Seven Photographs


In the photograph
we are planting apple trees—
ten years till harvest.
~~ ~~ ~~
She writes poetry
on the photograph’s edges—
concupiscent rhymes.
~~ ~~ ~~
In the photograph
your bed is on fire, but you
nap contentedly.
~~ ~~ ~~
I carry with me
my grandmother’s photograph—
content with her scowl.
~~ ~~ ~~
I don’t remember
why I took the photograph—
perhaps the wind knows.
~~ ~~ ~~
She feels stained by grace
when she sees the photograph
of the holy wood.
~~ ~~ ~~
In the photograph
graffiti stains a brick wall,
while old men play chess.

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #298
More Sensational Haiku Wednesday: “Photograph”


Posted on January 9, 2013, in 5-7-5, haiku, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sensational Haiku Wednesday and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. No favorite this time. Your words make me think. Thank you

  2. Wonderful set of haiku on ‘photography’ ~ hard to choose a favorite ~ ..she writes poetry on edge of photograph…lovely visual ~

    (A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^ on Blogger

  3. brilliant contrasts and vivid images!
    and i learned a new word =)

  4. Quite a varied array.
    I do have a favorite.

    I don’t remember
    why I took the photograph—
    perhaps the wind knows.


  5. Awesome … You surprise me each time with the wide varieties of haiku you create … magical indeed !!!

  6. Great. May I use one of them in my pictures?

  7. WOW! Great set – and I learned a new word; concupiscent – how did I get to this age without ever hearing it before I wonder?

    These were great!!

  8. Seven photographs – seven stories – and yet each seem connected like the branches of an apple tree yielding fruit

  9. Almost everybody must have photographs of grandparents scowling it was the effort of keeping still that made them cross plus the age old belief that once the picture was taken a part of your soul was stolen.

  10. Ha, it used to be that ten years didn’t seem like a long time to wait for a harvest. As time goes on, I don’t want to wait ten years. This reminds me of the apple tree I received when I was a child for my birthday. It was not a seedling..but it did take a few years until apples grew. I wonder now if this tree is still standing.

  11. I agree, such a glorious set of haikus 😀

  12. Wonderful images and thoughts about photographs we take or look at…

  13. I like the thought of each haiku being a scene captured on fil,…

  14. the set seems to be a long life journey…photograph strung childhood, youth and old age together…

  15. poetry on the photograph’s edges… that is such a poignant image

  16. “…your bed is on fire, but you
    nap contentedly.”

    Sounds like something my children say about me 🙂

    I am never disappointed visiting your site.

  17. “your bed is on fire, but you
    nap contentedly”

    oh dear….I have known someone like this!!

  18. “I don’t remember
    why I took the photograph—
    perhaps the wind knows.”

    This is my favourite. Great work with the prompt!

  19. Nice photographic set..evocative first with apples and wind caprice – my faves.

  20. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    So inspiring! We don’t even have to see the photos, you have shown them to us so clearly.

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