Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku II
Welcome to Bill Waters ~~ NOT Haiku, part two! This is my blog-within-a-blog, a page where I can share some of my non-haiku-related writing — micromemoir, rhyming and unrhyming verse, “found poetry”, and more. I hope you enjoy it! :- )
S is for . . . smoke
I was out for a drive on a sunny November morning, and I was five cars behind a big dump truck. We were all moving down a narrow tree-lined road, and as the truck driver shifted up through the gears, clouds of exhaust came blasting out of his muffler. All that pollution! I set my ventilation system to internal as the bluish haze expanded — above the cars, above the truck, above the trees. And then I noticed the sunbeams: long, slanting shafts of light among the bare branches. Without the smoke, I couldn’t have seen those sunbeams; without the darkness, I wouldn’t have seen the light.
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Published in Lost Paper (http://lostpaper.blogspot.com/2021/07/s-is-for.html), 7/16/21.
Swimming to Byzantium: A Parody
If you haven’t heard of “Sailing to Byzantium”, a poem by the late, great William Butler Yeats, I’m willing to bet you’ve heard — somewhere — the first line of that poem:
This is no country for old men.
If so, you’ll appreciate a parody of Yeats’s poem that begins “This is no country for old fish.” LOL! It was inspired by a painting of the same name by my artist-colleague Lorette C. Luzajic.
1 This is no country for old fish. Too easily netted or hooked, we gasp for air, lying in a dish while waiting to be cooked. 2 An elderly fish is a thing of pity — fins without vigor, tails without much swish or zing. Young fish are stronger (though not bigger). 3 Sage, thyme, and God’s holy fire will usher me out of this life. A brazier shall be my pyre; my priestess shall be a fishwife. 4 Goodbye, Bosporus! I take leave and ascend with the scented smoke! Free of my body, I will not grieve; an old fish is but a bitter joke.
Swimming to Byzantium, by Lorette C. Luzajic.
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Published in MacQueen’s Quinterly (http://www.macqueensquinterly.com/MacQ8/Waters-Swimming.aspx), 6/12/21.
For the text of “Sailing to Byzantium”, by William Butler Yeats: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43291/sailing-to-byzantium.
For information about Lorette C. Luzajic: https://www.mixedupmedia.ca/about.html.
’Twas brillig on that fateful day the vorpal blade went snicker-snack. The Jabberwock quite lost its head; the hero went galumphing back.
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Published in Nonsense Verse, an anthology from the venerable Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia, June 2021.
For information on the Moonstone Arts Center: https://moonstoneartscenter.org/moonstone-history/.