Six Takes on ‘Zest’

Haiku Heights
The first line of each haiku or senryu below is taken from “Falling” by James Dickey.

in many places
the former zest has vanished
replaced by ennui
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
there are the waters
brimming with zest and healing—
let us take the plunge
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
rich farmers counting
their flourishing fields and flocks—
in their fingers, zest
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Enlarging the moon—
zest for the impossible
keeps her young at heart.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
all over Kansas
cicadas calling with zest—
sibilant music
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Let her now take off
her tattered garment of zest
and put on ennui.

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More We Write Poems: NaPoWriMo #30
More The April Heights: “Zest”

Posted on April 29, 2012, in haiku, Haiku Heights, NaPoWriMo, senryu, The April Heights 2012, We Write Poems. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Loved the second one a lot! Cheers 🙂
    Shades of human mind – A Haiku

  2. Once again deep and wonderful with different views. Thank you for the beautiful thoughts, Magical Mystical Teacher.

  3. “zest for the impossible
    keeps her young at heart.”,,superlike!

  4. I must say that your writing has been spectacular and productive this month long.

    I like this set, specially the zest for the impossible ~

    Happy journeys ~

  5. “Zest” and “ennui” wander beautifully in tandem through these haiku!

  6. This needs a L♥ve button…great post.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  7. Great idea of adopting the opening lines and progressing from there. MMT! The haiku set is wonderful.

    “there are the waters
    brimming with zest and healing—
    let us take the plunge”

    This indicates to me that we can take some calculated risks in life!


  8. Thank you for all your nice comments and your contributions to the Haiku Heights April Challenge MMT

  9. I love these zesty haiku offerings. Well done!

  10. I like the zest and ennui contrasts. And “enlarging the moon” – just lovely.


  11. Like ‘enlarging the moon’ ~ all great ~ So good to get to ‘know you’ ~ Hope to see you on Saturday HH ^_^ ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

  12. sibilant music, enlarging the moon, and zest for the impossible!!!! 😀

    It’s been a great day of zest ~~ and a wonderful journey of Haiku throughout the month. Thank you for sharing!! Happy week — Happy May!!
    Day 30 ~~ Captured Hearts

  13. “enlarging the moon…” I love that. The way you brought your haiku around full circle is so effective. It’s been a pleasure to read your haiku during the month. You have a talent for this. Thanks for your visits to mine.

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