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    Haiku? No “Haikona!”

    I was looking for a word for a very short poem but it appears there isn’t one. Of course there’s Haiku but these very short works of mine do not qualify.

    Xhosa is one of the official languages of South Africa and is spoken by African people in the region in which I live.

    The word "aikona" or "haikona" means "no", "not at all" or even "by no means".

    It is derived from the Xhosa words "hayi" (no) and "khona" (here) - literally it means "not here/now".

    So I’m calling my short stuff “Haikonas” … not because they aren’t here now, but because I’m not here now. As a matter of fact I’m not all there either.




    ABOVE THE RAIN.

    I want to fly above the rain
    Soar up into the night;
    I yearn to follow your angelic light
    And so never return again

    I want to dance to your refrain
    Spend my whole life with you;
    I yearn to change my aura’s hue
    And so never return again.


    AFTER SEX YOU SMOKE

    I can't believe you're falling asleep,
    You know - that's really so uncool,
    Sit up and light up you creep
    After sex you smoke
    It’s a rule.


    FREE AT LAST

    Free at last the empires pink erased,
    Africa! giant no longer slumbering.
    but smouldering and now
    shackled by another power
    A virus deadlier than any former colonist.




    HOLD MY HAND

    Walking along the beach
    Scratching a stick in the sand,
    Everyone's out of reach
    Won't somebody hold my hand?

    Please...


    I’D LOVE TO BE A WOMAN

    Gee, I'd love to be a woman
    They've such an easy life,
    I'd love to be a woman
    Be some rich sucker's wife.

    Gee, its hard to be a man
    We've such a trying life,
    Its hard to be a man
    Serving some rich sucker's wife.


    NO NAME.

    I’m a prisoner of my time
    Blindly staggering about
    While vainly seeking something
    Anything familiar to embrace
    So I may find a future in my past.




    IMAGE OF MY LOVE

    An image one of ten flashed on the screen
    Silence … no words spoken in between
    Your allure dazzling bursting on my sight
    Stark beauty fills my senses with delight.



    GIGGLE

    Oh giggle!
    When you walk I’m sure you wiggle
    And jiggle
    In all the right places.
    Don’t you love it when I tickle?
    Oh giggle!



    LITTLE BOY. (1)

    On this day a
    Little boy fell
    And millions cried,
    Not for him but for
    Humanity which also
    Died.



    LITTLE BOY (2)

    I wish I were a little boy
    In short pants and bare feet
    Giving to my mother joy
    And kissing girls I meet!

    I would be so very cute
    And mom would hug me tight
    “Jett you are a little beaut!”
    She’d tell me every night.

    But sadly I’m a grown man
    My moms no longer here
    Others hardly give a damn
    So I’ll got get a beer!




    LOLA

    My mom's name Is Lola
    Like the song by the Kinks,
    She loves rum and cola
    But dad says It stinks.




    LULU

    I love the name Lulu
    And think that it’s nice,
    Love the name, do you?
    There ... I've said it twice.





    NOT A-MUSE-D

    Uninspired,
    I slump in my chair;
    the blank screen
    a mirror of my mind.
    My muse sulks
    somewhere in a corner
    of another city... no,
    another galaxy;
    try as I might,
    I cannot summon her.


    OH ME OH MY.

    Suddenly, I've forgotten how to rhyme
    And spend most of my time
    Writing nothing but blank verse
    Which really Is a curse.

    Its going to put me In a hearse
    Or at the very least In a nurs ...
    ...ing home until I die
    Oh me oh my goodbye.



    SEA-SORE.

    Well, if a seahorse really is a fish
    Then I fervently hope and wish
    That I never have a sea lion
    On any hook I'd like to call mine.



    STILL THINKING OF HER

    Exquisite and evocative images sneak into my mind
    Washing over my thoughts like waves breaking upon the shore,
    Sliding through my mind like oil across glass
    Before fading into nothing but a memory
    Of what might have been.



