Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Haiku Experiment"

The Experiment   
distilling daily dreams—thoughts   
one drop at a time   
July 4   
Morning view outside   
velvet red upon green stalks   
symmetrical rose   
July 4   
Daily poetry   
huge mountains of words to climb   
an endless challenge   
July 13   
Twelve days of poems   
forcing creativity   
through the sieve of words   
July 14   
Impatience is gone   
vanishing within a smile   
the mood shifts again   
July 23   
Happiness and joy  
are acorns planted in fall   
and rooted in time   
July 27   
The poetry helps   
by healing my tattered soul   
bandaging worries   
August 2   
Plunge into a book   
evade all-consuming thoughts   
escape tomorrow   
August 3   
Night’s muffled sighs sound   
distant humming of autos   
gentle songs of sleep   
August 5   
Today’s words are forced   
curbed and restrained emotions   
cotton wraps my mind   
August 8   
Retreat into sleep   
play out other worlds and lives   
leave yourself behind   
August 8   
Hold onto sunshine   
gently cup it in your hands   
optimistic thoughts   
August 16   
Sleepy Saturday   
singing soft lullabies   
snoozing silently   
September 11   

Copyright 1999 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman

For a six month period in 1999, I challenged myself to make my journal entries through some form of poetry. Often, the day's events seemed best expressed through haiku. These are just a few entries from my experiment.

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