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Recent Poems

haiga, musical colors
by Alan Harris
2018-2019


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Haiku with a View

The page below contains many haiga.
A haiga is a haiku (5-7-5 syllables) embedded in a photo.

Contents

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Lazy snow circles
Western glow fading
Who times Time?
Stark in winter's wind
depth of azure sky
tried to buy the sun
Each leaf is a life
Like a demagogue
Sooner or later
If the sun could speak
musical colors
mountaintop vision
silent catheral
no smoke now rises
flowers stand sentry
first sun of spring floats
thunderbolts today
A falling fall leaf
Orange maple leaves
Sitting by flowers
Glued by gravity
Trouble at the trunk
Gnarled persistent tree
Full moon through the trees
All roads out are blocked
Leaden clouds rumble
Opening their hearts
Ball Game
Tilting
To Be a Butterfly
Butterflight
Dream
What To Do
Urge
Arrangements
Illumination





haiga, Lazy snow circles





haiga, Western glow fading





haiga, Who times Time?





haiga, near tilted tombstones





haiga, depth of azure sky





haiga, buy sun





haiga, each leaf





haiga, demagogue





haiga, purpose in life





haiga, if the sun could speak





haiga, musical colors





haiga, mountaintop vision





haiga, silent cathedral





haiga, no smoke rises





haiga, flowers stand sentry





haiga, first sun of spring floats





haiga, thunderbolts today





haiga, a falling fall leaf





haiga, orange maple leaves





haiga, sitting by flowers





haiga, glued by gravity





haiga, trouble at the trunk





haiga, gnarled persistent tree





haiga, full moon through the trees





haiga, all roads out are blocked





haiga, leaden clouds rumble





haiga, opening their hearts





Ball Game

He came home from school and slammed the front door
from habit.
“Mom,” he called.
“Yes?”
“Where's my baseball and bat and glove?’
“I don’t know. You’ll have to look for them.”
“Okay.” 

He rummaged in the kitchen closet for a minute or two
then walked heavily across the kitchen.

“Did you find them?” he heard from upstairs.
“Yes, Mom.  Thanks.”

He walked out the back door empty-handed
and walked due north for what seemed to be
two or three hours.

He kept his path as straight as he could
and climbed over fences
and other obstacles.
He even swam across a creek or two—
or waded, one.

He sort of flapped his arms and sort of flew up
above the whole town and sort of looked around
and was glad that he could fly and no one else could.

But then all of a sudden
the novelty sort of fell off the whole thing

so he flew down
and landed in the back yard
and walked into the house
and slammed the back door sort of hard

and she said
did you have a good game
and he said yes.





Tilting

When fall falls in,
Nature's eyes grow dimmer
into the sleep of winter.
Does anyone think to ask "Why?"

Oh, you say, the earth's axis is
23 degrees tilted, and as it
revolves around the sun,
the seasons cycle.

But why 23 degrees?
What tipped the earth?

Are people tipped 23 degrees inside,
causing hot and cold emotions?
Are our dreams for the future
tipped 23 degrees from coming true?
Does our day tip 23 degrees
before evening?

Nothing seems exact on this
physical plane, nor is it
exact on the mental plane.

Exact triangles are hollow.
Exact circles become spirals.
If I try to think straight,
I'm about 23 degrees off,
tipped to the side by self.

But whatever created 23 degrees,
bless fall and its beautiful falling in.





To Be a Butterfly






Butterflight

A new monarch
just out of its cocoon
flits over the yard
over the city park
over sweet marigolds 
over two boys playing catch
over a white-haired man
working on his 1966 Chevy
over an Amway salesman
with his bulging briefcase

back and fitfully forth
dodging into a rose bush
sipping necessary nectar
flying quickly up again
over lawns and fences

never to be seen twice
by surprised admirers
along its jerky flight
to a final destination
farther away than
anyone can imagine





Dream

The universe turns
   over in its sleep and dreams
      a trillion "big bangs."





What To Do

Place your center
in the Center—
the who-most
of your core
in the God-most
of the Cosmos
for the Now-most
of Forever.





Urge

From ego-egg of
   separateness we someday
      hatch because we must.





Arrangements

Dogs fuss with their beds—
   people take out mortgages—
      for a place to sleep.





Illumination

Full moon through the trees
   reflects the Lord of Being—
      some just think it's neat.



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