There was a temptation this week, as was the case last time around, to simply post my produced Haiku and poetry for the week and crawl away into a hole, sucking my thumb. When I began my journey with the Patreon, I singularly failed to grasp the complexity of task presented. This isn’t hard physical work, but takes a significant mental toll. I have nothing but admiration for those who are lucky enough to consider themselves ‘professional’ poets because finding rhymes, or appropriate structures without repetition, hesitation or deviation can often be a really big ask.
This week’s Haiku sequence wasn’t written in one sitting: I was often desperately re-writing or drafting better versions of each part minutes before my 5pm deadline, to see if this ‘seat of the pants’ approach is workable. Some weeks I can, others need me to do it all beforehand (next week’s pairings are a case in point.) Here, and in the case of the Micropoetry I’ll publish tomorrow, I believe you can’t see I was drafting on the fly. If you read this as a whole and can tell I was in five differing places for each segment, please let me know.
Needless to say, this is a brilliant prompt, and I cannot thank Rob enough for his generosity in continuing to provide them.
Two Sides : Five Haiku
Two sides of the coin:
Stand straddling this shared space,
Facing each other
Holding all the cards:
High stakes never an issue,
Always food to eat.
I understand why
Taking away these comforts
Will smack of control.
Your privilege, just
that, when detached: unfair when
shifting a fortune.
Look beyond this greed:
Embrace love, help those with less,