Thursday, November 13, 2014

HAIKU HAIHU


Five, seven & five
Less is more when you count them.
The hand holds the words.


We manically count
syllables to make haiku
refrigerators!


Left-handed counter-
feit words to convey meaning—
syllabic hand jive.

Versus dexterous:
all water under the bridge
is a sinister current.

Counting syllables
is silly; Japanese count
words, not syllables.


Anglo Saxon words
paint a much broader canvas
than Latinate ones.


Polysyllabic
words too cumbersome to count
English albatross.


To sleep bilingual
with hands signing in ASL
a transmission of tongues.


Archipelago
of words tangles the eyeteeth
of haiku thought poems.

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