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U3A Writing: Is Poetry Pleasure Or Pain?

Elaine Lawton presents a series of short poems.

Poetry

Is poetry pleasure or pain?
It depends on the mood and the vein,
A wordy excrescence
or intellect's essence
To concentrate truth in quatrain.

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Five Haikus

Butterfly

Cocooned through winter
Freed by spring, ephemeral
As blossoms floating

Gale

Sea sounds on dry land
Torturing oceans of leaves
Into green fury

Dry Season

Small pool of water
Blue-patching wide brown bed
Defying cloudless zenith

Rain?

Unbelieving ears
Expectantly turned upward
Delight suspended

Bark

Grey shreds of tree skin
Dangling discarded, tattered
Like shed snakeskin

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