December Haiku

Red Apples

walking through the old
orchard, the scent of apples —
i am but a child

 

Image: © 2019 Nino Chakvetadze, reproduced with permission.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The leaves are falling off the trees…
Here goes Another one!
Folks bundle up so they won’t freeze…
Oh, No! The summer’s gone.
Where does the summer spend the fall?
Where does it go, you Know?
I miss it So, the heat and all…
But wait! How ‘bout the snow?
I love that stuff! It makes me Grin
when I look up and let
the fluffy flakes fall on my chin
and tongue…no, not just yet —
I’ll Visit, where’s that place you say
where now the summer stays?
But I can’t go till in the snow
I’ve played for days and days…
No, I can’t Go till in the snow
I’ve played for days and days!

 

© 2018 Sasha A. Palmer

Image: Nancy McRae from Pixabay

Behind the Closed Doors

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Planned Parenthood

Maybe her parents seek her
Maybe they sold her
To the pimp who’s peddling her now —
No questions asked
In the soundproof office
“No judgement, no sharing of information”
“For someone who is a minor
That’s a really good option”
“Minors are always accepted
Without parental consent”

 

An excerpt from CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO U.S. FEDERAL LAW ON THE PROSTITUTION OF CHILDREN: Section 1591 applies equally to American children (U.S. citizens or residents) who are prostituted within the United States, as well as foreign nationals (persons not a U.S. citizen or resident) who are brought into the United States and are then caused to engage in prostitution. The law also criminalizes any person who conspires or attempts to commit this crime.

If the victim was under the age of 14 or if force, fraud, or coercion were used, the penalty is not less than 15 years in prison up to life. If the victim was aged 14-17, the penalty shall not be less than 10 years in prison up to life. Anyone who obstructs or attempts to obstruct the enforcement of this statute faces as many as 20 years imprisonment. Defendants who are convicted under this statute are also required to pay restitution to their victims for any losses they caused.

 

Image: Image by Aamir Mohd Khan from Pixabay

Happy November

Old man and boy, autumn, Nino's art

Keep this November
with its farewell cry
of wild geese flocks
against the ashen sky,
with rusty gold
beneath the shaking trees,
the smoky air
the rain —
pick all of these
small tales of autumn
that will soon depart,
press them between
the pages of your heart.

For this day too
will join the leaving skein
of days that were,
will never be again.

 

© 2013 Sasha A. Palmer

Image: © 2017 Nino Chakvetadze, reproduced with permission.

Gotta Be

Christ Mocked

Kanye sings
JESUS IS KING
It is 2019
Gotta be austere
To be popular
Gotta be a scholar
Not a carpenter
But the branch broke
And it wouldn’t heal
Till he woke up
Until he kneeled
He’s got the armor now
He will make it
When it’s real it shines
You can’t fake it
It’s in your words
Deeds
Your face
Gotta be
In a state of Grace

Listen: Selah

Image credit: Unidentified artist, Hieronymus Bosch. Christ Mocked. Opaque water-based pigmented and gold paint with black ink on parchment; graphite (estimate) underdrawing. Overall: 6 1/16 x 4 11/16 in. (15.4 x 11.9 cm). Barnes Foundation BF760. No Known Copyright.

All Hallows’ Eve (seadna poem)

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All Hallows’ Eve

Dark shadows creep from far away
Beware of the falling night
Put on your armor, child, prepare
To fight, persevere in plight

 

This short poem is my attempt at seadna. It seemed fitting to try an Irish poetic form on Halloween that has its roots in Celtic culture.

Happy Halloween!

Here are the (somewhat complicated) guidelines for writing a seadna:

  • Quatrain (or four-line) stanzas
  • Eight syllables in lines one and three; seven syllables in lines two and four
  • Lines one and three end with a 2-syllable word; lines two and four end with a one-syllable word
  • Lines two and four end rhyme with each other
  • The final word of the first line alliterates with the first stressed word of the second line
  • The third line rhymes with the stressed word preceding the last word of the stanza…
  • …and all three of those words alliterate with each other

Give it a go.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

 

Would You? (poem)

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Would you let me kill you
because you’re small,
black,
white,
missing the right
genes,
because you fall
short of what I expect,
because I detect
no use in your existence,
because you’re young,
old,
frail,
show no resistance,
because you’re a child,
a woman,
a man?
Would you let me kill you
because I can?

 

“Promote the value of all life, regardless of stage of development, race, age, gender, or ability.” 

 

Image by debowscyfoto from Pixabay

Happy October

Going to school, autumn, Nino's art

Holy is this fall
with its sparkling leaves
coming down on us
from the maple trees.
With its dazzling smile
midst the clouds of gray
holy is this sun…
Blessed is this day.

Carpe diem, friend,
for they come and fleet—
yester days and leaves—
dust beneath our feet.
While today is here
let us simply be.
Carpe diem, come,
catch this day with me.

 

© 2013 Sasha A. Palmer

Image: © 2018 Nino Chakvetadze, reproduced with permission.