leaf and bark incense

scent a gentle guitar riff—

the drifter’s noon fire



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19 thoughts on “HAIKU #16

  1. Clyde says:

    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 ~

      • Clyde says:

        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!

    • geezergirl1 says:

      wow.. that is quite a tale. And I was moved by your sharing of it. thank you Clyde.

  2. JulesPaige says:

    Inspirations strikes us everywhere…
    Thanks for the back story…

    I was also inspired…(please visit)

    • Clyde says:

      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!

  3. 1EarthUnited says:

    such beautiful scene
    gracefully personified
    guitar gently weeps

  4. purehaiku says:

    I enjoyed the scents, sights and sounds in these few words

  5. Jack Lee says:

    I love seeing haikus that are easily understandable. This is very fitting to your back story, good work.

  6. 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.

  7. nightlake says:

    lovely. thanks for sharing

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