Poetry Friday: November haiku

Everyone is talking about that big story in the news. You know the one. I’m not sure where this came from, so make of it what you will…

November haiku

Grizzly, wolverine
fight over stag’s warm remains
while the forest burns

– © 2016, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved

For today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup, I encourage you to visit the one and only Jama Kim Rattigan at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

And I would be remiss not to thank you, veterans, for all you have done for our country. Here in the U.S., today is Veteran’s Day, and the only reason we were able to hold elections this past Tuesday – and the only reason we can protest, cheer, or write about them – is because of the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices of the men and women of our armed forces. So if you are a veteran…thank you.


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23 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: November haiku

  1. Irene Latham

    Oh, that burning forest… great poem, and particularly apt here in stage 4 drought Alabama where literal burning is a constant concern. Thanks, Matt!


  2. It’s Remembrance Day here in Canada, a quiet day of sadness, gratitude and a commitment to never taking our freedoms for granted. Thank you for reminding us, even in the midst of all that’s happening, not to forget our veterans, and those who continue to serve.


  3. haitiruth

    Hope the forest fire can be put out. I guess the stag is already dead, though – not much to be done except a decent burial! I love the way you’ve made a normally calm, reflective genre into something so dramatic.


    1. Thank you, Ruth. I felt like I needed to respond to the week’s events in some way, but not too heavy-handed…and it felt like a haiku, with its focus on nature, might be a good fit. In my mind, the entire thing can be allegorical, if a reader chooses to interpret it as such.


  4. I did miss your post on Friday so I am glad that you tweeted it out today, Matt. What an image you presented in such a few words. Concise, timely, and powerful. Hope has to be in the air to temper the smell of the forest burning.


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