301 Bent Haiku
All these babies are seriously bent. Unlike the Japanese variety, which by tradition are properly centered (5-7-5), American haiku lean to the right (5-5-7), regardless of whatever else they may say or do. Neocons of the world, disunite!
I had a little shadow that used to follow me
It was always very faithful
Friend for life it seemed to be
Dedicated to my cause and mine alone.
All wise, all knowing, and all dead
Do you know what people said?
When they laid you in your bed?
Blue Sky High
In the heavens the stars were dressed
in rich fulfilling hues of grace,
parroting the orb of space.
The Rambling Rose
The rambling rose foreswears the dexterous stopping,
unaligned and unperturbed she rolls;
safely, swiftly dropping to a landing within reach,
she blushed and sighed unto my hand unfolds.
Two spooky podcast poems made available by Gnashing Teeth on October 31, 2020. The first is a cinquain about possession.
The second is a haiku about the weirdness of love.
Graphic images provided separately by visual artists and matched to specific poems by the editors at Gnashing Teeth Publishing.