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  •  Before I clicked post on that comment, (4+ / 0-)

    I thought about the bigger picture,
    the grief over small children,
    taking over the headlines,
    and the break room buzz
    here in Wichita,
    and the topic of your haikus.

    And I'm thanking you
    for words that fill my ego,
    and asking for more.

    Makes me seem evil and cold,
    but that's the way we live;
    we think about tragedy,
    then,
    within a few seconds,
    we think about Christmas,
    eating dinner
    at our favorite Chinese restaurant.

    I have a lot to say
    about the shooting;
    I don't have time to say it right now.

    I wonder if I'll put some of it
    in my Christmas diary,
    or in a separate diary.

    No,
    in the Christmas diary.

    I have so much to say.

    I love you so much,
    anyone who reads
    anything I write,
    I love you.

    Thanks again.

    •  bigjac (4+ / 0-)

      If you pour yourself
      In that Christmas diary
      It will bring us joy

      When the world of pain
      Makes us feel alone and small
      Love will light our way

      Without darkness, light
      Would not seem as precious as
      How it seems right now

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 12:38:57 PM PST

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    •  An ovillejo. (3+ / 0-)
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      bigjacbigjacbigjac, aravir, Brecht

      So much spilled ink here, so much said.
      I've read
      Too much today; my eyes are blurred.
      Your words
      So few they might well disappear --
      I'm here
      Right now, and see: my eyes are clear.
      We reach across the emptiness
      For nothing more than this, nor less:
      I've read your words.  I'm here.

      •  My dear Batya, that's some of the best (2+ / 0-)
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        Batya the Toon, aravir

        poetry
        I've read anywhere,
        and it's about one of my favorite topics,
        the topic of what we're doing,
        writing,
        reading,
        reaching out to each other,
        as best we can:  

         We reach across the emptiness
        For nothing more than this, nor less:
        I've read your words.  I'm here.  
         

        Thank you so much for that.

        •  thank you! (1+ / 0-)
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          bigjacbigjacbigjac

          The ovillejo is one of my favorite poem forms.  I tried for a haiku but it wasn't coming.

          •  I had to look it up. (0+ / 0-)

            I didn't even see
            the pattern of your poem,
            until I looked it up,
            and now I see.

            I also looked up my method,
            such as it is.

            From Wikipedia:

             Because of a lack of predetermined form, free verse poems have the potential to take truly unique shapes. Unrestrained by traditional boundaries, the poet possesses more license to express, and has more control over the development of the poem. This could allow for a more spontaneous and individualized product.  

            I enjoy it.

            But I like all the other methods,
            haiku,
            limerick,
            and your ovillejo.

            I truly enjoy the method
            of Dr. Seuss
            used in
            Green Eggs and Ham.

            It's
            and    1    2  3
            That Sam-I-am!
            and    1    2  3
            That Sam-I-am!
            and 1   2,   1     2,    1    2  3
            I    do not like that Sam-I-am!

            When the words would or will are used,
            it's
               1       2,   1      2,   1  2    3
            Would you like them in a house?
               1       2,   1      2,     1    2    3
            Would you like them with a mouse?

            And on and on.

            So much fun.

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