I don’t often write haikus, as they are simultaneously the easiest and hardest poems to write.
On the surface, they appear very simple: 3 lines, nothing to it, right? But then once you start, you realize you need natural imagery, human emotion, a twist in the 3rd line…and suddenly you start disliking every word you write down.
The fact is, a haiku is the easiest poem in the world to screw up. Anyone write a bad one; it’s extremely difficult to write a good one.
So…are these any good?
Hard tellin’, not knowin’. I like them – and have put more time into them than you might think at first blush. So hopefully you’ll like them, too! The first is my newest poem, something I wrote for the autumn-themed children’s poetry collection I’m writing. The second one is geared to an older reader and was published last year by the online literary journal, YARN (Young Adult Review Network). I’m sharing it today because…well, because I felt like it!
kisses her babies goodbye,
their caps warm and snug.
– © 2013, Matt Forrest Esenwine
Sparrow sweetly sings
her mate, on the ground.
– © 2012, Matt Forrest Esenwine
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