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Guitar Haiku

Updated on November 25, 2015

Haiku Guitar?

Looking back I realise that I've been playing guitar as a hobby for well over forty years! That's amazingly difficult for me to believe. I still often feel like a teenage beginner enjoying the thrill of discovering new sounds, techniques and songs. Forty years of memories, feelings, emotions, expression, blues, and so much more that I felt I needed a vehicle to try to capture some of the essence of my guitar joy. And what better than haiku? Enjoy!


evoking passion

as i hold you to my chest

let us make music




turn the machine heads

playing an old chinese song

we call it tune ing


overwhelming joy

sounds like you cannot believe

a new set of strings


voice of yesteryear

making beautiful music

my lovely guitar



finding voice again

after a long rest in case

now making music


fits beneath my arm

like it’s part of my body

lets out what’s within


expressing myself

flowing deep inside of me

the sound resonates


not bob or hendrix

this one flows from deep within

this is my own song


listening for the space

the sound that happens in flow

brings tears to my eyes


rushing up the neck

playing some ass-kicking blues

pentatonic scale


my present to me

full-on sound of the twelve string

hand made yamaha



tears spring from our eyes

your smile my smile intertwined

we’re caught in the flow


we’re just two lost souls

we played so much together

i wish you were here


on your own upright

and mostly thanks to your name

standing ovation

The Old Guitarist - Picasso



where does it come from

words seep through from time gone past

muscle memory


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    • Debangee Mandal profile image


      2 years ago from India

      Wonderful article. Very rhythmic and musical. Loved the pictures too.

    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Larry. Yes, getting caught in the flow (particularly in music) is wonderful, and to be lucky enough to be sharing, and get caught in the flow at the same time as someone else is a life-time experience. Thanks as always for your comments.

    • maven101 profile image


      10 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Heavenly haiku, Russ... I particularly liked:

      " tears spring from our eyes

      your smile my smile intertwined

      we’re caught in the flow ".

      A 12 string guitar !! Now that is some serious fingering..

      Great pics...Thanks for this...Larry

    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Tony, it's playing so well now that it's mellowed.

    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Dohn, I appreciate your visit and comments.

    • tonymac04 profile image

      Tony McGregor 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Great stuff, Russ, and how well I remember your "standing Ovation!"

      Love and peace


    • dohn121 profile image


      10 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wonderful hub, Russ! Loved it.


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