from a sea wall

—Martin Gottlieb Cohen

Here's a haiga by Kuniharu Shimizu based on this haiku. See Shimuzu's haiga gallery, "see haiku here."

Martin's notes:
I was aboard a destroyer and we were at a Copenhagen pier. This was 1969 and there were protesters on the pier with placards denouncing the US involvement in the Viet Nam War. Some protesters were in row boats near our ship chanting HO, HO, HO CHI MIN! HO, HO, HO CHI MIN! Then, they started to throw stones at us. I was inside the pilot house and lucky to have missed standing the quarter deck watch. The commander was afraid of an incident and gave the order to steam out of the port. As the ship slowly left the pier, it passed a breaker and I saw the spray from a wave splashing on the breaker make a little rainbow. I never saw that before or since and it stuck with me.

About the author: Martin Cohen was born in the South Bronx somewhere on Simpson Street, went to a Yeshiva on East Broadway and Canal Street, and then lived in the South of Brooklyn, the South of Long Island, The Southern Tier of Upstate New York, The South of Manhattan, and finally South Jersey in Egg Harbor.

Martin's e-mail address: martin1223 at comcast dot net

Martin also has a weblog.


Responses to the haiku for 27 August 2001 by Martin Gottlieb Cohen

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-12-10 05:49:40

    capped red fire hydrant
    steam from streams of yellow ...
    the dog on three legs

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2004-06-01 08:08:40

    A Triumphal Arch!
    The pidgins fly again
    under the rainbow

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-11-15 06:42:14

    autumn twilight
    dawn's late --
    my head's low