Distant Karma ~ senryū

Distant Karma

man’s exploration
far beyond the open seas
here there be dragons

seeking new conquests
as native populations
receive no respect

never satisfied
population explosion
while raping nature

resources wasted
expansion to the planets
looking for relief

interstellar space flight
to discover new life forms
let there be dragons

The prompt for Poetics: Haiku Sequence, from Frank at dVerse ~ poets Pub, is to write a series of haiku that have a theme or unifying framework. There are no seasonal references here, so call this a senryū sequence.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day – Dragons of Ara, © Ariel L. Cappalletti


26 thoughts on “Distant Karma ~ senryū

  1. Nicely laid down …
    Indeed, dragons perhaps a needed-tho-dreaded catalyst. Considering the flaming attitudes spewing from certain mouths, one might say dragons are tromping around amongst us already. The thought of corralling them into a spacecraft sent far way appeals … yet the stars interrupted and the destination planets do not deserve such assault …

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  2. I love your take on the prompt. It has interesting imagery especially with dragons. Maybe the discovery of dragons will lead to our decline and extinction. You never know what you may find out there!

    But, really, fantastic poem about the intrinsic nature of humanity. We seek and discover while damaging things in our way for some type of benefit. As hinted in this poem, perhaps that benefit will lead to our downfall. Excellent piece here, it is beautifully written.

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  3. I love this sequence, Ken–especially the looping back to the dragons. It makes me think of one of my of my favorite books, The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell about a Jesuit priest with a facility for languages sent on a first contact mission to another planet. . .and the misunderstanding that results.


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