Out on a Limb Haiku Quintet

Though I’m never safe,
his arms always comfort me,
and that must suffice.


Ballroom dancing class—
learning creative ways to
defeat the rumba.


Morning legs dangle
off the bed, as antique joints
brace for their touch down.


Feeling elated—
great, yet dampened by knowing
what’s soon to follow.


Poised atop mirage
of a career, gazing down
at life left behind.


(I wrote the 1st haiku for We Write Poems’ safe prompt; the 4th haiku for Sensational Haiku Wednesday’s elation prompt; and the 5th haiku for One Single Impression’s top prompt and Haiku Heights’ mirage prompt.)

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32 Responses to “Out on a Limb Haiku Quintet”

  1. Travis says:

    That third one…I know the feeling well.

  2. madkane says:

    The joys of aging. :)

  3. trisha says:

    fabulous quintet- the first one is sweetest, thats a lot in life.

  4. Matthew says:

    I related to them progressively more and more as I read down from 1-5…

  5. Nanka says:

    Each was a topper
    The center one took the cake
    Delightful Quintets

    Very enjoyable!!

  6. Margo Benson says:

    I like all of these and love the image of defeating the rumba!

  7. Ina says:

    All 5 are great haiku’s, what a beautiful blog you have!

  8. barbara says:

    I don’t read haiku often so/and/because they usually disturb me. Why MUST suffice?
    The joint thing. Well aquainted. That dangle can be as chancy as the landing.

  9. Nice set! “Defeat the Rumba” made me smile :)

    Glad to have you aboard, Mad ;)

  10. pamela says:

    I love all 5 Madeleine. I can totally relate to the ballroom
    dancing, as, I just finished a salsa class. In a class with
    a group of Latin Americans can be quite defeating for a


  11. I loved every one of these. Each in their different ways rang bells with me.

  12. Jim says:

    These are all very nice, Mad. :) I like each.

    You dancing verses remind me of January a year ago when I was taking dance lessons aboard a cruise ship. The teacher was also the dance performer dancer for entertainment.

    I was having some trouble and she spotted me. She was the lightest girl I have ever danced with. She knew where it was that I wanted to go without me even leading her there.
    Oh yes, she was Russian.

  13. Jim says:

    And I will never forget her or dancing with her.

  14. RiA says:

    The third one describes me every morning.

  15. madkane says:

    Thanks so much to all of you for your enthusiastic comments! And your verse.

  16. wayne says:

    thanks for these madkane…..nicely done and enjoyed your words

  17. Hi Mad

    I absolutely loved all of these haiku – the wordcraft, the imagination, the little wry smiles and the unexpected spin.

    Great stuff. Thank you


  18. madkane says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words wayne and Dominic!

  19. I can relate to the “antique joints.” This is my first time at your blog, found you at We Write Poems and very glad I stopped by. Haiku is an elusive art form, and you certainly have the knack! Thanks, and peace, Amy Barlow Liberatore Safe Havens

  20. Teresa says:

    What an interesting series.

  21. ms pie says:

    it was funny to feel the response to each… laughing, sighing, nodding, agreeing… all these emotions… good writing madkane… shows a different dimension to yr limerick writing… as if meeting another sister… great to see you joining the osi prompt….

  22. madkane says:

    Thanks so much for your enthusiastic words Sharp Little Pencil, Teresa, And Ms Pie!

  23. Just great. I loved them alll.


  24. lena says:

    Great series of haiku. the first is my favorite.

  25. Leo says:

    wish life would not get left behind in pursuit of a career, Madeleine.. its just not right.. nice set of haikus, and all were very nice to read.. :)

  26. Tumblewords says:

    Excellent series…a lot of life written in them.

  27. Write Girl says:

    What a winning haiku quintet. I am in awe of your ambitious take on the prompt and I really enjoyed the visit!

  28. madkane says:

    Thanks so much for all your kind words!

  29. Ramesh Sood says:

    Every Haiku shows.. it is beautiful.. do visit my page.. it will be encouraging..yes.. but you may have to move a little for getting to Mirage..

  30. prema says:

    loved the third and the last one….!

  31. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Ramesh and prema!

  32. Iwrite4u says:

    Lovely haiku’s in a row.All unique in their own way.Thanks for participating in Exploring Poetry!