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galateusrkayexcalibardarkayyecrypticbardarqiosarquiouskesner

long night

published at Asahi Haikuist Network

 

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarqiosexcalibardarquiouskesnerhaikusenryu

pact

would you
for the love of
me
tie this lace
upon a tree

when the wind
upon it blows
my heart
on yonder river flows

 

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

restlessness

Is remorse a prison to the soul
the sole utterance of reproach
that if not to myself be True
the possible best in life accrue


What if regret creeps on the morning
a thief stalking the shadow of dawn
a
fresh form, bare motive drawing
crystal arteries of a day that is new


or shall we allow the mind meander
let it's "work" find itself crowning
there in its core uncover simplicity
s...

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rkaygalateusarkayyecrypticbardarqiosexcalibardarquiouskesner

new days seen

a husk, a shell that's fallen off

the back that bore it's long day

a struggle supreme to be released

redeemed from odious yesterdays




i gaze at this in stupefied wonder

and peer into the dusky swirls

of the distant pealing thunder

that offers a promise of new days

 

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqioskesner

Life’s a broadway musical

 

 

life's a broadway musical

 

It's hard to hear yourself thinking

when hate on hate is all around

 

there's a cry for freedom ringing,

its price, to keep another bound

 

our goals require such liberties

which defy our mental capacities

 

we hope it's worth all th...

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RKaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesnerpriorities

be-lightedly

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being an unlit candle
an unlit match stick
will not suffice
 
neither the twain shall meet
 
unless you strike one
the other remains and
unless the lit shall kiss it
 
the other still abides
 
 
 
 
.
 

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rkaygalateusarkayyecrypticbardarqiosexcalibardarquiouskesner

you carry me each day

In a dream of night before me rose
I walked along an endless shore;
moist sand glowed a silvery pink,
danced to lights in the waning sun;
its length moving, curved around
dotted stars in the form of a heart.

I peered ahead and looked behind,
shifted my gaze from side to side;
waiting to catch a glimpse of you
and fall within your gaze as you
engaged my eyes in an embrace,
but only fee...

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

The Rhymester

There he goes pacing, this young man, 
I see his shadows through the shades; 
Drawn to lift them but didn't dare 
For then his face he hid and fled 

I know my shadow is all he'd see 
From behind the blinds that us divide 
He reaches out and reaches in 
His arms are weak, too frail and thin 

He cries out with all his being 
Screaming, cursing, with voiceless words; 
They fly and hurtl...

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rkaygalateusarkayyecrypticbardarqiosexcalibardarquiouskesner

deep sea diving

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people are our real legacy;
one day sure, entire poems
shall have been forgotten,


while remains a phrase or
a feeling drawn from wells
deeper than memory can


reach, or device can retrieve
much like thread-diving as
we scamper for posts buried


by traffic and flood posters…
follow, subscribe, or friend
buttons can only do so much


so we hang on to what ...

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rKaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyearqiosexcalibardarquiouskesner

that focal moment

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It may be dark;
but tonight
effervescent lights dance
to a blaring par-tay tune

 

while in the shadows, we parlay...

 

reach over me
and flick the switch;
let bokeh find clarity
in our fervent embrace.

 

 

 

 

.

 

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rkaygalateusarkayyecrypticbardexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

to write, once more

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Were it not for this resurrection
there would be no will to pick up yon pen.
Were it not for that temper, no spark
the tedious Obscure could rekindle.

Pardon is not for the weak to bestow;
magnanimity knows no better.
Pity can't fill the shoes of empathy nor
walk the bitter path from Sorrow's door.

Should there be found a kernel of truth
whence pledge a...

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

age appropriate dilemmas

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In this lifetime of striving
childhood's tentative bumbling,
youth's arrogant impertinence,
middle-aged regimented conceit,
in old age, encrusted intolerance;
when will we likely ever win?

 

 

 

.

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarqiosexcalibardarkayyearquiouskesner

desire

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flame
running faster than
you can flutter a lash
flash
rushing swifter than
we can sniff a flower
fresh
rippling quieter than
they can queue on Black
Friday

 

 

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rkaygalateusarkayyecrypticbardarqiosexcalibardarquiouskesner

twilight promise

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a husk, a shell that's fallen off 

the back that bore its longest day 

to struggle for release supreme 

from odious yesterday redeemed 




i gaze in stupefied wonder 

and peer into the dusky swirls 

of the distant pealing thunder 

that offers me a new day's thrill 

 

 

 

.

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

harvest

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over many moons and calendars
over many many miles of verse
both in sharing and receiving, lines
feeding an ever emptying purse
may these blossoms fruit among their vines

 

 

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rkaygalateusarkayyecrypticbardarqiosexcalibardarquiouskesner

reminder

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filled with melancholy
mood lit by lampshade
names and faces dissipate

weathered post it sticks
if only the memory did

 

 

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galateusrkaycrypticbardarkayyearqiosexcalibardarquiouskesner

Are you my butterfly?

