a palpable absence ~ hay(na)ku

a palpable absence

finding nearly empty shelves inside
a store with a clerk outside
counting customers as they enter
to find themselves nearly alone, leaving
half-satisfied to pass empty buildings,
cars less frequent than the few pedestrians,
to arrive home, present in my absence

Today is Day 10 of National/Global Poetry Writing Month, and the prompt for
The Perfect Seven Lines, from Frank at dVerse Poets Pub
is simply to write a seven-line poem.

The prompt for napowrimo.net is to write a hay(na)ku – a variant on the haiku,
with a three-line stanza of one, two, and three words, sometimes chained
to create a longer poem – so I have edited this to create a hay(na)ku.

a palpable absence

clerk
counting customers
entering the store

surprised
to find
I’m almost alone

frustration
on finding
nearly empty shelves

leaving
half-satisfied
to drive home

passing
empty buildings
on empty streets

finally
arriving home
present in absence

Image source: artoflivingguide.org

11 thoughts on “a palpable absence ~ hay(na)ku

  1. The stores are empty of all the things everyone is searching for…toilet paper, pasta, soup…etc..our local grocery distributor came on the news and said people need to stop i!t They have over 22000 items on the shelves it may not be the brand you usually buy but, some sort of equivalent product is there. That is not so true if you are looking for tp.

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