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HEEDING HAIKU WITH HA: TO DERIVE INSPIRATION FROM POETRY # 3

I haven’t heard from Anmol but I decided to put up a haiku challenge in keeping with his new series. Sorry for the delay. The short story prompt will be posted right after this one but I wanted to keep them in order to avoid unnecessary confusion.

 

In the sky there is nobody asleep. Nobody, nobody.
Nobody is asleep.
The creatures of the moon sniff and prowl about their cabins.
The living iguanas will come and bite the men who do not dream,
and the man who rushes out with his spirit broken will meet on the
street corner
the unbelievable alligator quiet beneath the tender protest of the
stars.

Nobody is asleep on earth. Nobody, nobody.
Nobody is asleep.
In a graveyard far off there is a corpse
who has moaned for three years
because of a dry countryside on his knee;
and that boy they buried this morning cried so much
it was necessary to call out the dogs to keep him quiet.

Life is not a dream. Careful! Careful! Careful!
We fall down the stairs in order to eat the moist earth
or we climb to the knife edge of the snow with the voices of the dead
dahlias.
But forgetfulness does not exist, dreams do not exist;
flesh exists. Kisses tie our mouths
in a thicket of new veins,
and whoever his pain pains will feel that pain forever
and whoever is afraid of death will carry it on his shoulders.

One day
the horses will live in the saloons
and the enraged ants
will throw themselves on the yellow skies that take refuge in the
eyes of cows.

Another day
we will watch the preserved butterflies rise from the dead
and still walking through a country of gray sponges and silent boats
we will watch our ring flash and roses spring from our tongue.
Careful! Be careful! Be careful!
The men who still have marks of the claw and the thunderstorm,
and that boy who cries because he has never heard of the invention
of the bridge,
or that dead man who possesses now only his head and a shoe,
we must carry them to the wall where the iguanas and the snakes
are waiting,
where the bear’s teeth are waiting,
where the mummified hand of the boy is waiting,
and the hair of the camel stands on end with a violent blue shudder.

Nobody is sleeping in the sky. Nobody, nobody.
Nobody is sleeping.
If someone does close his eyes,
a whip, boys, a whip!
Let there be a landscape of open eyes
and bitter wounds on fire.
No one is sleeping in this world. No one, no one.
I have said it before.

No one is sleeping.
But if someone grows too much moss on his temples during the
night,
open the stage trapdoors so he can see in the moonlight
the lying goblets, and the poison, and the skull of the theaters.

Federico García Lorca

About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded.

11 comments on “HEEDING HAIKU WITH HA: TO DERIVE INSPIRATION FROM POETRY # 3

  1. Bastet
    June 5, 2014

    Interesting poem…now how to “haiku” it!

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  3. brian miller
    June 5, 2014

    ah lorca, very nice…

    hope amnol is ok, perhaps it is just his exams keeping him away.

    • mindlovemisery
      June 5, 2014

      I hope so too Brian he always gives notice

      • Bastet
        June 6, 2014

        Any word from HA?

  4. Oloriel
    June 5, 2014

    This is my favourite from Lorca, shortening it almost feels like desecrating it, but I think I’m gonna give it a try!

    • anmol(alias HA)
      June 7, 2014

      To everyone, I apologize for my inability to post the prompt and stay in touch this week, due to faulty internet connection.
      Thank you, Yves, for the wonderful prompt. 🙂

  5. anmol(alias HA)
    June 7, 2014

    To everyone, I apologize for my inability to post the prompt and stay in touch this week, due to faulty internet connection.
    Thank you, Yves, for the wonderful prompt. 🙂

    • mindlovemisery
      June 7, 2014

      You are most welcome Anmol we are all just happy to hear you are okay!

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