Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sisyphean Haiku

The last pages of this book are full of sand--
enough to bloody my fingers.
My pockets are filled with sugar I pretend is stars. 
When I touch my fingers to them, they stick to the blood and turn pink
like cherry blossoms in haiku.

I put the tip of my tongue to the sand and stars
to taste earth and heaven together, but it's no good--
grit in my mouth makes me grind my teeth until I spit red.
Having combined dirt and deity, I carry the experience
but produce no pearl. 

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I am not sure if this is pastiche, Kerry, but it is my attempt at it.

10 comments:

Debi Swim said...

"I carry the experience
but produce no pearl." Made me go 'oh'

Sioux said...

My favorite lines were: "to taste earth and heaven together, but it's no good--
grit in my mouth makes me grind my teeth until I spit red."

I've never heard of that type of poem, so I can proclaim, "It's a perfect pastiche!"

brudberg said...

Pearls might result from sand, but mostly they stem from pain... alas.

Outlawyer said...

Of course my favorite line is about the cherry blossoms in haiku/- you manage to squeeze a great deal of humor from a painful reckoning. Thanks. K.

hedgewitch said...

This may not be haiku in form, but there is a sparseness to the metaphor, and a cutting edge to the reversal of comfort in nature, that turns it on its head and shakes out the gist. If one finds out that stars are merely grit, after all, then what good are a few falling blossoms. Pastiche or simply brutal honesty, either way, fine writing full of immediacy and force.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is such fine work, Shay. Somewhere between heaven and earth, people are bleeding. I think on have encapsulated the tragedy of the human condition quite perfectly.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Sugar, stars, somewhere between heaven and earth. This is very wonderful writing. Wow.

Rhissanna said...

I love this. I love the fall between the expectation and the reality.

Mama Zen said...

Brilliant ending. Damn.

avacnola said...

"I put the tip of my tongue to the sand and stars
to taste earth and heaven together, but it's no good--"

Yes.