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It's Time For Haiku

Updated on May 7, 2020
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Russ writes on relationships, people management, music, and poetry. He is originally from South Africa and now lives in the UK.

And Now It's Time For Haiku

internal seasons

my autumn leaves are falling

i’m ready for change

living in the now

making the most of my time

try not to be late

many years gone by

seems like only yesterday

a long time ago

no grey in my hair

even though i’m an old man

i’m fooling no-one

got no time to waste

my life moves on at a pace

wrinkles tell the tale

we never grow up

emotions keep us in child

toys thrown out the cot

this concept called time

it sneaks up in a minute

as your life ticks by


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      Carmen Campo 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Big thanks, Russ! That's a great tip indeed. Will try doing that both in English and in our native tongue.

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      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Carmen, and thank you! I really appreciate your comments. One tip I got from Larry (Maven101), is to write a haiku every morning. This helps to get into the habit and let a haiku emerge rather than trying to formulate it. Every now and again an instinctive haiku jumps out and the reward is fantastic. Please try it. Russ

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      Carmen Campo 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      My thank you first goes to dohn121 who made a link to this hub. Beautiful haiku poems you've got here, Russ, and perfect images to go with them. In our fast-paced world Haiku stands out as both short and sweet and yet not in a hurry.The economy of thought is not curt but profound -- and those 3 lines pack a huge amount of insight. I would love to write a memorable haiku poem someday, too. Thanks for inspiring us, Russ!

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      Russ Baleson 

      11 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Tony, thanks! I know your haiku will be great. Start with one. It doesn't have to take time. Go well. Russ

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      Tony McGregor 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Great stuff, Russ, thank you. I really must have a go at writing haiku sometime soon. There's taht time thing again. I'm working on a Hub about poetry and time also. Itsw a bit stuch at this moment but will get out there soon!

      Thanks again for sharing such wonderful haiku and pix. Where the hell do you find them?

      Love and peace


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      Russ Baleson 

      11 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      I love your long-winded comments. You've been a significant inspiration which has given me confidence to keep writing. Thanks Larry!

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      Larry Conners 

      11 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Wonderful images Russ...When I think of time, as a tangible object, I am reminded of a line from Heller's " Catch-22 " where one of the characters states he wants to live as long as he can, and his way of achieving that longevity is by doing the most boring activities he can find...his premise: boring is time consuming at a very slow when I get on the treadmill in the morning..Time drags on forever trying for the 45 minute mark...So perhaps that is the secret; listen to the blowhards, read long-winded comments like mine, or just empty your mind of everything and float on a cushion of ennui...Or maybe, like Jim Croce, keep time in a bottle, and savor it now and then like a fine wine...

      Thank you for this wonderful and sensitive haiku, which I always enjoy reading aloud...Larry

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      Russ Baleson 

      11 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thank you Dohn. Looking forward to reading your haiku.

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      11 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Love the haikus, love the pics, Russ. I especially love the theme. Time is of the essence. I have to write some haikus, as you've awaken in me the old (or younger?) haiku writer in me! Thank you.


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