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Haiku for the tall and straight

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 00:37

In summer when the corn is tall

And sunset seen through poplars

I wish.



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Rose in Summer Haiku 2

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And again

Passing these roses in the streetlight

You would be the stolen one, 

And not only your heart.

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Summer and Rose Haiku

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summer is very bad for us.

tonight, coming home

a stolen rose.

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She Kissed Me

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 00:21

When we met, she kissed me.

I was quite surprised. It seems

She'd read last Summer's poems.

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Winter in Summer Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 02:20

Talking. Warm breaths blow.

Over empty glasses. The sound.

Suddenly reminds us of winter.

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Summer Bridge Crossing

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 22 June 2015, 02:22

Truth to me then was,

I felt the bridge ironwork

warm in my hand.

In the millstream,

I saw two differently colored lights.

In the distance

I heard one dog barking.

Now I relished this summer night

And made it my truth.


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We Are Honourable After All

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Suppose you were told

You were dying.

You'd still feed the cat.

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Clerihew Newton #2

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Sir Isaac Newton

Slept on a futon.

He gave gravitation

As his explanation.

 

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Clerihew

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 16 June 2015, 01:30

Sir Isaac Newton

Slept on a futon.

He felt strong indignation

Concerning gravitation.

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Clerihew

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 15 June 2015, 00:33

King John

Had far too much on.

He decided it was smarter

To sign the Magna Carta.

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Show No Summer Favourites

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 14 June 2015, 02:56

Show no summer favourites

Not even the heavy white lilacs dipping in the stream.

Even though your mother loved them best

Show no summer favourites.

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Cats 'n Wolves

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 13 June 2015, 00:26

Are dogs and wolves the same species?

Yes, in a sense, because dogs and wolves can interbreed.

But the story is more complex. It's long been thought that the grey (or timber) wolf is the ancestor of dogs.

Controversial new research suggests that dogs and grey wolves are probably both descended from a common ancestor wolf, now extinct. They had the same grand parents, n times removed.

Modern dogs and wolves share 99% of their DNA (I think it is), but that small difference seems to be responsible for (amongst other things) a big change in behavior.

Dogs want to be ordered. Wolves make up their own mind.

Tell a dog 'no' and it may obey.

Tell the most human-friendly wolf 'no' and it will ignore you.

Like a cat, in fact.

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Clerihew

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 12 June 2015, 01:33

Alexander the Great.

Was always late.

So he got shot.

Of the Gordian knot.

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Clerihew

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 11 June 2015, 01:03

Socrates thought parsley.

Was ghastly.

He took hemlock instead.

Now he's dead.

 

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JS Bach in State Pen

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 02:59

Listening to the radio yesterday, I was amazed to hear J.S. Bach once did time.

Well not exactly.

As I understand it, he got a new job (in 1717) but his current employer (Duke of Weimar and ruler of that state) didn't want to let him go. So Bach was put in jail. After a month he was released.

But his detention is an example of Power speaking unto Art.

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Clerihew

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 02:34

J.S. Bach, 

Fancied a lark.

So he tried misbehaviour,

With his well tempered clavier.

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Schrödinger's vets

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 00:28

 

http://www.condenaststore.com/-sp/About-your-cat-Mr-Schroedinger-I-have-good-news-and-bad-news-New-Yorker-Cartoon-Prints_i13222248_.htm

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Poppy, I was tempted to pick you

Because I wanted your beauty to last forever,

But I couldn't do it.

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Beauty vs Time 1/3

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 5 June 2015, 01:31

Here's the first four lines of another sonnet I've learned, and frequently recite when walking home.

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
But sad mortality o’er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?

This is so striking, its author so famous, it must have received legions of analysis. I've read none of them. This is my take entirely.

It jerks us around and brings in multiple images, like an early film, a silent movie. Try to imagine the camera angles and sound track.

First we see things that we think long lasting. The camera pans around. But then we are  reminded nothing lasts for ever, everything will decay with time.

Things that seemed permanent are destroyed. Castles collapse. Sea defenses erode away. We hear the roar.

But where did rage come from? What is the savage attack animal? Who can defend?

Beauty steps bravely forward and - this is one of the astonishing things about the poem - Beauty is a lawyer, pleading the case for a reprieve.This legal metaphor is one of the most surprising and amazing ways in which the focus of the poem takes us by surprise almost line by line

How strong is Beauty's case? Who is the jury?

Try to answer without reading the next episode.

 

 

 

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Moon Looks Down Haiku

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Ow! Smelling mimosa, I reached up.

Grabbed holly.

Spring happens.

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Music and Thought

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 02:16

 A minute ago on the radio.

" Maurice Ravel's music is transparent, it reminds you of the veins beneath the skin."

Then some music followed.

The comment was one those ideas that is not exactly right - what is? - but which changes your way of listening in just a small way.

 

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Black Cat Wind

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 01:11

The wind dropped and the cat and I

Ran in the cornfield.

Not ripe yet though.

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Night Wind Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 2 June 2015, 01:40

Tonight I stopped at the gate.

Every leaf was singing, every bough was dancing.

In that gale.

Further off I heard a deeper and an older roar.

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An Anglo-Saxon Riddle

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 1 June 2015, 00:55

My transliteration of an Anglo-Saxon riddle.

 

Green and growing.

Tugged suddenly from bed.

Making her cry on the chopping board.

Pleasing her when cooked.

 

What am I?

 

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Spring Cloud Haiku

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Spring clouds,

I reached up to grab you.

But you ran away laughing.

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