Making haiku swing
Like Knight, and Wright at the end –
Swing dat hammer, swing.

24) a poem for the dead –
an elegy – won’t bring them
back to life again.

25) letting the dead speak
through your poetry is cause
for celebration.

26) elegies fall short –
the deceased prefer to speak
through the poet’s words.

27) The soil was bone dry.
I hope the bean sprouts don’t die
of negligent thirst.

28) Politics – pimps, whores,
tricks – wait their turn quietly,
ashamed, desperate.

29) It's that seventh thing again.
30) The storm never came.
Preparations were for naught.
Worry – thief of time.

31) Portuguese crioule –
a language made for haiku –
words with hidden thoughts.

32) No need getting mad –
a pimp don’t pimp nothing but
a whore – a trick. Dead.

33) Let’s just accept it.
Like many of our ancestors –
Simone Biles – can fly.

34) fields of tobacco
stretch far as the eye can see –
Carolina – home.

35) a hot summer day
rushing home on the Orange Line –
swamp bottom heat.

36) the final day of rest.
37) if my handwriting
is illegible – I blame
mefloquine nightmares.

38) Don’t let my last poems
be sad sonnets – let them breathe
deeply of haiku.

39) why is structure sought?
let words roll and rip off lips
still pleasant to kiss.

40) Haiku – my escape
from life’s quibbles and quarrels –
hide me in these lines.

41) Haiku wants to be FREE!
Wants to SCREAM! but remains
mute in its closet.

42) Are all sounds echoes
from a distant past? Are words
just leftover dreams?

43. Hope y'all enjoyed the show!
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