Haikai Challenge 193 — Memorial Day haiku series 053121

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Memorial Day Landscape Sunset Painting by Greg Cartmell | Saatchi Art

Bones lie where they fell,
bullets long buried silence –
each Spring poppies bloom.

Too many widows
stooped today, wilting at graves —
mourning doves take flight.

Uniformed, each Spring
they march Main in Everytown
trying to forget.

 

image by Greg Cartmell

Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says:
This week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to either Memorial Day or the rainbow (niji).

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Jules says:

    May we always remember…
    I went with humor.
    Hope you are well. I’ve been busy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m doing, and doing better with the weather. Busy is good if its doing things that bring you joy. Good to see you. Will check out yours in a sec.

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  2. -Eugenia says:

    Beautiful and heartfelt piece, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Eugi.

      Like

  3. memadtwo says:

    the same heartbreak over and over…(K)

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  4. Sadje says:

    So poignant Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Sadje. I lost an uncle I never met in the war 😦

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! My late father in law fought for the British army in Burma!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          😦 May he rest in peace.

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  5. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Great remembrance Lisa

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Max.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #3: Jade Li’s latest haiku #sequence for my current #Haikai Challenge!

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  7. I like the phrase “wilting at graves.” Beautiful image that ties together rainbow (colors, at least) with poppies for Memorial Day.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Susan.

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