`


My butterfly is no longer mine,
I wonder if she ever really was;
When she alights on my shoulder
I know she wants me to hold her -
Flies off and she's mine no longer.

My butterfly so frail and fine,
I wonder if I was ever hers;
When she returns to kiss me again
I know she's more than just a friend -
Flies off and gone forever more.





`


 

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

a whiff off camphor

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none of these life choices
are mine
though they are yours to enjoy
without so much as a batted lash
none of these improvisations 
are theirs
though we live barely existing
with not much more than breath

no choice could be given
no chance to chance upon
living and loving out of bounds
perimeter embankment of
social media static hairs
we aren't what we seem

should gladnes...

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

Cinderella dreaming

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The birthing of articulated expression
will always find its means of entering
into the world outside and beyond
the inner recesses of our awareness.

I love the wee and trippy hours of the
after midnight when the glass slipper
lay glimmering aloof in the moonlight
and the weary dreamer sets some
ink of thoughts onto the parchment
of a woozy head - too early in the day
to ...

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galateusrkaycrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

wash

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Spun out of control. 
Bobbing then pommeled, squashed then bloated. 
A lone occupant within the confines of a tumble dryer 
at full spin.... 
An impatient hand lifts the lid off 
with deft, well practised fingers 
hopeful that in so doing would speed up the process. 

The spinning abruptly stops 
resuming only when the lid is firmly shut 
securely in place. 
With a banging and...

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardarkayyeexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

simply, hope

 
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brioche mornings
bright, sunny
fluffy moorings
 
cast away
 
off sun-kissed
horizon, ne’er set
dreams astray
 
 
 
 
 

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galateusrkayarkayyecrypticbardexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

set this captive free

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there need not be iron bars
to keep a heart imprisoned
there is no white flag of surrender
nor o-d, nor cutting would resolve

nor does the coming-off of chains make one trully free
the stench of blood curdled cold
staining my cheek with ferrous-ity

on that flee bitten bunk each unforgiving night
a plaintive prayer wafts in upward draft
to rejoin the fraying bonds of you...

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardexcalibardarqiosarquiousarkayyekesner

seasonal heart

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in spite of what surrounds us 
whatever circumstances are 
we are learning to find peace 
within ourselves 
regardless of what's

 

going on around us, 
learning to self-soothe 
kind of thing and find 
we all are coming through 
to the other side, strong

 

persons we've missed; 
our friendships through, 
a new season approaching 
and a sense begins to...

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rkaygalateuscrypticbardexcalibardarqiosarquiouskesner

the pocket knife

Is it not a foe who taunts — 
that in itself could be borne? 
Is it not an enemy's tirades— 
from them one could hide? 
Instead, an arrogant intimacy—
life's equal, companion & friend. 

What close companionship 
now scattered in the chill
of uncaring autumn winds;
from familiar paths once  
walked together in gardens
of fond affection and glee.

 

 

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rkaygalateusarkayyearqiosarquiouscrypticbardexcalibardkesner

you ARE

You ARE,

however contrary your reality may be.

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rkaygalateusarkayyearqiosarquiouscrypticbardexcalibardkesner

a poet's tears

some time, somewhere out there

 

someone had said
that one part of poetry
is a reservoir that holds
all the sadness of this world

 

What then does this say of a poet?

 

it is not seen how
that portion poets bear
bare on virginal leaves
all their flight and fears

 

are tears morphed in pressed ink

 

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galateusrkayexcalibardcrypticbardarkayyearqiosarquiouskesner

considered exchanges

turn your gaze to power 
of life and death:
they lie dormant,
seeded potentialities;

a flower's expectancy
in each quiescent tongue
and those who love either 
will surely sup of their fruit

 

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galateusrkayexcalibardcrypticbardarqiosarquiousarkayyekesner

promise

when
wriggly worms are done
with you
i shall await 
sweet scent of blooms
that should some day
sprout and mark
this very spot
in which 
you last
reclined
that is, 
if i don't 
follow
after you

soon

 

 

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Fourteen days until your birthday, but you are no longer here. You have left us 10 weeks ago, Dad. All the special days are now another farewell.

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galateusrkaycrypticbardexcalibardarqiosarkayyearquiouskesner

crocus buds

crocus buds burst forth
peep and poke through dunes of white
winter bows to spring

when the sun begins to shine again
vital truths on wood-lined paths arise  


 

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galateusrkaycrypticbardexcalibardarkayyearqiosarquiouskesnerseasonal

Midnight Rendezvous

Join me in this boat of drunkenness, 
Come with me and we shall both be drunk. 
Let's sway beside what we think ourselves, 
Swerving as the waves swell beneath us; 
Lifting us to where lonely sounds warp, 
While many other things become clear. 


Come upon my mind, your tongue in mine, 
And utter words that rend this turmoil; 
The sound of madness not to be stilled, 
Our silent voices, ...

