Short sharp sorrow

Trying to get the sadness out. A haiku, a short poem, and a tanka.

Flower_Power_demonstrator

Grief pangs twist the heart
Wring tears from vague sentiment
A sea to drown in.

A child is dead
And another and another
All someone’s children
All my children
So many parents’ tears
Pour
A flood of heart’s blood
To quench the fires of hatred
But ideals do not listen
Fanatics need guns
Not children.

I did not know you
never held your hand in mine
or called out your name
but I grieve for your absence
the world is a darker place.

Haiku Promises

Godward-The_Old,_Old_Story

You promised me stars
The sun and moon from the sky
You kissed me and left.
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You promised me stars
The sun and moon from the sky
Clouds got in the way.
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You promised me love
That would light up the night sky
Brighter than the moon.
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You promised me a star
You pulled one down from the sky
And left on its tail.
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Shooting star promise
Ephemeral and vibrant
Quicksilver running.
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You promised your love
True forever and always
Your heart in my hands.
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You kept your promise
To always love me the best
Your best was feeble.