Dad’s old maps
a pinhole through the b
of Timbuktu

8 Responses

  1. Garry Says:

    When I was a boy and would sometimes ask my father, as he was about to breeze out the door, where he was going, he would often answer, "Timbuktu." This shorthand not only told me not to be so nosy. It also conveyed a sense that that was where he sometimes wished he could be, in a mythical Eden, far away.

    Edward's haiku suggests to me a different, more real Timbuktu, one that can actually be found on a map, explored, exploited, or perhaps even bombed.

  2. Dawn Apanius Says:

    Really love this.Took me away from my usual thoughts.

  3. janewilliams Says:

    Yes, this is excellent, loved it.

  4. Anna Says:

    this is such an original take and I get right there, I think it is a bull's eye through the pin hole :-]

  5. Jean LeBlanc Says:

    Love this 'ku. It makes me think of where our parents went, places where we cannot follow…their lives so different from ours, more exotic in a way, their world so different…

    (…and by "different" I surely do not mean better or worse. Just different.)

  6. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    I could feel a sense of regret on behalf of the narrator's father's in this. If we think of the practice of randomly using a pin to decide where to travel, the fact that this one was placed so purposefully suggests the person had no hope of ever really going there. A sad, but very effective ku.


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  8. Alan Summers Says:

    HI 'Edward' :-)

    I always like your haiku and this is another one too:

    Dad’s old maps
    a pinhole through the b
    of Timbuktu

    Great pacing of lines, and I think for many of us in childhood Timbuktu was a magical mystical place that I didn't think still existed, but found out in my late adulthood it did!

    warm regards,


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