Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Things We Face

Money The Decider's face
stared down, admonishing us
-"Go shopping! Buy! Spend!"
(apologies to George Orwell)

United States Behind the scarred face,
was the boy she always knew
-her son, war hero.

Tombstone After she had died,
I saw her face everywhere
-god, the lonliness.

For One Single Impression

Murphy's Haiku will return on Tuesday








22 comments:

maekitso said...

I enjoyed this interesting switch between faces.

me ann my camera said...

Your last verse brought tears.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks, Edward. I found the second one especially gripping. To have a son so close and yet so far away. And vulnerable...

lissa said...

the last one's heartbreaking, loneliness seeps in without a word, hopefully the memories will stay to chase some loneliness away

zoya gautam said...

..tenderly poignant.. beautiful..Thank U..

Raven said...

The last two are both deeply moving. The first taps into my shame at what my country now stands for and that we have let a moron have so much power for so long. The second speaks to that moron too and makes me angry and sad both.

The third speaks so purely to the pain of loss and the process of grief.

All three excellent.

storyteller said...

Wonderful haiku all ... the last 'resonates' most deeply with me today.
Hugs and blessings,

Deborah Godin said...

A wonderful trio of different "faces," and some great wisdom!

Pam said...

I always enjoy reading your perspective on the prompts. Such creativity in each of them.

gautami tripathy said...

You always take us to another heights. I love visiting you!

weed it out

SandyCarlson said...

Hi, Edward,
Your prompt "folly" comes up this week at OSI. Would you send me a poem and an image by Wednesday so I can prepare this post for next week? I will be away on vacation from Thursday and would like to have this all set.

God bless.

karen crone said...

The things we face...
Sometimes it amazes me that we still open our eyes and walk through.
You made my chest swell.
thanks,
Karen

spacedlaw said...

Excellent use of the prompt.

one more believer said...

the decider... great term!!.. ouch, are we lead by the nose so easily... war definitely leaves a scar on a face once filled with youth... the death of a loved one is terribly painful and you have hit the mark on that one!... we forget sometimes abt the faces you have revealed here... thank you

WillThink4Wine said...

From light-hearted to bittersweet and finishing with deep sorrow. Faces worn by many. I enjoyed your haiku immensely, Edward.

I'm looking forward to next week's prompt, suggested by you! My sister is already struggling with it! ;)

tumblewords said...

Overwhelming! The decider certainly cast his pall over the world. These faces are indelibly inked. Thank you!

gardenpath said...

Three good ones, Edward.
Could be called Sad, Sadder, Saddest.

April said...

I was touched by the eloquence and sadness of your poetry.

teric said...

Really powerful words here. Sad but true.

Raven's Wing Poetry said...

I like how you connected all three 'kus to the prompt. The last one especially was touching.

-Nicole

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