Variations on a Moon Haiku

Variations on a Moon Haiku

I’ve worn the old moon
round and smooth this June, and stained
the white to yellow

We waited so long
for the moon this June—now look,
it’s ancient, yellow

I’ve waited in June
long centuries for the moon—
now it’s aged, yellow

I’ve handled the moon
so much in June—here, you scrub
away the yellow

I’ve handled the moon
so much in June the white turned
ivory yellow

I’ve handled the moon
so much in June that I’ve stained
the white all yellow

How many haiku
must I write in June to turn
the white moon yellow?

How many haiku
must I write in June to give
you the cold white moon?

How many haiku
must I write in June to make
the yellow moon yours?

How many haiku
must I write in June before
the white moon is mine?

How many haiku
must I write down before I
can hand you the moon?

How many haiku
must a man write down before
he captures the moon?

About John MacKenzie

I'll mumble for ya. Poetry, plus most things quantifiable: science, neuroscience, memory, epistemology, baseball. And so on.
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2 Responses to Variations on a Moon Haiku

  1. tankawanka says:

    It is worth it for the final one. The tune springs inescapable into ones head when reading it.

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  2. Pingback: The Moon is the Well | Mumbling Jack

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