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NaHaiWriMo 2015: neglect

tumbledown farmhouse . . .

rank with weeds

the family graveyard

NaHaiWriMo 2/28 prompt = neglect.

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  1. Gary Waters on said:

    Bill, this was well written but kind of poignant.

    I understand that what you write about reflects your emotions at the time you are writing, and that your emotional level and incentive to write at the time, will change from time to time, as it should, but I like “Cheerful” best.

    As I get older, touching, forgiveness, compassion, patience, loving, spirituality, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, joyfulness, are the emotional levels I get the most pleasure reading about.

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  2. Thank you for expressing your feelings on your poetic preferences! I totally get it, and I know that as a writer any particular poem of mine will not resonate with every reader… We’re all where we’re at in this crazy journey of life, and I’m glad you’re at a place where you don’t especially “relate” to poetry with a pang. :- )

    I’d like to reassure you that although the NaHaiWriMo prompt “neglect” stirred me to write about a sense of loss and the passage of time, I was tapping more into general human feelings than into my own personal experiences (although I must add that unfortunately it seems people have been passing away at a brisk rate this winter).

    So…why write sad poems at all? One reason that I would give is that for some readers a poem such as this one might provide a bit of catharsis — a form of inoculation against things looming, perhaps, in their own lives. There can be a kind of strength to be gained not in imagining sad situations just to feel sad, of course, but in allowing such a situation (whether factual or fictionalized) to touch our own humanity.

    And third, there is the matter of Japanese aesthetics in which beauty is sought for among aspects of life that may on the surface seem bleak. Not all of the haiku I write incorporate those aesthetics, though, and it’s the poems without the qualities of what’s called wabi and sabi that I think you prefer — which is fine. :- )

    and one red leaf
    ride the icy water


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