clear moon on cold night traveler without shelter shadows walk on snow
clouds part as rain slows garden seen under new light stepping carefully
empty tree branches silhouetted in the mist moon wakes as fog clears
high above river eagle soaring on updraft cedar clings to cliff
stars bow to rainfall leaves drink in welcome relief hope alive in dreams
the path of water journey of many unknowns each drop returning
Ken Gierke started writing poetry in his forties but found new focus when he retired. This gave him new perspectives, which come out in his poetry, primarily in free verse and haiku. He has been published at The Ekphrastic Review, Vita Brevis, Tuck Magazine, and Eunoia Review. His website: RIVRVLOGR
quilted clouds steel gray so dreary makes me weary menace in the skies
the skies predict moods blissful thoughts within my grasp I applaud nature
bare trees sway wildly fragile limbs weak and timid timber plentiful
noise assaults the air crows convoked a committee gossips voice concerns
Eugi’s Causerie – I enjoyed a dedicated career in the insurance industry for over 20 years being rewarded both professionally and personally. Now it’s time for me to follow my dreams by doing things I enjoy…spending time with family, traveling, writing poetry and encouraging others to pursue their goals.
Editor’s note: The following haiku and senryu are the very first pieces to be showcased here on The Short of It. I’m thrilled with the response so far and hope to publish these exclusive pieces frequently! For those interested, please keep them coming! And please do share the submission guidelines with individuals who you know enjoy writing micro-poetry or very concise stories and wish for some recognition of their work! Thanks!
’Pon Love’s carousel Life’s tragic symphonies played Many broken hearts
As Wild Horses Run
As wild horses run The blithe spirit in his soul Sets him ever free
Searching for release Unhinged in dreams’ dark madness Finding no escape
Goff James is a grumpy eccentric who, in the darkness of night, plays with words and tries to write poetry. His work displays an interest in that which can be seen and unseen, that which is heard and unheard and all those things that go unnoticed in between.