leaf and bark incense
scent a gentle guitar riff—
the drifter’s noon fire
© 2013 CLYDE FORDE
Here’s the back-story to this haiku.
I work with a challenging population: older adults—some with serious mental illness. One way I get through the day is to take lunch at a local park which features two small lakes and several walking trails. Depending on the weather, I eat lunch in my vehicle then have a quick noon walk.
On this particular day I noticed someone who appeared a “wanderer.” He was on foot, moving slow and dressed as you might expect. He carried a backpack and a guitar case. I ate my lunch and watched as the man gathered up piles of leaves and tree bark then put them into a grill—one of those large brick ones with a chimney.
The man lit a fire, opened up the case, sat down on top of a picnic table, and began to play his guitar softly. It was very moving.
i love this poem ~ and i like the ‘first comment as back story’ , was thinking of doing the same thing, so now you’ve inspired me to go ahead and do it ~
Thank you for your appreciation! I hope that, most of the time, my words won’t need further explanation – and I’m quite happy if folks have various/individualized interpretation for what I’ve written. But sometimes I want to make sure that readers “see” exactly the same scene I did: such was the case with this haiku.
I’m glad I was able to provide you with some inspiration; I take that as a great complement!
wow.. that is quite a tale. And I was moved by your sharing of it. thank you Clyde.
Thank you! It was something quite simple, unexpected, and beautiful – and quite profound as well.
Inspirations strikes us everywhere…
Thanks for the back story…
I was also inspired…(please visit)
I went for a visit and was so flattered!!! Thank you for the honor, my friend! I hope visitors here will take the time to visit you and have a look at your work – if I may refer to something so pleasurable as, ‘work.’ Thanks again, Jules!
such beautiful scene
guitar gently weeps
Thank you! I LOVE your responding verse!
I enjoyed the scents, sights and sounds in these few words
Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
I love seeing haikus that are easily understandable. This is very fitting to your back story, good work.
Thank you so much, Jack! I enjoyed capturing this unexpected, soft & peaceful moment in time.
You write some really great poetry. I like the middle line in this one, the idea of smelling a guitar riff. It’s like synesthesia.
Thank you, Jon! I appreciate it!
Thank you so much!
lovely. thanks for sharing
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