Fresh rivulets flow, or: Summertime shower

A haibun Whenever my seven-year-old daughter complains that it's hot in the summer, I like to remind her that Jerusalem is a desert city. "Welcome to the desert," I wink. Personally, I usually don't bother complaining, but I still catch myself kvetching about the heat on occasion. Yesterday, trudging through the afternoon sun from her… Continue reading Fresh rivulets flow, or: Summertime shower

Breeze flutters shadows, or: Before nightfall

A haibun I exit in the early evening; and my city is aglow in warm sunlight. I smile. Most of the time, I don't hold any particular appreciation for the sun; Middle Eastern summers are uncomfortable. Still, leaving the office before daylight has faded... bright bus stop breeze flutters shadows sun lazes d’Verse Haibun Monday:… Continue reading Breeze flutters shadows, or: Before nightfall

Morning, or: One ray of quiet sunshine

My 1st Arkquain Swirl EPIGRAPH: Perhaps I will become a ray of sunshine, to be embraced by your colours. I will paint myself on your canvas.-Amrita Pritam (1919 – 2005) I've become one ray of quiet sunshine Hoary and modern histories of Jerusalem refract me like precious gems beneath sandaled feet I paint myself on… Continue reading Morning, or: One ray of quiet sunshine

Spring, or: Winter?

A haibun Jerusalem is unseasonably cold this month. March is ostensibly a spring month, right? And Israel is a Middle Eastern desert country. It should not be as cold as it is right now. Nevertheless, in the past two weeks, the temperature in Jerusalem has ranged from 5° C (41° F) - 17° C (62.6°… Continue reading Spring, or: Winter?

Pre-warmth, or: The Peak of Rains

Micro-Season (Kō) for early February in Jerusalem Major Season (Sekki): "Pre-warmth" ("Ha-khom Ha-kdam") Jerusalem's "Pre-warmth" Sekki is the tail end of winter, when it is still cold, but spring is on the horizon. It follows immediately after the coldest month of the year, which is January. Micro-Season (Kō): "The Peak of Rains" ("Si Ha-g'shamim") The… Continue reading Pre-warmth, or: The Peak of Rains

In, or: Out

An American sentence in 10 words: Occasionally, I wonder which of my forebears was first exiled. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He… Continue reading In, or: Out

Slushy, or: Smoothie

An American sentence: Caked in uncommon, slushy snow, Jerusalem's worth photographing. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’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 the line… Continue reading Slushy, or: Smoothie

Rain, or: Shine

A Waltz wave poem gray over- cast heavens; my daughter believes God's crying up above Jerusalem and wonders why God gets so sad during the autumn and winter months Waltz wave? a one-stanza poem;nineteen lines; each line has a set number of syllables;the pattern is: 1/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/3/4/3/2/1/2/3/2/1/2/1;words may be split into syllables to fit the pattern;this… Continue reading Rain, or: Shine