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Unforgiving Muse: One Hundred and One Haiku

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Unforgiving Muse: One Hundred and One Haiku

by R R Heck

Copyright 2016 R.R. Heck

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Table of Contents
[1] Sum of Summer
[2] Constructing
[3] Open
[4] Stalk
[5] Passed
[6] Sweat
[7] Long Gone
[8] Summer Storms
[9] Choke
[10] Silhouette
[11] Open Flame
[12] Sol
[13] Sketchy
[14] Sprig
[15] More
[16] Or
[17] Shades
[18] Shhh
[19] Unexpected
[20] Wake
[21] Chew
[22] Silver
[23] Crossing Boundaries
[24] Bigger on the Inside
[25] Sunday Drive
[26] Intruders
[27] Stir
[28] Petrichor
[29] Fractal
[30] Burn
[31] Rub
[32] Clean
[33] Powers
[34] Emotional Escape
[35] Growing Pangs
[36] Drawn
[37] Revoke
[38] Cough
[39] Tell
[40] Ajar
[41] Static
[42] Parts
[43] Filling
[44] Supernova
[45] Fall
[46] Shine
[47] Sea
[48] Safe
[49] Measure
[50] Dirt
[51] War Fair
[52] Backs of Closets
[53] Treatment
[54] Bleached
[55] Bars
[56] Donation
[57] Basic
[58] Pull
[59] Endings
[60] Alight
[61] Grief Rides Hard
[62] No Accounting for Taste
[63] Hunt or Gather
[64] Graphing Growth
[65] Nest
[66] Talisman
[67] Tis the Season
[68] Prognosis
[69] Climb
[70] Stricken
[71] Overgrown
[72] Row
[73] Closed
[74] Budding Adventurer
[75] Forked
[76] Favor
[77] Conscious
[78] Tombstone and Tablet
[79] Safe and Sound
[80] Liken
[81] Flower
[90] Rung
[91] Swell
[92] Shimmer
[93] Fall Hazard
[94] Sea Worthy
[95] Split Tongue
[96] Chapped
[97] Sound Barrier
[98] The Call
[99] Scale
[100] Exhale
[101] Chord

[1] Sum of Summer

cockroach corpses cook
sun sizzling sidewalks
and animate air

[2] Constructing

ha ha hammering
resounding sounding
twisting through my dreams

[3] Open

sprawling cloudless skies
this galaxy’s gaping maw
velvety and wide

[4] Stalk

preying on the dead
unblinking eyes see no ghosts
crouching for a strike

[5] Passed

halls filled with stillness
seeing and seeking the source
pass through, cannot touch

[6] Sweat

downward facing dog
jerking spasm, retched jig
wracking against rib

[7] Long Gone

don’t remember you
flashing lights drove me away
a fading memory

[8] Summer Storms

barking thunder booms
heaving winds nurse storm full clouds
rain sings like sirens

[9] Choke

everlasting leak
constricting anxiety
preyers for mercy

[10] Silhouette

an oblivion
reaching across the vast void
empty hands return

[11] Open Flame

shallow lung half full
sallow, yellow, waxy skin
burning at both ends

[12] Sol

belly full of fire
swallowing supple sun spots
burning outside in

[13] Sketchy

erase, draw, repeat
some lines can’t be taken back
do not be careful

[14] Sprig

sweet, bruised, and soft spot
nerve endings whine injury
young wounds sigh relief

[15] More

all heavy and light
spring rain that mists hanging limbs
always leaving me

[16] Or

living in-between
high light flight or low note fight
black wings beat blue lungs

[17] Shades

season of salty
sultry shallows chase high cliffs
swallowing echoes

[18] Shhh

sugar eyes, split tongue
spilling secrets best unkept
spit wistful whispers

[19] Unexpected

groping empty air
swinging splayed and open palms gape
wild wind whistles through

[20] Wake

slumber somber eyes
witness not the waking world
pupils filled with light

[21] Chew

teeth must gnash, gash, and growl
lead bitten lips tuck inward
pull away and bark

[22] Silver

long exposure lines
impressing silver with light
capturing essence

[23] Crossing Boundaries

lines drawn in the sand
disappear with the next wind
were they ever real?

[24] Bigger on the Inside

hard back and bound from
cover to cover printed
bent, sewn, glued, and signed

[25] Sunday Drive

gravel, grovel, weep
driving long, tight, winding roads
cruising for chaos

[26] Intruders

spineless segmented
scurry low and unwanted
will you make it home?

[27] Stir

sea overlapping
at thirsty over shorn shores
dry sand drinks her up

[28] Petrichor

rain drips from her curls
like bowing petals bending
to midnight showers

[29] Fractal

fragile fang fractures
light, glass beast focus on us
cutting through the night

[30] Burn

catalyst ignites
burning hacksaw lungs ignite
silent lullabies

[31] Rub

mating rituals
ancient, renowned, long passed won
pitch is quality

[32] Clean

hung out in the rain
washed, rinsed, wrung, flung on the line
exposed and pinned up

