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Haikai Challenge #140 (5/21/20): Memorial Day

#Haiku Happenings #2: Jade Li’s latest #tanka sequence for my current #haikai challenge!

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Breeze sways
spattered poppies
long after the sniper
is gone —
dark falls on a corpse.

*

Ravaged meat
in a box:
Special Delivery.
Worms finish
what maggots started.

*

He watches her kneel
in the wet grass
at his grave,
crying for herself
in her long black veil.

*

Three nights she dreams
of red sands and blue eyes.
On the fourth day, they come
in uniforms,
hats in their hands.

*

He’s a ghost father
to a stranger,
the infant he watches;
dying again
when the man dons a uniform.

“Martha” is written and performed by Greg Miller.  The song is on Dutch Henry’s album, “1973.”

In honor of the fallen.

Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says:
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to Memorial Day.

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