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U3A Writing: Is Poetry Pleasure Or Pain?

Elaine Lawton presents a series of short poems.


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.


Five Haikus


Cocooned through winter
Freed by spring, ephemeral
As blossoms floating


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


Unbelieving ears
Expectantly turned upward
Delight suspended


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


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