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International Women’s Haiku Festival: Two Haiku by Caroline Skanne

#Haiku Happenings #5: Jennifer Hambrick presents two of Caroline Skanne‘s haiku for the International Women’s Haiku Festival!

Inner Voices

Maggie Stephens - snowy twigsPhoto: Maggie Stephens/Creative Commons/Flickr

Observations of a child at play and an exploration of the wounds that haunt us find voice in two beautiful haiku by Caroline Skanne.

a child hums . . .
adding more blue
to the summer sky

This haiku captures a beautiful moment of contentment and creativity in all its simplicity and wonder. A child paints a picture of a warm summer day, happily humming along. And just when you think this moment could not be more perfect, the child, in the full power of his innocence, makes the sky a deeper, truer blue, placing his handiwork, and even himself, firmly in connection with nature. The poem is written with almost journalistic detachment, as though by a parent observing her child at play, but the warmth of the scene itself fills the heart with joy.

twisted hazel
so many secrets
so many scars


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