our marriage
or what’s left of it . . .

8 Responses

  1. patriciaipsa Says:

    those sparks of light in the darkness also speak of the world outside.

  2. Dirk van Nouhuys Says:

    Good, sharp. Bitter yet mysterous

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    On a quick surface it's coming across as an ouch, but the haiku carries extra depth that rewards the revisiting reader.


  4. Robert Says:

    The more I read it, the more I like it.

  5. haikuapprentice Says:

    Ah Laurence, this is such an excellent haiku. I enjoy how It works on several levels.
    I agree with Alan, the initial reading is painful, poignant. But reflecting on it, I also hold hope of a positive outcome.

    I love how you have mirrored the on-off behaviour of the fireflies with the first two lines of the poem – juxtaposing a statement with a conditional, a positive and a negative – to convey poetically the experience of the on then off character of the marriage.

    But we are left to ponder the outcome. Fireflies' lights are their method of attracting a mate, and the season is usually short. The poem might suggest the marriage resulted from a whirlwind summer courtship; the personalities of the couple struggling through the winter season. But then again, fireflies are also lights in the darkness, as another reader has commented. Fireflies are living embodiments of magic in the world, fantastic dreams that come true. The marriage may yet rekindle its magic.

    As Basho says of great poetry, "The haiku that reveals seventy to eighty percent of its subject is good. Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent, we never tire of". Like a firefly dell, I think this is a poem to which we will never tire of returning.

    Thank you for sharing it.


  6. Laurence Stacey Says:


    Thanks for the insightful comments on my poem :-D You are a great reader! I enjoy seeing your perspective on Tinywords.

  7. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    This shines – just like the fireflies! :)


  8. @DreamsOfTaos Says:

    Excellent, Laurence.

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