New York Haiku, Legal Haiku, And Tanka Too

Excited tourists
stop and stare, awed by Times Square —
forget they have feet.


Sleepless, hollow eyes
gaze at legal opinions,
but see student loans.


Windy documents
written to persuade judges —
endless legal briefs.


Libraries, once hushed,
quiet playgrounds of the mind,
kept calm and silent
by strict ground rules, now drown thought
in playground cacophony.


(Thanks for these four prompts: New York, hollow, paradox, and hush. Posted at Monday Memories.)

Update: April 21st is Thank You For Libraries Day.

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26 Responses to “New York Haiku, Legal Haiku, And Tanka Too”

  1. dustus says:

    Love how your sense of humor shines through your stanzas. I especially like your haiku, especially the final lines in your first two stanzas—read them also as excellent punchlines. Thanks for joining Friday Poetically today!

  2. Pen says:

    Great stuff. These forms are ones I find so tricky and you make them look easy, the sign of a pro.

  3. Mama Zen says:

    I love all of these!

  4. brian says:

    ah forget your feet and you will get run over here…lol. and ouch on student loans…

  5. A neat package of images! Love the idea of “windy documents” – a little hush and a little bite!

  6. tolbert says:

    Great sense of humor…I love the sight of gawking tourists forgetting they have feet! And the endless briefs! Last attorney I knew with endless briefs showed up in court in his long underwear…life happens. Good work here!

  7. Ella says:

    I love these, so much reflection in all of these! Truly great images you have painted~

  8. Ramesh Sood says:

    Delight to be here.. so much learning.. thanks!!!

  9. Enjoyed them – and so true about students and libraries.

  10. Kodjo Deynoo says:

    I loved your poem, the areas talked about
    the image drawn, beautiful

  11. christine says:

    quiet playground of the mind…really liked this image.

  12. Teri C says:

    All kinds of great images and thoughts. So wonderfully done.

  13. Lisa says:

    Lovely set of prose. Thanks again for sharing.

  14. Amanda Moore says:

    really like the last it has an ominous feeling to it!

  15. madkane says:

    Thanks so much to all of you for your supportive comments!

  16. JTS says:

    A wonderful collection of memories recent and distant! I liked them all very much – enjoying the “real life” stance your poetry takes. The contrast of the last one was my favorite! Thank you for sharing on Monday Memories!

  17. JL Dodge says:

    You have had quite a life Mad, Each of these tells a story all there own, well done X4 LOL

  18. madkane says:

    Thanks so much JTS and JL!

  19. Really interesting. I like a lot of your ideas in these poems.

  20. Kim Nelson says:

    The second one cracked me up…. damn debt!

  21. trisha says:

    trying again. glad that you noted my comment in jane’s blog. i am happy that i have not offended you in any way. :) bad firewall!!!

    fantastic collection, each and every one is enchanting, first one is so cute, it is what happens in reality too.

    free soul

  22. Windy indeed – I like that! Great set!

  23. Vinay says:

    yes.. the strict rules in library do seem to drown thoughts, Madeleine..!

  24. madkane says:

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

    And Trisha, I’m glad you were finally able to post on my blog.

    And Vinay, I actually meant the opposite. In the old days, libraries were quiet, and you could concentrate. Now, there seem to be no rules — just rude people, noisy children, and a general thought-killing atmosphere.

  25. becca givens says:

    You continue to inspire me with your charming and delicious humor ~~ :-)

  26. madkane says:

    Thanks so much, Becca!