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Everyone thinks of the knight,
of his courage and baring,
of bravery in flashing armor.

But while others find it too alien,
I sympathize with the dragon,
who lives with fire in his belly,
tearing teeth and twitching claws,
who still manages to mostly sit
and wait.

If there is countryside left
for the knight to save,
then it's obvious the great lizard
showed impressive restraint.
And how that must have tried him!
I can imagine him trying to take slow deep breaths,
the smoke and sparks curling out his nostrils,
counting to ten hisses,
clenching the jaws that could snap trees in two.

Oh, I do admire the knights!
Anyone brave enough to approach a dragon
should be admired—

but I also admire the dragon,
because sometimes it's so hard
not to decimate things in our anger.
Putting the cup
by the just cracked window,
I let winter
whisper over it,
rushing the steam away.
We take wings
and swords,
and spy glasses.

We take ships
that ride clouds
and pointed ears.

We take up the stories
and write them deep:
drying ink on our ribs.

We take the courage,
the honor and sacrifice,
the hero-ness,

because courage
and honor
once owned,

even for a little while,
leave traces
we can follow back.

What would we look like
if we looked like the hero
of every story we ever read?

What face would be ours?
What would we know?
How strong would we be?
There are some strange phrases out there,
and headlines might be half of them.
I wonder if they catch us through sensationalism
(cheap or otherwise)
or if they catch our curiosity.
"Lost Modernist?"
What could they mean?
How does a letter have "acoustic force,"
and so we take the bait,
(which is just the tail end of a string)
and follow it to find the mind
where word-twirls dovetail with reality.

(Dovetail? Who thought up that one?)

I guess some people must be satisfied—
they must feel whole and complete
when they learn what "long silence" means,
or how someone can talk about "coming home from a world away."
I'll admit,
the part of me that likes to make the bed
and wants yes-or-no questions to be answered with a yes or no,
is quieted by information making sense.

But another part of me
(the part that leaves socks on the floor
and desperately misses finger-painting)
wishes she could walk from one non-sense phrase
to another,
like jumping rocks
over a laughing stream.
The yellow is gone from the well-trod leaves.
Now they're gray ghosts in black mud,
waiting for white snow.

Even the sky is an empty blue,
as if it's saving a seat on a crowded bus,
looking over his infinite shoulder
for the tempestuous woman he's waiting for.  


United States
Current Residence: Taylorsville, UT
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Personal Quote: Life isn't about perfection--it's about practice.
"A haiku is not just a pretty picture in three lines of 5-7-5 syllables each. In fact, most haiku in English are not written in 5-7-5 syllables at all--many are not even written in three lines. What distinguishes a haiku is concision, perception and awareness--not a set number of syllables. A haiku is a short poem recording the essence of a moment keenly perceived in which Nature is linked to human nature. . . The poem is refined into a touchstone of suggestiveness. In the mind of an aware reader it opens again into an image that is immediate and palpable, and pulsing with that delight of the senses that carries a conviction of one's unity with all of existence. "

-Cor Van Den Heuvel, 1987
The New York Times Book Review

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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for the watch ^^ :icongivecupcakeplz:
Crazyhedgy Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Happy birthday! :hug:
RedDragonfly Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Hooray for the DD!
zippip Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
It's very cool.
Haikumato Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday! :la:
zippip Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Thank you very much. It was a good day.
Mirrasae Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Writer
Happy Birthday!!
zippip Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Thank you!
BeaneBandit Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Thanks for the feedback on my submission!
puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the fave! :eager: also, nice journal entry about haikus!:squee:
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