Haiku My Heart: 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 a five-syllable phrase taken from poems in Rich’s book Midnight Salvage.

you get up and go
when the wild places call you—
the blankets are thin
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
I wanted to go
where no one had gone before—
a door creaked open.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
drink from thick tumblers
oceans of sweet mango juice
tell me what happens
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Would it gladden you
to know that I have written
seven songs for you?
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
All I wanted was
fragments of loaves and fishes
gathered from the feast.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Are you so afraid
the mermaids cannot save you
that you shun the sea?

Text and photo (Northern Arizona) © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on March 30, 2012, in Adrienne Rich, Arizona, haiku, Haiku My Heart, Himmelsk, Northern Arizona, Sky Watch Friday. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Magical seven, each starting with randomly chosen (yeah right) words and jumping off into oceans of spraying love foam. Oh yeah, I liked them 🙂

  2. A great tribute! They are all terrific, the second one resonates with me. ..step through the door.

  3. I like the dead tree on the reddish earth with the cerulean blue sky above. Wonderful composition. Lovely haiku, too!

  4. I hadn’t realized she passed. Adrienne Rich helped me through my teenage angst.
    A pure and thoughtful tribute. Thank you.
    And I am sure it would gladden her to know….

  5. Adrianne is singing with those mermaids… a feast here, these haiku…

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