the way
she chooses to die . . .
flowering plum


11 Responses

  1. Marilyn Hazelton Says:

    Lovely!

  2. Margaret Dornaus Says:

    Thank you, Marilyn!

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    .
    the way
    she chooses to die . . .
    flowering plum

    —MARGARET DORNAUS

    Juxtaposition of images is such a potent device in haiku. Do we pair images so that the reader can get a split-second connection, or one that resonates with us over several re-readings so much it increases its power over us?

    As a reader I need to be moved, and this certainly succeeds.

    Thank you.

    Alan

  4. Margaret Dornaus Says:

    Thank you, Alan, for your kind words.

  5. Jeffrey Winke Says:

    Thank you Margaret. Spooky appropriate. I just learned that a feisty 97-year-old neighbor of mine just passed and she did it her way. Somewhere a plum is flowering for her!

  6. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    Very moving! A beloved aunt, ninety, just passed last week. She died the way she lived – blooming with a quiet spirit. Thank you for this lovely poem!

  7. imogen288 Says:

    Ghost moon in daylight,
    as if a lost planet was
    outlined iin pencil.

  8. Gisele LeBlanc Says:

    Wow, this one certainly grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go. Poignantly beautiful.

  9. Margaret Dornaus Says:

    Thank you so much, Gisele._

  10. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    This is a very striking haiku, Maggie. The phrase is sad, but that flowering plum in the fragment leaves us with a beautiful, lasting image. I imagined that this lady was buried under a plum tree and her children and grandchildren will be reminded of her every time it flowers.

    marion

  11. Margaret Dornaus Says:

    Thank you, Marion.

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