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Quote from: Alan Summers on July 12, 2016, 03:58:43 PM
Yes, there's a lot of roadkill out there, and sometimes it's human. One of my step-relatives narrowly avoided being killed on the road just a week ago.
Oddly I haven't used the color red for any of my 'hadaka' haiku but yellow I associate with the dark raw side of life:
Monday's magician of yellow colour of murder
Publication Credits: Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)
girl in an owl
a human gun for yellow
c.2.2. Anthology of short-verse ed. Brendan Slater & Alan Summers
(Yet To Be Named Free Press 2013)
Windsor & Newton receive a small parcel
of gamboge from their South-East Asian suppliers:
they usually grind it up carefully and sell in tubes,
one of their more expensive watercolours.
This one contains exploded bullets.
There's five of them displayed in their office now.
It might have been the Vietnam War,
or the horrors of the Pol Pot regime,
a soldier, or a group of soldiers, entered a garcinia grove
and sprayed bullets around the area with machine guns.
Some of them lodged safely in the bamboo,
to be found months, years later, by paint-makers
There are landmines in that grove now
where the trees bleed in slow sunshine.
Whatever happened to the other bullets
can only be imagined,
but there's a nine year old boy who limps,
as he catches a train,
in a man's body.
this reluctant bird
another bright eye day
for the both of us
n.b. (for readers) Gamboge is a deep tone of saffron for painting, and other uses such as Buddhist robes.
pub. Blithe Spirit Vol. 25 issue 2 (2015)
anthology: Journeys 2015, World Haibun Anthology ed. Angelee DeodharQuote from: justlikeyou on July 12, 2016, 02:02:47 PM
I just found this thread. I really should get out more.
In reading through the thread something immediately came to mind. An all too common scene 'round these parts.
the highway stained
with a life drained out