The Twelve Days of Haiku

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The Twelve Days of
Haiku

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bare branches of pear
uplift arms coated in ice
pretty partridge home

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two sit side by side
cooing coyly one with one
soft grey turtle doves

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hens flown from far France
gilded gold in filigree
three’s good company

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singing merrily
four birds in a silver cage
calling out the hours

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upon my right hand
golden rings are gently placed
one on each finger

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laying round the clock
great geese mothers guard their young
six against the world

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necks entwined in love
mating for eternity
seven swans alone

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behold eight maidens
unblemished skin as creamy
as the milk they skim

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hoar frosted snowfield
made for ladies’ dancing
nine for every night

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leaping candlesticks
ten lords have lost decorum
sliding down the stairs

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windows wide open
eleven elven pipers
faerie fifes do play

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twelve drums pound the beat
the last days of the Yule end
exhausted, all sleep
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Faerie♥Kat
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4 Responses to “The Twelve Days of Haiku”

  1. Gwen December 5, 2007 at 5:14 PM #

    Wow – this is incredible! I’ve tried my hand at haiku, and I can’t believe you got the 12 days of Christmas into this form, and so elegantly and with such powerful visual imagery!

    So, my one haiku is an off-color climbing verse. First, you have to know some climbing jargon. Rock climbers use gear with names like “friends”, “cams”, “nuts”, and “hexes” when they climb outdoors, and a climber’s complete collection of gear is called a “rack”.

    Okay, here’s my haiku:

    Ill-equiped to climb
    Jealous glances at her rack
    Longing for some nuts

    Ta-da! 😉

  2. Faerie♥Kat December 5, 2007 at 5:19 PM #

    Hi Gwen

    A double double entendre and a haiku, rolled into one — too fun!

    Luv it!

    Kat

  3. Saje April 15, 2009 at 10:37 PM #

    I love this poem!
    Imagery and grace combined;
    Beautifully done.

    • Faerie♥Kat April 16, 2009 at 12:10 AM #

      I had completely forgotten this set of haikus, can you believe that?! I wrote this for a poetry competition a friend was running on MySpace and whipped it up in about a half hour. Sometimes the Goddess is gracious. I read through it just now and I have to admit, it’s pretty damn good! It did win the contest, too. So, thanks! Thank you very much. I obviously need to re-read this blog myself and kick my own butt back into doing something that might actually make some money.

      Hugz

      Kat

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