Normandy Beach the screams of gulls

12 Responses

  1. tafter Says:

    The ultimate compliment: Wish I'd written it myself

  2. Norman Darlington Says:

    I appreciate how you've drawn in the historical axis in what looks like an effortless manner. Excellent ku, Bouwe :-)

  3. Janice Campbell Says:

    Says. So. Much.

  4. Dana Says:

    Thanks for the inspiration – my family and me will go to Normandy next week. I will think about the scream of the gulls then.

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  6. polona Says:

    wow, very powerful!

  7. haikuapprentice Says:

    Sometimes a poem is so perfect one has to bow one's head in awe. In this case I also bow my head in sacred homage to the brave ordinary men who crossed the world to risk their lives for the cause of freedom in Europe. Thank you Bouwe for this most eloquent and moving memorial.


  8. Bouwe Brouwer Says:

    Thanks everyone for the amazing comments.

  9. Para juegos Says:

    I really feel most at peace when it is itself the most violent explosion. Everything that I saw myself too much to endure

  10. Alan Summers Says:

    Normandy Beach the screams of gulls

    Highly poignant and echoing the terror of Ju 87 Stukas which had a siren on their landing gear that would scream when they dive bombed the Allied Forces.

    warm regards,


  11. jeff hoagland Says:

    This haiku still moves me, haunts me. No words for this one, except, perhaps "Wow"

  12. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    This is really striking and what haiku is all about. In six words the writer has encompassed history, horror, nature, war, sound and more. A strong poem.


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