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MARION deVOS : Baltimore from the Train
RICHARD ZOLA. : the river...yes...if it hadnt rained maybe...3
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Baltimore from the Train1
Where once the dealer traded, ever vigilant and alert, sirens of police cars blared, an ominous silence reigns. Where precious grass harvested for money yesterday, lies untended, bleak as winter dead as a junkyard. Where blinded houses, in serried formation repeat themselves in crumbling retreat, remnants of rampant crime. Where weeds in pockmarked streets, graffiti splashed walls, windows shuttered and shrivelled, hit the stalking eye. Where factories, empty cathedrals with smokeless towers and rusty scraps like tombstones, loom over railroad tracks. I sharpen my focus in a moving train, There is undeniable beauty in details of urban decay.

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The Haiku is a Japanese poetic form, a kind of poetry that is perhaps the most expressive with the least words or syllables. In accord with the original criteria established by the Japanese for writing haiku in another languages, a haiku consists of 17 syllables in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. In addition, a haiku in another language should not have a title, capital letters, punctuation, metaphors or rhyme; the first two lines are related, but the last line should stand alone without reference to the first two lines.

It is tempting to find a needed syllable with an article; however, the Japanese language does not have articles, so try to avoid them. The idea is to express satiety with a minimum number of words. Originally created as the beginning of a longer poem, the haiku won distinction in the 17th century when the great poet Basho (1644-1694) elevated it to a refined art. A haiku is the shortest literary form accepted as poetry -- or not accepted, becauswe there are those poets and critics who refuse to define the haiku as poetry.

I have had several poets comment that English is not Japanese, and therefore a poet writing haiku is not obliged to follow all of the above indications. There are other poets who write minimalist poems and refer to those poems as haiku. As a poet who enjoys haiku, I have found that the demands and disipline required to write haiku as the Japanese indicated over a hundred years ago satisfies me. At the same time, I admit that often my haiku bend the rules a bit, especially that "last line stands alone" requirement. However, for example, I am content with the following haiku;

provocative moon
whispering half told secrets
pale clouds hide her eyes

And these two hold fast to the established criteris:

sybaritic cats
sprawl before electric fire
rime lace drapes window

paper doves flutter
black ink words etched on white wings
love letters fly home

At the same time, I like the following haiku very much, but I admit (and accept) that the last line needs the first two lines to have meaning;

ancient black tree trunks
hearts hollowed by passing years
cradle scrolled green ferns

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the river...yes...if it hadnt rained maybe...
doors constructed shapes you me walking standing exchanging coins for fruit you speak i walking waiting crossing up museum steps down carrying fruit a book from a museum sitting sideways doors slide figures enter exit your breath mine theirs your words mine theirs my silence yours a room your shoes mine a table fruit near a bowl a book your words mine you turn pages i i sleep you

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of the soul - Plato

REPAIR: resort, frequent or habitual going; concourse or confluence of people at or in a place; making one's way; to go, betake oneself, to arrive; return to a place; to dwell; to recover, heal, or cure; to renew; to fix to original condition.
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Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


MARION deVOS : Baltimore from the Train
RICHARD ZOLA. : the river...yes...if it hadnt rained maybe...3

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