[33] Powers

punctual function
perfunctory equation
unreadable scrawl

[34] Emotional Escape

above checkered fields
roaring engines dispersing clouds
baggage on the run

[35] Growing Pangs

creaking buried roots
swimming beds of soil and worms
spreading earth aside

[36] Drawn

every hair in place
life drawn to each new line born
destroy empty space

[37] Revoke

belated displace
provoking bitterness and
buttoned up black eyes

[38] Cough

swallowing mouthfuls
of sickly sweet thick syrup
coating raw, red throats

[39] Tell

short tale and long pause
ragged phrases closely chase
fine and sharpened clause

[40] Ajar

deserting founder
pilfers from the mutineer
bottles that kiss back

[41] Static

devout defiance
unsettlement vollys all
scoured transmissions

[42] Parts

defunct conjunctions
urge superimposition
reaching deviance

[43] Filling

sour stout falls flat
false front teeth scrape
far past bitter lips

[44] Supernova

razor sharp eyes call
summon dying stars that burn
holes into the sky

[45] Fall

sighing between leaves
turning golden, red, and brown
fall fall falling down

[46] Shine

delight wears you well
polishing your eyes like suns
suns that never set

[47] Sea

against waters’ edge
buoyant blade cuts through the sea
parting oceans wide

[48] Safe

bound to the harbor
hidden from turbulent waves
ropes promise safety

[49] Measure

volume of your gaze
fills this rigid container
occupy my space

[50] Dirt

poised with worn warnings
poison worms torn and shorn from
sour solid soil

[51] War Fair

flippant reviews urge
front lines forward
gravestone flattery

[52] Backs of Closets

nostalgia echoes
shifting shadows out of sight
with soft and blinding light

[53] Treatment

opaque and patient
waiting rooms call hoarsely
with blue hands and heads

[54] Bleached

choking on output

rung and hung soles out try dry
always leaves us stiff

[55] Bars

biting at the bars
adventure awaits no man
freedom in my sights

[56] Donation

hum whir hiss buzz drone
thieving artificial heart
pumping away life

[57] Basic

diluted solvent
charging negative neighbors
sharing electrons

[58] Pull

eyes overflowing
brimming moon beckoning tide
breaking against rocks

[59] Endings

couldn’t write a word
aching limbs declare surrender
rotting reminders

[60] Alight

deflower the east
breaching snowy mountaintops
light up the sparse trees

[61] Grief Rides Hard

dusting your grave with
unspoken, whispered nothings
please crawl down my throat

[62] No Accounting for Taste

spent in abundance
burning through pockets and gloves
doors and hands open

[63] Hunt or Gather

foraging between
foreign, shadowed foliage
each sound magnified

[64] Graphing Growth

power divided
wear bases to their limits
hugging asymptotes

[65] Nest

safely tucked under
neatly folded feather wing
against icy winds

[66] Talisman

an item possessed
greatest nightmare, deepest fears
idol you caress

[67] Tis the Season

fervent consumer
in a push and pull parade
capitalistic

[68] Prognosis

for glory or doom
all worst case scenario
too soon to assume

[69] Climb

heavy handed mits
tugging at the ends of ropes
slick palms, burning grip

[70] Stricken

vertigo eyes spin
in turning heads and stomachs

purging legacies

[71] Overgrown

black wings forged of lead
folded in on my own head
scattering matter

[72] Row

suns set on those eyes
pulling boats on rough tidings
spirits row ashore

[73] Closed

there is no escape
broken doors, rusted windows
no where to knock

[74] Budding Adventurer

horizon clouds bloom
drifting nomads trace earth’s curves

driven by dry winds

[75] Forked

cautionary tails
flicking like danger in the dust
striking at warm life

[76] Favor

fortune favors flight
gulping mouthful of thin air
limbs and lungs seize

[77] Conscious

bat sand filled lashes
each grain clings to unseen dreams
line a sea of eyes

[78] Tombstone and Tablet

firm hand grasps your throat
building a fire of fear
defile this temple

[79] Safe and Sound

this plastic prison

its click click click click click click
this loving lockdown

[80] Liken

cower under rocks
hair tangled in dancing dust
all snaggles and claws

[81] Flower

yellow fingers pluck
smearing, clearing the earth’s back
stained and bruised and cut

[90] Rung

weeping in the halls
dragging along peeling bells
flecks of rust crying out

[91] Swell

dripping petals leak
little dribbles, spits, and spots
umbrellas raised high

[92] Shimmer

beads of sweat strung up
across determination
trickle down in streams

[93] Fall Hazard

seams torn in the toil
rip, run fumbling riot’s cry
all elbows and knees

[94] Sea Worthy

run aground through mist
and brines, bribes, and barnacles
full sails, empty decks

[95] Split Tongue

head full of what ifs
curses pass from hand to mouth
lies caught in your hair

[96] Chapped

tongue crossed, fingers tied
twitch of lip, curling toes call
singing in your ear

[97] Sound Barrier

tugging at the strings
married well from peg to bridge
pulling sound from air

[98] The Call

watch you taste the air
jaws open, pointed skyward
galaxy filled mouth

[99] Scale

measuring your breath
this analog metronome
can’t keep up with you

[100] Exhale

drawing me up in
between long winds and short breaths
against gravity

[101] Chord

strike, pluck good luck strings
sing through the night like song birds
gasp, sting, bending wing


Unforgiving Muse: One Hundred and One Haiku

  • ISBN: 9781370067275
  • Author: R.R. Heck
  • Published: 2016-12-17 01:50:08
  • Words: 1294
Unforgiving Muse: One Hundred and One Haiku Unforgiving Muse: One Hundred and One Haiku