    THE PLAINS OF AFRICA

    The plains of Africa are soaked with blood
    As machetes rise and fall … cutting off life.
    Tribesman kills tribesman brother kills brother
    And the slaughter continues beneath the sun.
    Yes the plains of Africa are soaked with tears
    Again.




    THE RISING.

    Even as the last of the twelve chimed
    To herald the end of nine and the start of ten,
    I gazed up at a fire-lit night sky
    And I thought I heard the Cosmos cry a warning:
    “The Evil is rising!”




    DREAM DIALOGUE

    The war none wanted to declare
    A battle none wanted to fight;
    Father against son, against brother.

    Fortunate were those who died
    For they were spared the accusing eyes
    In grieving faces of mothers and wives.

    And soon the drum and fife sounded
    To herald not the return of the unfortunate
    But over graves filled with tear-soaked earth.
    “The embers of past lives lie within us all, waiting to be fanned into flames of reality by the breezes of remembrance.” Jett Black.

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    Very meaningful. Truthful to some extent of Africa. Tearful to the eyes of many african women. Fortunate to the journey of all that keep passing. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice, compact poems! Hurrah for the Haikone. You need no prosthetics. You have short, spiffy tendrils that function well together.

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    NOT A-MUSE-D

    Uninspired,
    I slump in my chair;
    the blank screen
    a mirror of my mind.
    My muse sulks
    somewhere in a corner
    of another city... no,
    another galaxy;
    try as I might,
    I cannot summon her.

    This one was sort of funny and made me laugh out loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafolini View Post
    Very meaningful. Truthful to some extent of Africa. Tearful to the eyes of many african women. Fortunate to the journey of all that keep passing. Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you so much cafo ... I am so so pleased you enjoyed my Haikonas!

    I should have like explained a bit about the pronunciation of the Xhosa language. I shall do so now.

    Xhosa is one of those words with a click at the beginning. You push your tongue against the roof of your mouth and then release it and it makes the correct sound. "corsa."

    Haikona would be pronounced "Hi-Corner."

    Thanx again for commenting.
    “The embers of past lives lie within us all, waiting to be fanned into flames of reality by the breezes of remembrance.” Jett Black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafolini View Post
    Very meaningful. Truthful to some extent of Africa. Tearful to the eyes of many african women. Fortunate to the journey of all that keep passing. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks so much for you awesome reply.

    Perhaps we can now introduce a new form of poetry called "Haikonas!"
    “The embers of past lives lie within us all, waiting to be fanned into flames of reality by the breezes of remembrance.” Jett Black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buh4Bee View Post
    NOT A-MUSE-D

    Uninspired,
    I slump in my chair;
    the blank screen
    a mirror of my mind.
    My muse sulks
    somewhere in a corner
    of another city... no,
    another galaxy;
    try as I might,
    I cannot summon her.

    This one was sort of funny and made me laugh out loud.

    Great B4B! I am so for making earthlings larf cos when we larf we are happy and when we are happy we not sad and who wants to be sad? Not me ... not you!
    “The embers of past lives lie within us all, waiting to be fanned into flames of reality by the breezes of remembrance.” Jett Black.

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    ''I’D LOVE TO BE A WOMAN

    Gee, I'd love to be a woman
    They've such an easy life,
    I'd love to be a woman
    Be some rich sucker's wife.

    Gee, its hard to be a man
    We've such a trying life,
    Its hard to be a man
    Serving some rich sucker's wife
    ''

    haha this made me chuckle in a nice way.
    I am a woman and I can tell you I would not want to be a man
    so fair plate to you Jett
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Your short poems are like picture poems. I suppose if a label must be applied to you, it would be imagist. But that implies Ezra Pound, and your brief pithy poems--related somewhat accidently to haiku-- goes beyond imagism or haiku. There is humor contained in a good deal of the poems which is lacking in haiku or imagism.
    Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist.

    Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Albert Einstein

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