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

A lining of silver, or: A heart of gold

Poetry Partners #68 'a lining of silver', a poem by Jeff Flesch of 'Develop. Inspire. Transform.' I sit atop a tower, looking down at the flowers briar, calling to me at all hours it is beauty seen in the myriad contours and folds of lifeโ€™s road โ€” gold and shining in the afternoon sun, watching… Continue reading A lining of silver, or: A heart of gold

Merit, Palm, or: Halt

Three American Sentences in 12 words: I. #merit I have #merit like you. I must satisfy myself that it's deserved. https://twitter.com/kaddish_s/status/1507972919791693826 II. #palm Iโ€ฆ just can't fathom innumerable lives in the #palm of one's hand. https://twitter.com/kaddish_s/status/1507976234801717254 III. #halt Screaming, "#Halt!" on a busy street corner will only draw annoyed eyes. https://twitter.com/kaddish_s/status/1507981599173926914 What's an 'American Sentence'?… Continue reading Merit, Palm, or: Halt

The Pathya Vat, or: Form verses creativity

Sangeetha & David's new poetry project Once upon a time, two poets who'd never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin. Once they'd completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative… Continue reading The Pathya Vat, or: Form verses creativity

Today’s Russians are like Jews in Nazi Germany?

"Denazify Ukraine"? You've all heard that Putin aims to "denazify" Ukraine, which is absurd on its face, given that Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish himself and his grandfather lost three brothers in the Holocaust. However, let's put aside the absurdity of this argument for now. What I'd like to focus on is the other… Continue reading Today’s Russians are like Jews in Nazi Germany?

Mud, Enforce, or: Empire

This year, I am attempting to become active on Twitter after having created an account last year to post 365 micropoems. Among other things, this means I will be responding to Twitter poetry prompts. Initially, I wasn't planning on x-posting those here, but then I realized: if I don't save my Twitter poems elsewhere, I'll… Continue reading Mud, Enforce, or: Empire

Fix, Expert, or: Gateway

This year, I am attempting to become active on Twitter after having created an account last year to post 365 micropoems. Among other things, this means I will be responding to Twitter poetry prompts. Initially, I wasn't planning on x-posting those here, but then I realized: if I don't save my Twitter poems elsewhere, I'll… Continue reading Fix, Expert, or: Gateway

‘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