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Tortured Haikuist

Spring 2024

By Mark FrancisPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024

what's going on here?

grass is green, bushes in bloom

as if life matters

ocean of blossoms

billows a high cherry tide

barest feet wade in

beautiful eclipse--

tulips still striving, like kids

as caught in the gray

doors and flowers, quite

hard, their sketching. openings,

roots. in own season

cat blocks me on stairs

wanting, i guess, attention

not my karmic fate

see the drying out

gray goes to green again; not

just beholder's eye

so seasons repeat

themselves regardless our tight

schedules, commands

we're not what we were

but, really: were we ever?

cats scratch, thin trees moan

i want daffodils

planted in corners, fence-side

to ease next year's spring


you draw, fly me further on,

in. pause to dry wings


About the Creator

Mark Francis

Published translator of verse and original writer of haiku, senryu, lyric, occasional and genre poetry and speculative fiction.

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Comments (10)

  • ROCK about a month ago

    Moody, sordid and surreal. Very drawn to this form of expression. Finely tuned.

  • Imuabout a month ago


  • Khanabout a month ago

    Congratulations on the top story.❤️

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    Amazing, almost effortlessly perfect writing through haiku form!

  • Sonia Heidi Unruhabout a month ago

    I was carried away! Creative and effective use of the Haiku structure. Love "ocean of blossoms / billows a high cherry tide" -- I can see the waves in the form of the poem!

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    A well-crafted series of haiku and quite emotive. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Congratulations on Top Story! 🥳

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Karmic fate, I especially loved that! Fantastic set of Haikus!

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