Last Two Haiku’s and More

I made it to the finish line.  30 Haiku’s in 30 days.  They will follow.  It was a wonderful exercise and I may not be the great Haiku artist but I do understand the form.

I have returned again to the book “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo.  The book is about organizing and getting enjoyment out of the things that surround you.  I have re-read the section on paper and am working on cleaning.   I have numerous spiral notebooks because I like to write long hand.  I am going through the notebooks and taking the joy and shredding the rest.  I call this “The Dig”.

I am also going through old paperwork and have unearthed some old poems.  I am going to post two of them.  The poems are non-apologetically unedited.  The first from my first class in Poetry at LA Valley College in 1972 and the second from a poetry writing spurt in 1995.

But first… Haiku

Day 29

embolden cat leaped

onto the kitchen table

fearless to find food

Day 30

purging sheet music

songs and memories not lost

captive in my heart

 

and now the poems

 

Rainbows

 

Within all of us

Rainbows lie

To find them

Just look closely

Into someone’s eye

The golds of love

The purples of desire

The hatred of burgundy

Mixing the yellow of fire

 

Rainbows can’t be seen

From just red to green

It is the reflection of all

From spark to shade

And becomes the place

Where tears are made

 

From love to pain

From freedom to chains

They are the beams of the watchtower

Searching, hour after hour

For the lost ships

Through the foggy sea

Searching for the rainbow

Within me

 

Zack Hoffman

1972

 

Wad this Up

 

Make a list of things to do

and march them to quicksand

Have Michael Jackson tell you

you’re the best Jew in the band

Write letters to your congressman

about your next-door neighbor’s wife

Watch the tube and masturbate

to someone else’s life

The acupuncturist has a needle

to cure your flesh of fear

You’ve been thrown away so many times

it doesn’t seem so queer.

 

Zack Hoffman

July 1995

Zack Hoffman 2017

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