“A Few Haiku (40)”

(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley


so much damage done
by such delicate fingers
and a blackened heart



how soothing the words
whispered to a shattered heart
by her serpent’s tongue



days of green silence
heart fern-bound in oak shadows
dreaming with the trees



I have not yet reached
terminal velocity
my life in free-fall



carved into the bark
of my heart, her initials
overgrown with grief



bright sun hurts my eyes
just as hope singes my soul
best to stay inside

34 thoughts on ““A Few Haiku (40)”

    1. Thanks, David. I remember walking through an aspen grove on a nearby mountain years ago, seeing those white tree trunks covered in initials. It’s been seven years since my last relationship ended and this was the image that came to mind. I never carved her initials on a tree trunk but they were certainly etched in my heart. Thanks for such a kind comment, good sir. I always appreciate hearing from you. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Reena. You’re right–those venomous words from the serpent’s tongue can come from anyone, from a devious romantic partner to the former president of the United States. When we’re vulnerable, it can be hard to resist the tempting lies from unscrupulous people. I had in mind some experiences I had with some horrible former girlfriends, but it can apply to anyone who wishes to deceive us. “Reality undiminished” is a perfect way to put it. I always appreciate your insight and wisdom. Much appreciated. πŸ™‚

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  1. Each and every one it is filled with such dept of emotions. “how soothing the words
    whispered to a shattered heart
    by her serpent’s tongue” ain’t this the reality of today, splendid my friend. πŸ™‚

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  2. These are brilliant as always!πŸ‘πŸ‘
    #237 is incredibly beautiful; “green silence” What a fascinating concept!
    I relate to #240 the most – I, too, avoid the sun for similar reasons.πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Aaysid. “Green silence” seems to encompass everything I feel about trees. Peace, contemplation, tranquility…and green is such a soothing color. I’m happy that you enjoyed these. πŸ™‚

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