Unfurling ~ haiku

I submitted the two poems here to Pure Haiku
for Freya’s latest theme, Unfurling, haiku inspired by artwork by Elisa Ang.
The second haiku was featured at Pure Haiku on June 8th
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Unfurling

many paths open
when in search of direction
opportunities

open to new heights
coiled response in readiness
reaching for spring’s light

As always, thank you to Freya Pickard for this feature, and for offering these prompts.

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The current theme at Pure Haiku is Unfurling, presenting haiku inspired by Unfurling, art Elisa Ang. My haiku has been featured.

Unfurling_Elisa Ang

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open to new heights
coiled response in readiness
reaching for spring's light

© Ken Gierke 2021

My experience in this community can be be summed up in verse:

poet on journey / embraced by fellow poets / WordPress acceptance

This haiku is part of our Unfurling series…

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enteroscopy ~ senryū (with audio)

As it happens, I recorded two haiku on my phone when I was waking from anesthesia, yesterday. The one I posted yesterday was garbled and truncated, so I had to try to remember just what I had said. This morning, I found the first recording. Although not that much less garbled, it is more audible. That haiku (or senryū, to be more accurate) appears below, with the original recording. Note that I say “enterology” instead of enteroscopy, and there is a false start with the third line, in which I say “sore throat.”  I’m feeling much better today, but the sore throat still lingers.

enteroscopy
complete with intubation
and recovery


 

As to why haiku came to mind as I was waking up? While waiting to be admitted for my procedure I was thinking about Freya’s most recent prompt for Pure Haiku, and I wrote down a haiku to submit later.

Disintegrate ~ haiku

I submitted the five poems here to Pure Haiku
for Freya’s latest theme, Disintegrate.
The second haiku was featured at Pure Haiku on November 7th
.

Disintegrate

life a forest path
journey of many footsteps
leaving crumbling leaves

compassion absent
during both good times and bad
friendship collapses

advantage taken
at the cost of innocents
mankind’s undoing

sugar dissolving
cream adding soothing light tones
sweetness of warm tea

gazing at the stars
drawn to expanding brilliance
supernova’s birth

As always, thank you to Freya Pickard for this feature, and for offering these prompts.

Emergence ~ haiku

The following five haiku/senryū were included in my submission to Pure Haiku for the most recent theme, Emergence. The fourth and fifth appeared at Pure Haiku on March 7th and April 16th. My thanks go to Freya Pickard for featuring these.

Emergence

true spirit revealed
a nature too long hidden
gender acceptance

chrysalis of green
parting as beauty unfolds
regal orange and black

long wait is over
nurtured in a mother’s warmth
a child’s eyes open

after long nights’ sleep
bear wakes in darkness of den
hungry for daylight

consideration
neurons fire, thoughts coalesce
realization

Image source: screenshot from this YouTube video

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My haiku is featured today at Pure Haiku, where Freya’s current theme is Emergence

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after long nights’ sleep

bear wakes in darkness of den

hungry for daylight

© Ken Gierke 2019

Ken tells me that his experience in this community can be be summed up in verse: poet on journey / embraced by fellow poets / WordPress acceptance. Find him at rivrvlogr.wordpress.com

This haiku is part of our Emergence theme.

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My haiku is featured today at Pure Haiku, where Freya’s current theme is PORTAL.

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light shifting to red

on pathway to the unknown

event horizon

© Ken Gierke 2018

Lately, Ken finds himself focusing on Japanese poetry. He likes the way haiku and tanka offer an opportunity for subtlety in such few words. You can read more of his work at Rivvlogr.

This haiku made me think of red shift and space and time paradoxes – the words speak for themselves.

This haiku is part of our PORTAL theme!

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Freya opens this month’s theme of “Portal” at Pure Haiku with my haiku, “aged oak timber.”
This could prove to be an eye-opening series.

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aged oak timber

tales told in each line of grain

imposing entrance

© Ken Gierke 2018

Note: aged should be pronounced age-ed

Lately, Ken finds himself focusing on Japanese poetry. He likes the way haiku and tanka offer an opportunity for subtlety in such few words. You can read more of his work at Rivvlogr.

I chose this one to open the way to other haiku for our theme of Portal. I liked the visual image.

This haiku is part of our PORTAL theme!

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