Welcome to all poets and lovers of poetry! In honor of Celtic Brighid’s Day, here is a haiku, a time-honored Japanese poetic form that uses 17 syllables in a rhythm of 5, 7, 5.
holding bright clouds in her bowl
swelling maiden moon
I wrote and lettered this in 2000 for Imbolc. The moon last night was a little more full than that year’s crescent, but the waxing crescent resting on her side still seems like a bowl to me.
If haiku is an example of compressed language, here is another which is much longer, but harks back to the tradition of sung poetry. The poet, Drew Dellinger, speaks his poem so beautifully; I am glad to find a video of his performance. I first saw and heard this poem on a DVD of a concert, Praises for the World, which was a gathering of poetry, song, dance and love for the earth arranged by Jennifer Berezan and performed in Oakland in 2003. I still weep every time I watch this concert. Here is Drew sharing his poem, Hymn to the Sacred Body of the Universe. The partial text of this poem, and many others, is on his website.
Feel free to post your own poems in my comments section if you like. Other poems can be found by following some of the links at right; also try here. Be sure and check out the comments sections, which have more links. This is how we weave the web.