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  • mistermuse 12:08 am on April 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Haiku, , ,   

    HAIKU!….GESUNDHEIT! 

    Pardon me while I celebrate INTERNATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY. Haiku, as you know, is a three-line poem of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, which happens to total 17, which happens to be this day of the month, which happens to be INTERNATIONAL I-Already-Told-You-What DAY. So, here are a few lowbrow examples of haiku, guaranteed to ruin your appetite for haiku for the for-eatable future. If you have trouble swallowing any of these, feel free to wash it down with a swig of your favorite beverage, followed by a quart of milk of magnesia. If that doesn’t relieve your groan, you’re on your own.

    ONE TOO MANY (syllables)

    Excuses may be
    easy to make…but they don’t
    make up for your mistake.

    A NEAR MYTH

    Once upon a time
    I tried to make a haiku
    rhyme. Maybe next time.

    HAIKU ON THE HUSTINGS

    Politician beams,
    waves to crowd of strange faces…
    he’s been here before.

    Had enough? Believe it or not, it could always be worse:

     

     

     

     
  • mistermuse 12:00 am on November 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , covered bridge, , Haiku, Maxwell Anderson, Never In A Million Years, , Once upon a time, , ,   

    HAIKU AUTUMN \ AFTERWORDS 

    SHORTFALL

    The days early down….
    winter nears by degrees….no
    wonder….November

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *¬†* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    BELITTLE SHORT DAYS? NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS

    Oh the days dwindle down/To a precious few…./September…./November….
    And these few precious days/I’ll spend with you/These precious days/I’ll spend with
    you
    –Maxwell Anderson, lyricist

    ….and they lived….happily ever after….once upon a time….once¬†in every lifetime….

    bridge-of-dreams-near-danville-oh

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • scifihammy 4:21 am on November 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Not heard this song before – nice one ūüôā
      And a very interesting bridge photo ūüôā

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    • mistermuse 5:20 am on November 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The sign on the bridge says “Bridge of Dreams” — here is how it came by that name:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_of_Dreams

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    • Cynthia Jobin 10:30 am on November 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I really enjoyed the subtleties in your haiku. In fact, everything about this post is a delight, in a wistful sort of way….Alice Faye, of course, and then the tendency of a bridge of dreams to become a bridge of sighs….

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      • mistermuse 11:23 am on November 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Cynthia — I can think of no more appropriate choice of words than “subtleties” and “wistful”….and “bridge of sighs” reminds me of a wonderful film titled A LITTLE ROMANCE in which the Bridge of Sighs in Venice plays a vital role. Here’s the trailer for the film:

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    • Cynthia Jobin 11:30 am on November 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sometimes “a little romance is everything”…..indeed.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 1:31 pm on November 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      A beautiful post. Very serene. ūüôā

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    • Mark Scheel 1:37 pm on November 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Lately, having succumbed to a severe bout of the flu, I’ve been contemplating death. The song “The Autumn Leaves” keeps running through my head and I hear the implications in a much different way now. Your haiku reinforces that. Have you ever toured, really, the bridges of Madison County? Anyway, all covered bridges are special and beautiful.

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      • mistermuse 3:46 pm on November 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I have indeed toured the bridges of Madison County — long ago, before the book and movie even came out (if I recall correctly). I especially remember a man on a rainy Iowa morning going out of his way to get in his pickup truck and lead us to one of the bridges when I asked for directions. Friendly folks, those Iowans!
        And, Mark, while we may not agree on politics, we certainly agree that “all covered bridges are special and beautiful” — I should know: I’ve photographed over 500 of them in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

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    • Don Frankel 8:09 am on November 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It used to seem like a long long time from May to December but not so much now.

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    • mistermuse 9:55 am on November 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, “That long long time” (May to December) has been replaced by the time from the Democratic & Republican primaries to election day — and now, given the intransigent animosity that has developed, it looks like it won’t even end on election day, no matter who wins.

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    • Don Frankel 6:40 pm on November 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, my theory is everyone should vote on July 4. Because I think that most everyone makes their minds up during the Primary process and the rest is all show biz.

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    • mistermuse 7:15 pm on November 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good idea, Don. Not only would voting on Independence Day free us from four more months of insufferable political posturing, but it would give the winner four extra months to put together the best possible administration and time to try to work on mending fences with the opposition (if such a thing is possible).

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    • inesephoto 5:42 pm on November 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love your ‘no wonder November’!

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    • mistermuse 8:01 pm on November 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I don’t write many haikus — probably because I struck gold with that one and haven’t had such luck since!

