Two-line haiku

This entry is part 28 of 37 in the series Bridge to Nowhere: poems at mid-life


A sudden waft of perfume at 1:00 a.m.:
night-blooming cereus.


Six hours of broken sleep.
I wake to find a web across my door.


I eat the good half of a hairy peach
as quickly as I can.


Distant tropical storm.
A small flock of migrants gusts around the yard.


Above the blue-and-while dogwood berries,
a blue-and-white warbler.

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35 Replies to “Two-line haiku”

  1. I misread one line three times – substituting “migrant gusts” for “flock of migrants gusts”. Either works, although I rather like the thought of even the winds migrating.

    Your cereus reminds me – my cereus monstrouse bloomed in July after ten years of just sitting in its pot. One a.m. seems to be the time, regardless of variety.

    1. That was a good misreading! I guess I didn’t write that because I’d already mined the thought for yesterday’s Morning Porch entry, but probably it was still influencing me.

      I’m not sure what variety I have, but blooming twice in two months is quite a surprise!

  2. I eat the good half of a hairy peach as quickly as I can.

    The reason why haiku require no punctuation is that one is not writing a sentence. A good way to check a haiku entry (stanza) is to put it in one-line and a sentence will show itself.

    The above is not a good example of a haiku no matter the line options one used.

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