Six Songs of Joy: for Adrienne Rich

Poet Adrienne Rich died at her home in Santa Cruz, California on Tuesday, 27 March 2012. Each haiku or senryu below begins with five syllables taken from poems in Rich’s book Midnight Salvage.

in the motel room
seven crickets sing for joy
empty bed tonight
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Who would not applaud
the plum tree’s raucous blooming?
Curmudgeons, perhaps.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
your upstairs hideout
a den of budding writers
scribbling songs of joy
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
In the beige notebook
write only words that matter—
even broken ones.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
In her new language
she sings of running naked
through the April rain.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
fresh from the freeway
she pours a cup of coffee
fumbling for the cream

Text © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on March 29, 2012, in Adrienne Rich, haiku, Haiku My Heart, senryu, Share the Joy Thursday. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Brilliant, brilliant tribute!

  2. Wonderfully informative post ~thanks, namaste, ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

  3. Wonderful … leaves me in awe

  4. Great tribute. Your passages create heartache for the loss of a creative soul.

    Peace to those that mourn the passing

  5. This is a great tribute to Adrienne Rich! The haikus are also very good in their own write. I am glad I got a chance to see them 🙂

  6. What a brilliant and creative way to honor Adrienne Rich. Her poetry meant so much to me in a transition time so many years ago.

  7. You and only you…

  8. I did not know… but your haiku makes me want to go and reach for old and familiar books with her name upon the spine… beautifully done, I will look for her in the Spring rain to come…

  9. Inspiring… as I go in search of Adrienne Rich, her writings, and my own mattering words (broken or faltering though they may be).

  10. beautiful tribute…my heart is heavy with so much death…but this lifts it a bit.

  11. so thoughtful and lovely!

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