End date, or: Expiration

A 'Kōel' breath eternal levels earth in entirety bedrock beneath buffeted, burst, broken blown away, remnants of society Kōel? Kōel is an onomatopoeia form patterned after the caw of the bird of the same name. The male bird makes a Coo coO sound while the female makes a sharp kik kik kik. The poetic form… Continue reading End date, or: Expiration

Humanity hadn’t heeded

The desolated houses were all variations of the same story; those that had weathered the bombings had been abandoned to the elements many years ago. Pealing paint, rusted kitchen appliances, splintered chairs and couches, tattered silk cushions… Humanity hadn't heeded its prophets. Burdie sighed as she adjusted her worn gas mask and checked her remaining… Continue reading Humanity hadn’t heeded

Privilege, or: Responsibility

Poetry Partners #80 'The wonders of the world', a poem by Sarah Cope of 'My Endometriosis Story' The clouds barrel into the pools of blue, crashing into golden sunlight streaks piercing through the sky, A canvas of colour full of shades you cannot clarify, As it floats by just above the likes of you and… Continue reading Privilege, or: Responsibility

Fragile flakes, or: Ashen death

A haibun I'm sorry. I am. As the father of a little girl, I strive to remain upbeat, but on most days I'm only managing this outwardly. 'Cherry Blossoms,' you suggest, Frank? Charred corpses and the white ashes of a nuclear holocaust. I see children's faces melting off and their bones crumbling. Writing this doesn't… Continue reading Fragile flakes, or: Ashen death

‘Oseh shalom’, a New Poetic Form

Senseless, or: Relentless My 1st 'Oseh Shalom' Ukrainian children flee; nuclear power plant set ablaze; senseless, relentless war; please - just stop; let live - Amen. The new 'Oseh Shalom' poetic form I have created a new syllabic form of poetry, based upon the Jewish prayer for peace 'Oseh Shalom', which is sung as a… Continue reading ‘Oseh shalom’, a New Poetic Form

Humanity, or: Humaneness

A quadrille In the form of four Elevenies life flourishing richly throughout human lands inhabitants accustomed to peace complacency planes flying fleetly imperceptible to eagles barking dogs pulling leashes foreshadowing whistling bombs dropping silhouetted against azure people rushing towards cellars blasts ash covering earth carried by currents only scorching wind's breathing apocalypse Elfchen Row Words… Continue reading Humanity, or: Humaneness