Two wings, or: Diptera

A Sijo razor-sharp aerobatic spins with but two (rather than four) wings; air movements sensed by halteres; alert; steady; thus they steer; natural gyroscopes in flight set dipteran's head aright Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains… Continue reading Two wings, or: Diptera

Zoom fly, or: Don’t bother me

A Choka coworker enters, sees our office dark unlit- finger to the switch, surprised discerns me seated there in my desk chair- why you sitting in darkness? looks puzzled at me; there's this whack fly, I reply matter-of-factly, zooming all around somewhere down our fluorescent hallway Choka? The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the… Continue reading Zoom fly, or: Don’t bother me

Poisonous treacle, or: Host

Poetry Partners #166 'Host for the Lancet Fluke', a poem by Gareth David Ogilvie of 'The Zen Poetic' Narcissistic parasite That feeds the masses ignorant delight A hidden force that holds the sceptre A distant ghost that steals your nectar Feeding you lies to hold you prisoner Making you vote for your wounded blister Giving… Continue reading Poisonous treacle, or: Host

On my hands, or: In cold blood

An American sentence: Hands bloodied, I grin. Killing mosquitoes brings me cold satisfaction. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that removing… Continue reading On my hands, or: In cold blood