Haunted By Haiku

Warning to those here for their daily dose of “funny.” Most of these aren’t. Sorry!

My passionate hunt
for humor in the mundane—
a chastening quest.


Vulgar temptation
haunts, tantalizes, prevails—
beats dainty retreat.


Passionate and raw
feelings too painful to root
escape on breached wings.


Integrity fights
a war against temptation—
battles to a draw.


A thought tempts, glimmers,
says “explore me,” then wings off—
never to return.


Marching to the beat
of your own drum may work best
in solo parades.


To those who ask me
how I remember my verse—
that’s what blogs are for.


Thanks to these prompts for their inspiration: Carry On Tuesday, Haiku Heights, Haiku Wednesday, LoL Prompts, One Single Impression, Poetic Asides, Sunday Scribblings, and Three Word Wednesday.

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34 Responses to “Haunted By Haiku”

  1. Versebender says:

    well, some were funny…all were good. Admire haiku…can’t do it myself, perhaps why I find it fascinating. vb

  2. Sheilagh Lee says:

    marvelous haikus.I loved them

  3. Rallentanda says:

    Pithy and succinct..great haikus…I like divas, so 6 is my favourite.. maybe good advice for the brass section:)

    a crash to the head
    from trumpets blasting Wagner
    oboist now deaf

    tinnitus is rife
    in an orchestral life with
    brass behind woodwind

  4. Olivia says:

    You have some way with words!

    Maddy Dear,
    You have expressed it very well!
    Those small pieces were connecting to give out a fine verse..

    Hugs xx

  5. WarmSunshine says:

    I liked all of them. I’m just a beginner at haiku’s; you do them wonderfully. I can relate to the last one too! :D

  6. Madeleine,

    I concentrated on the “raw” haiku, since I take one prompt at a time. “Passionate and raw” certainly works in this context. I’ve seen everything from raw meat to “in the raw,” but my favorites are emotions…
    Here’s mine: Raw Nerve
    Thanks! Amy BL

  7. madkane says:

    Thanks so much to all of your for your kind words. And Rallentanda those are delightful musical haiku, and they bring back so painful symphonic memories. :)

  8. David says:

    Never mind the humour, feel the truth.

  9. Nanka says:

    The 2nd and 3rd Haiku’s are both on wings of fire and ‘vulgar temptations’ and ‘raw feelings’ both beat a hasty retreat!!
    Nice ones!

  10. madkane says:

    Thanks for your kind comments!

  11. Oh, Madeleine, these are so lovable! I can’t pick up a favorite. Maybe the one about the “solo parade”… And you are quite right about
    “how I remember my verse—
    that’s what blogs are for.”
    I really find difficulties keeping track of my own verse, anyway, so thank goodness for blogs which replace the good old journal :-)
    It’s been such a pleasure reading! Thanks for sharing!

  12. madkane says:

    Thanks so much Mariya. So glad you like them and could relate!

  13. Each haiku seems to be a glimpse of inner sensitivities! Thoughtfuk and beautiful! Especially love the idea of following your own drum in a solo parade!

  14. Teri C says:

    Oh I love that second to the last one. So clever.

  15. Amanda Moore says:

    I liked them all but my fave is the March to the beat it is perfect!

  16. ms pie says:

    yes, it is a different place… love the expression of writing and how it reveals a face once hidden…

  17. Ramesh Sood says:

    Myriad colours of
    Winged thoughts painted here, ah
    I sit mesmerised..

    Well done.. and thanks..

  18. Nanka says:

    Love your thoughts don’t let them fly off!! Love your interpretations!!

  19. Kodjo Deynoo says:

    You killed it here, like the frank talk to the reader and then back into the poem and out again, nice work here friend

  20. Harshad says:

    “Integrity fights…..” I think one goes through very often. Is it always draw?

  21. Geraldine says:

    All very clever. A lot of truth in your words too.

  22. lisa says:

    As always friend, your work is wonderful.

  23. Jingle says:

    awesome lists..

  24. That is indeed what blogs are for. I wonder can they help in any way to satisfy the muse in the first place?

  25. madkane says:

    Thanks so much to all of you for your enthusiasm. And thanks Ramesh for your haiku!

  26. Tammie says:

    I enjoyed the perceptions you have shared in your passionate poetry.

  27. May be not funny, but very inspirational. Have a blessed week :)

  28. Margo Benson says:

    Thank you for all of these – I especially like marching to your own beat!

  29. Nanka says:

    Great sets of Haiku’s and liked the idea of integrity at war with temptation!!

    Have a great day!!

  30. Hey, great sets! You know, you’ve got a bunch of haiku-ing friends here. Bring them along with you next time! We love to get fresh faces and ideas in our haiku community!

  31. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your lovely comments!

  32. Vinay says:

    I can relate to that forgotten wings of thought.. happens too often for me, just back after trying to chase down some thoughts that flew away :)

  33. madkane says:

    Thanks, Vinay. Alas, it happens to me way too often. :)