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galateusrkaycrypticbardarqiosarquiousexcalibardkesnerrimbaud

Spring's unfurling

When your winter breaks into spring
think of new and wonderful things

while autumn creeps passed your window
break this winter free of sorrow

wait upon seasons - wait on life
live each day loving - escaping 

weave each day's new strands - engaging
one day looking back - mem'ries rife.

 

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galateusexcalibardcrypticbardrkayarqiosarquiouskesnerseasonal

to write on sand

Where it not for one to play buffoon 

or to say of none we're way too soon

involved in peddling mass hysteria 

when it's been held in each posterior 

consciousness - makers of peace are

blessed. So ever to be near or far

we at our disposal have in hand

a power to write upon our sand.

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galateuscrypticbardexcalibardrKayarqiosarquiousKesner

elegy for Jonathan, the prince

stately tall you meekly stand
on your finger the signet band
for my sake you shunned your crown
for my breath your devotion fierce

you gave for me your sword and squire
your hospitality did never tire
proud brothers in battle or play
companions going about each day

in your shadow I had no care
my home's cupboards were never bare
song and merriment never missed
hunger a stranger to m...

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galateuscrypticbardexcalibardarqiosarquioskesnerrkay

hard of luck 🍀

hard of luck

There are shadows all over
Shining darkly in reverse;
Pointy ears of impish horns,
Whose stalks ravaged worn;
Chant rondeaus of curses
On a sea of four-leaf clover. 

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galateuscryptibardexcalibardrkayarqioskesner

harvest moon

shadowy sheets cover, 

dark, shining lips purse;

pointy ears prick skyward

as corn stalks pondered

chanting scarecrows curse

in a sea of dreams left over

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galateuscrypticbardexcalibardarqiosrkaykesnerpoempoet

Rotterdam

Red train rested at Rotterdam station
Over the border to meet a friend
Trains all over Europe pass here
Today is a bright and sunny day
Every person glows in its brightness
Realising not a former disaster, that
During the 40's destruction erupted
Along these very streets, evacuated
Murderous bombs wreaking havoc

 

 

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 N.B. It was 14th of May, 1940 when the Luftwaffe decimated ...

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galateuscrypticbardexcalibardrkaykesnerpoempoet

Ballad of Billy McGee

With disdain they looked upon one Billy McGee
a boy that promised never to be;
a rep that’s scarred and scratched,
for sure his name’s mismatched
as darker skin ya’ever did see
on blackish hair with reddish flecks of Billy McGee.

A red haired aboriginal boy
matches were only a toy
and he was caught red handed
and always branded
the troublesome fire starter.
Poor boy had no farda
he w...

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galateusexcalibardcrypticbardrkayarqioskesnerpoetpoem

no poetry by numbers

numbers do not the soul touch
or rouse from depths of reverie
whose shallow sepulchral beauty
surface deep revelations aplenty
plead with matrimonial vows, thus
parchment scribbles & ceremonies
do not a marriage make and
neither will ice cream make us
any colder after calories kick in
poetry's soul may ride its form
but transcends its empirical parts
its triumph for all to behold:
at l...

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galateuscrypticbardexcalibardrkaykesnerpoempoet

innit your day?

Belatedly, towing a rust-worn Saab, where
many dreams and adventures are wrenched
from a youngster's brooding petulance ...

Gravel crunches under a pair of balding tires
guttural screaming to a downbeat of debt
spewing silently from a tattered billfold.

What a present: timely to an empty fridge,
in the hallway, a growing pile of washing
impatiently reeking of malodorous intent.


 

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crypticbardgalateusrkayexcalibardkesnerpoempoet

uplift

In a distant future would humans feature
being caught up in the updraft of the uplift
perhaps to share in evolving genius' allure
of an artificial sapience, integrating shift
where teary cheeks merely lubricate or
excise moist, semiconducted underworks

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crypticbardgalateusexcalibardrkayarqiospoempoet

morphemic emissaries

As a projectile on its trajectory
the very kernel of a heart’s story
unfurls and beckons to those who care
allows for both sides, their minds declare
each line, each verse, each accentuated pause
altogether bring, joint longing; their inimitable cause

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crypticbardgalateusrkayarqiosexcalibardkesner

last night

wrote a poem in my head, last night

too lazy to get up and write it out

wasn't bothered to bring a pen

or a device to my bedside;

this morning was a beast

wringing my memory

for what had gone

all those words

now vanished

last night

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crypticbardgalateusarqiosexcalibardrkaykesnerpoem

only your BFF would truly understand

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paisley print
sunflower smile
sat alongside
a leopard that ate parsley
paw in hand
waiting on the sand
for flying fish
to skip upon
cobalt banners
as lazy breezes
pan flute recollections
of this Iberian summer

 

 

 

 

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It's all about a leopard that munches on parsley. Apart from family, friendship is the the best relationship you ...

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