fallow field
a young man planting


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  1. Alan Summers Says:

    Great to see a contemporary war haiku, as we have old and new fronts opening up, and rarely closing for long.


    fallow field
    a young man planting

    —Rich Schilling

    Such a sad indictment that fields that could grow food, or feed cattle or horses, are used instead to bring life-changing injury to children, women, other non-combatants, and occasionally someone who doesn't know better than to be 'on the other side' of peace. The two parts of the haiku are chilling, opening with an agrarian image, and concluding with a killing device inserted into soil instead of seeds for food and beauty.


    the war she never returned Vergissmeinnicht

    after Keith Douglas

    Alan Summers
    Haiku Canada Review, vol. 11, no. 2, (October 2017) ed. LeRoy Gorman

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  4. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    well done, Rich! Chilling.

  5. John S Green Says:

    Thanks, Rich.

  6. Jean LeBlanc Says:

    I am always astounded by these poems, submitted and chosen months beforehand, yet so spot-on relevant to the day's events. The power of art!

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