the light beckons haiga

the light beckons
while the shadows sing – 
life in silhouette

Linked to Carpe Diem #689: Melancholy.

Chevrefeuille gives us the following definitions to work with:

1. a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression.
2. sober thoughtfulness; pensiveness.

He also shared a beautiful photo from his childhood, and this haiku:

long time ago
when I was just a child no worries –
just happiness

© Chèvrefeuille

But – I can’t hear the word “melancholy” without thinking of Albrecht Durer: 

Albrecht Durer.  Melancholia, 1514.  WikiArt

Albrecht Durer. Melancholia, 1514. WikiArt

24 thoughts on “the light beckons (haiga)

  1. Even though you say “couldn’t get this poem where you wanted it to go”, the words and image work absolutely fine for me – there seems to be a Twin Peaks kind of atmosphere going on… “life in silhouette” indeed [shudder!]


    • A dungeony sort of shudder, not a Dove’y sort of shudder, right? LOL
      Thanks Blake —- I remember this one — an interesting evening! Very glad you liked it 🙂


      • The feel is right .. but I couldn’t say where you wanted to go, so a revisit might satisfy you … and then we get another of your great haiga/haiku … can’t beat that!


        • Daw, shucks 😉

          But you know what I mean, right? There are times when the poem is “good” — but there is “something else” hovering at the edge of your mind and you can’t *quite* capture it…


        • I do know what you mean … when there’s that something not quite right … you can’t quite grasp it .. maybe a tanka might tell you where you want to go … drawn it out then re-concentrate it …


        • I tried the tanka too — and it was getting labored — finally opted for the shorter version. Which is odd – because you KNOW I love tanka….


        • No .. not publish it as a tanka … just dig into and see what you think needs to be said that your not saying … if that makes any sense.


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