holding hands
  our blue shadows

—Margarita Engle

About the author: Margarita Engle (Englefam at Earthlink.net) is the author, most recently, of The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano (Henry Holt & Co., 2006). Word Wings (Elin Grace Publ.) is a collection of haiku and short poems for children.

She is also the author of two novels as well as shorter works selected for anthologies and literary journals in many countries, in several languages. She has won numerous literary awards.


Responses to the haiku for 25 March 2003 by Margarita Engle

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-03-25 08:34:21

    your words had embraced me for an instance.
    "then", a much overused word by me, it seems,
    but then it happened, i smiled while remembering norman's advice, "brevity", and began wondering was it finally setting in... oh well, more on this at a later date.

    case in point:

    holding hands
    our shadows...

    but, shadows being blue, pointless, unless one is trying to provoke or illicit additional thoughts, to something else that's ongoing, in such a small space. this hint(blue) missed it's mark.

    regrettably, i feel it was hampered by "blue"s inclusion...

    don socha
    2003-03-25 13:55:59

    I really like this, and all, perhaps, because of
    the blue shadows touching. A very colorful image. The word blue sends me into a heterogeneous, twilit space. It doesn't matter who the "we" are. Thanks,

    Helen Kinsella (helekin at webtv dot net)
    2003-03-25 15:50:32

    I appreciated the blue shadows also. I really enjoy a Haiku that puts a picture quickly in my
    mind. Your Haiku did that for me.
    Helen Kinsella

    Stella Siador (stelmar90 at zworg dot com)
    2003-03-25 15:59:56

    I really enjoyed the image of your haiku. There's something tender, even romantic from reading it.

    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2003-03-25 16:56:13

    Lovely. I think of Joni Mitchell's classic BLUE album.

    Rosemary J. Gwaltney
    2003-03-25 18:52:57

    The stunning vision here is very poignant. I was moved by this, and find it excellent.

    Chloe (dahlia23 at eudoramail dot com)
    2003-03-25 20:11:00

    I just love your haiku! =) it reminded me a lot. a stunning and elegant haiku and image formed by anyone who reads this.

    john tiong chunghoo
    2004-01-12 10:17:30

    his infedility
    his warm hands
    now creepy

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-06-04 20:13:02

    two smiles
    merging into one --
    golden ray of sunshine


    vicki (pretzel dot girl at gmail dot com)
    2005-12-07 23:34:23

    your haiku is so beautiful yet the simple poem expresses a lot of emotion. when i read it, "our blue shadows.. touch" reminded me of a couple who had to part, with such passion and sadness. i love it! keep on writing ^^

    2009-01-16 16:54:08

    this shade of night
    eventually coming to the light