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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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