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Haiku, , , Job, Old Testament, ,   

    TWO BAD 

    Well, no one has blasphemed¬†against¬†the one-line poems in my last post, so by all that is holy, I should forget about¬†my threat to¬†up the ante¬†with a post of¬†two-line poems this time around.¬†Ha ha — I’ll forget when Hell freezes over! Although no one commented to complain,¬†I expect the thought crossed the minds of some….and even if it didn’t, the very suspicion demands consequences. Consequently, I am left with no choice but to proceed with the poems¬†I intended to post anyway, and it serves you right!

    My¬†first two-line¬†poem¬†is unWitt(er)ingly¬†brought to you¬†by….

    SPIES LIKE US*

    We measure success
    one imposter at a time.

    *If this title sounds familiar, but you can’t quite¬†‘picture’ it….there’s always Google! Ha ha ha!

    THIS IS A TITLE

    Sometimes a poem
    is entitled to be obvious.

    ENVIRONMENTALLY CORRECT [previously published]

    Poems don’t grow on trees….
    however, some are recycled.

    HEARING I’M PAIRED

    Poetry is that
    conversation we could not
    otherwise have had.
    –Cid Corman, Kyoto, Japan

    Sorry I do
    not speak haiku.

    We interrupt this post for another commercial:

    OBSESSION

    buy Calvin Klein.
    Sell futures.

    GIVE ME THAT OLD-TIME RELIGION

    Of course God knows everything —
    He’s been around forever.

    WHAT GOD TOLD ADAM AND EVE

    You don’t want to know
    (so, on with the show).

    IS THIS GREAT POETRY, OR WHAT?

    The power of suggestion
    is that it begs the question.

    Is this a great job, or what? But apparently not everyone shares my view:

    OLD TESTAMENT RE-VIEW

    Take this Job
    and shove it.

    FINNEGAN’S DYING WISH

    Wake me when it’s over
    (re Joyce).

    We conclude with….

    TWO MORE POEMS BY MISTERMUSE

    One
    short.

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 10:53 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So you’re doing exactly what you wanted to do and it’s my fault, Sr. Muse? Don’t think you’re the first person who’s ever said that to me.

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      • mistermuse 11:41 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I would never think such a thing, Ricardo; nonetheless, I am considering making you pay the price of your protest by filling my next post with THREE-line poems.

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    • Cynthia Jobin 11:12 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Two true to be good….

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      • mistermuse 11:35 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Then it must be bad, which is the new good (well, maybe not new anymore, but new enough to serve my purpose here, you bad girl). ūüôā

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        • Cynthia Jobin 11:55 am on October 15, 2016 Permalink

          The young texters have adopted the numeral “2” as an all purpose savior from having to tremble between “to,” and “two,” and “too” for grammatical correctness. Why didn’t we think of that?

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    • eths 11:42 pm on October 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I like these a lot, especially Cid Corman’s.

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      • mistermuse 7:54 am on October 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Like-wise. In fact, I liked it so much that, as I recall, it instantly inspired the two-liner which follows it (sometimes a poem rings so true, it almost ‘demands’ a response — which we can’t always articulate in a way that does justice to the poem, but when it does….).

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    • Don Frankel 11:35 am on October 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure which is my favorite Muse, Take this Job or Wake me when its over by Joyce. No wait there’s God know’s he’s been around forever. Classic Muse, classic.

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    • mistermuse 11:24 pm on October 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Don. Speaking of the latter, I’m getting so old that sometimes I feel like I’VE been around forever.

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    • RMW 12:30 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Always enjoyed Johnny Paycheck’s song… his number one hit… that was pretty much my mantra during all my many corporate jobs… thank goodness I don’t have to sing it anymore!

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      • mistermuse 8:38 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sure that song’s title expresses what many ‘wage slaves’ wish they could say to their employer….and then feel (to paraphrase Martin Luther King Jr.) free at last, free at last, thank God, I’m free at last!

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    • Cynthia Jobin 1:35 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Just stopping by to wish you a very happy upcoming natal anniversary celebration, mistermuse, rich with love and contentment. Oh..and cake! Happy Birthday!

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  • mistermuse 8:20 am on November 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Haiku, , November poem   

    HAIKU AUTUMN* 

    The days early down….
    winter nears by degrees….no
    wonder….November

    *originally posted, then “eliminated,”¬†on the blog¬†Speak Without Interruption; more of my dear departed SWI¬†poems¬†may¬†find new life here¬†after this one, as¬†time goes by.

     
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