Eager Fur

 

eager fur

laced with dew and shreds of red

on the bedroom floor

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This poem was written for Carpe Diem Special #119, Tomas Tranströmer’s 5th “a wild boar plays the organ”, in which Chèvrefeuille asked us to write a fairytale-like haiku in response to one by Tranströmer. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. For some reason, I feel like pairing this poem with Girls Talk by Elvis Costello, so here it is.
 

In This Absence

 

In this absence

Of a particular pulse

The moonlight drags ghosts

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This poem was written for Carpe Diem Special #118, Tomas Tranströmer’s fourth “in time with the moon”, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here.

Loud Clang

 

Loud clang of goodnight

And the sky’s dusty taste –

Explain romance to me

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This poem was written for Carpe Diem Special #117, Tomas Tranströmer’s 3rd “a mother of stone”, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. As for the song, a friend of mine once trod on Nick Cave’s foot; it was a complete accident, but he was so riled by the incident that he went on to write lots of angry songs. And this is one of the best.

Skeletons of Streets

 

Skeletons of streets

When the phosphor of deep frost

And the moon conspire

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This poem was written for Carpe Diem Special #116, Tomas Tranströmer’s “and the frigid sea”, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And to wrap things up in a chilly, romantic fashion, here’s Cat Power.