Saturday, April 7, 2012

Play

sounds of spring,
children playing ball,
blue jay chirps

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playing in the streets,
boys run with nets, chasing birds,
free as butterflies

~0~0

slave of war and hate,
he holds his gun close, dreaming
blue butterfly wings






Posted for Haiku Heights - Play.    This is part of the National Poetry Writing Month.  
Picture credit:   here

31 comments:

  1. Amazing. I did not guess where this was going until the last stanza. I have been there yet stand back from the drama.

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    1. Thank you for the visit. This picture hit me and I saw the tragedy of children soldiers ~

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  2. Love your haiku...the last one breaks my heart

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    1. Thanks Susie...it breaks my heart too ~

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  3. Shame that many don't get to have a childhood like that, instead forced to wield a gun but some nut job.

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    1. I agree Pat. Their lives are destroyed by war.

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  4. The last picture Is really sad!!!
    Love haiku!

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  5. Child soldiers it's cruel. With these haiku set ... leaves me speechless. Very sad picture. A young boy with a gun in his hands and angel wings (or butterfly wings) on his back. Let them play as children need to play and not as a soldier.

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  6. The first two haiku lull the reader into a sense of sweet pleasantries until the wrenching, contrasting shock of the last haiku! Child soldiers have always been a grief of mine! Beautifully crafted!

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    1. I went back to the tumblr link and found that the blogger deleted his entire blog. I don't know why??? Thanks for your lovely words.

      Grace

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  7. I have to agree with Gemma's comments. Thank goodness most of our children still have their freedom to be only children.

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  8. Back again! I have been trying to find the picture credit! Just letting you know that the credit link here leads nowhere! Searched Google images of child soldiers to no avail!

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  9. ugh...the last pic is def a hard one...kids in war, when they should be at play....so sad...

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  10. Three very different views ~ all powerfully written ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  11. the last one is very good..
    a deep theme hangs around it..harsh theme.. but beautifully expressed..
    and the first two were wonderful..

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  12. This is awesome. The last haiku is heartbreaking.

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  13. Beautiful rendition,Grace! Very aptly adapted to the image. Great haiku write!

    Hank

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  14. These are so beautiful paintings of childhood.. Grace...Your last haiku reminded me of Tears of the Sun ... good to be able to interact in this space..

    RS:)

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  15. amazing set grace ... last one is a complete change caused goose bumps :) very nice :)

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  16. great set of Haiku Grace...loved the the 3rd one...too good...:)

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  17. Whats summer for us may mean different from someone else. Nice composition.

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  18. Whoa! Very Powerful. Sure didn't expect the last lines. Perfect!

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  19. Very nice Haiku!!! Followed ;) Can you check out my new blog about art? Thanks

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  20. Beautiful set Grace...I liked second one...so cheerful :)

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  21. wow...enjoying your words in triple verses...beautiful Grace!

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  22. this haiku is kind of a reality check of the world we are living in..grt thought!

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  23. Beautifully crafted ... offering a reminder of sad and cruel states forced upon children in certain cultures ... forever changing their lives while robbing them of innocence. Happy Easter ~~ This is my Day 8 ~~ Waiting Their Turn.

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  24. Stunning visual mix of words.

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