Embracing the Absurd Since 2011

Soulless

Today at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai: The haiku for today is written by a not so renown haiku poet, Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1892-1927).   Wintry gusts: on the sardine still lingers the ocean’s color. © Akutagawa Ryunosuke a.k.a. Gaki (Tr.: Ueda) Yet his soulless eyes see through me — he knows my secrets. © The Abject Muse […]
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Sunday

At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, we have a new episode of our Tan Renga Challenge (TRC) Month May 2019.   sunday morning all the waves in white kneeling on the beach  © Jane Reichhold a baby starfish sits on the tip of my ring finger  © The Abject Muse    

The Book of Samuel

  There was pregnant pause fit for an ellipsis at the Plath Institute for the Punctuationally Perplexed. Apostrophes dangled in mid-air—like modifiers—pondering their functions. Were they in for possession, or did their presence suggest a multitude of charges? Commas found themselves scattered, unsure of where to go and how many of them were necessary. Meanwhile, the semi-colons, colons and em-dashes jockeyed for position in the […]
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The Staff

Joe salivated, imagining what the staff might serve tonight. Lobster Thermidor, a Porterhouse steak… A gong sounds. The guard, Nguyen Trai, slips a half bowl of cold rice between the bamboo bars, as he’d done every evening for the last seven years.  

Voodoo Woman

Tangerine sun sinks behind live oaks dripping with musky Spanish moss wild gleam in agate eyes, Voodoo woman waits ‘til the time is right.