Apparently there is some sort of election coming up. Lately I’ve been grinding my teeth at night and, although this could be one of Hillary Clinton’s secret conspiracies, I prefer to blame it on Donald Trump.
the dog registers
Last weekend I attended the wonderful Seabeck Haiku Getaway in Washington State. Sprinkled among the presentations and activities, there were several “Write Now” sessions in which we had five minutes to draft haiku on a particular topic. Here are a couple from a session on the elections:
leaves land on both sides
of the fence
kissing the baby still undecided
This is truly one of the most bizarre, unpredictable and ugly U.S. elections ever. Each day has brought new revelations and accusations. It will be very hard to heal the nation after this divisive process.
geese practice leaving
But when I look out my window at the forest outside, I am reminded of another time frame, where a four-year election cycle is no more than a breath.
redwood time . . .
the steady journey
from earth to sky
No matter the outcome on Tuesday, I am rooting for common sense, compassion and a sense of perspective.
warmly, Annette Makino
(“campaign sign” was first published in Haiku News, Vol. 1, No. 44, November 2012)
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Senryu award: I’m honored that this poem, which I wrote in Japan, recently won third place in the annual Gerald Brady Awards for Senryu held by the Haiku Society of America (HSA). (View all the winners plus judges' comments):
their selfie sticks
Haiku award: And this haiku won second honorable mention in the HSA’s prestigious Harold G. Henderson Awards for Haiku (View all the winners plus judges' comments):
our easy silence
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