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Uncommon Beauty - haiku

Updated on January 2, 2013
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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Some of the most beautiful people I know and the most beautiful objects I see, to the first glance of many, seem ugly or frightening. I see their beauty.

What is beauty anyway?

After all, a diamond is just a rock; and isn't a butterfly just an ugly bug with pretty wings?


Him

Smell of gas. Cigars.

Filthy shirt on oil-stained pants.

Bootprints in snow. Gone.


The Orb

Purest color white.

Soft curves. Smooth and cool to touch.

Solitary Skull.



Her

Cold as glacial ice.

Thick skin painted with tattoos.

She melts in your arms.


The Insect

Six legs. Antennae.

Long probocscis. Compound eyes.

Lovely stained glass wings.


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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love you Haikus. They speak volumes. Good job!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      rebeccamealey - Thank you. I have just recently started writing them and I am in love with the form. Maybe someday I will make a book illustrated by my artist friends. For now I pop a few on hubpages every few days for fun. :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dana Teresa,

      Your Haiku are great! I can't wait to read more.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting haikus - I like the imagry.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Daisy - Thank you! I love writing them. It would be a dream come true if I could put them in a book some day.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      suzettenaples - These are definitely different than the other ones I have done. I thought I would show a different side of me. I am glad you liked them.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome Haiku Dana! Looking forward to more!:)

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Sunshine625 - Thank you! I wasn't quite sure how well received this one would be... It is really fun posting one or two of these a week. Like a little gift to myself, and all you hubbers of course. :)

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I've always appreciated and enjoyed Haiku poems and this was excellent. Voted up and beautiful :)

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Olde Cashmere - Thank you so much. After I did some research on Haiku and began writing them I have begun to appreciate the simple complexity and emotion. I am glad to see that I am doing the form justice.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow, DanaTeresa very imaginative haiku.

      loved it!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Ruchira- Thank you. I am so please to be getting positive responses. Of course I write because I love it, but I also love giving people interesting and enjoyable things to read.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Interesting... different... and awesome :)

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Rosemary50 - Great! Just what I was going for. So glad you liked it! :)

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      traslochimilano 5 years ago from USA

      Interesting haiku Dana and looking forward to more awesome haiku like this. Votes Up

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      tralochimilano - Thanks for the vote up! I look forward to writing more

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What an interesting contrast. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      alcosin - Thank you for the votes! And thank you for commenting. It is very important to me that I connect to readers in some way, no matter how small.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      I love these- as you say finding beauty in unlikely places and unconventional objects is in the eye of the beholder and the human prerogative. Your imagination and your aesthetics displayed here - especially in the simple haiku format speaks volumes. Beautifully done. voted up!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Docmo - Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. It means a lot to me to know that you enjoyed my writing... That beautiful dirty guy I wrote of is the one that helped me to see the true beautiy of the human skull. He put me in touch with a side of myself that I am glad was brought to the surface.

      I fell in love with Haiku after I saw a lot of hubbers doing it. Being a total nerd, I have studied up on the form. It is amazing. I plan on writing more and compiling them in a book illustrated by my friends. It may never get published, but then again, who knows.

      Thanks also for the vote, follow, and fan mail...See you around!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Thank you. I also love the haiku and wanted to create soem with pictures/Haiku combination ( it is called Haiga) I did a couple of hubs last year on thsi theme called 'Ten Haiku for love' and 'More Haiku for love'. I love the simplicity yet the ability of the haiku to speak volumes! Best wishes on your Haiku project.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Docmo - thanks for the additional information. I will definitely check out your hubs. You have me extra excited now. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Beautiful--especially the first one for me--

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      AudreyHowitt - thank you. so nice to see ou here.... The first one was inspred by my feelings for someone I know. Inspiration like that always seems to result in my best work.... hoping to add a few more to this.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice use of words in these haikus.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Angelo52 - thank you! To me, that is a fantasctic compliment...I think I adore words like most girls love diamonds!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Wow! This is a challenge to the mind....makes us stop and think. Very nicely done Dana. Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      tillsontitan - THANK YOU! I wrote these a while ago and they never got many views. I really apprecieate you taking the time to commnet. I will be adding a few more.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      how awesome is this poem.. I love it Dana..

      How are you doing my friend?

      I pray you have a happy new year

      Debbie

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Keep 'em coming Dana!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Debbie - so nice to know this has merit. I wrote it so long ago and it has just been sitting. Now that I have more input, I will be adding to it.....

      I have had a rough few weeks. I am ok though. THank you for asking.

      Hope you are well.

      Happy New Year!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      tillsontitan - Yes Ma'am! With that coming from an avatar such as yours, I don't dare disapppoint! :)

      Have a wonderful New Year.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dana,

      Your additions to your haiku collection are terrific! "Her" is brilliant!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Beautiful haiku, Dana. Please share more. Passing these on!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Daisy - I have you to thank for the additions. The idea to add a "her" haiku was brilliant. Thank you so much, you are a great friend.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Michelle - thank you! Perhaps I will give a face lift to a few more... thanks for sharing and for your support. hugs!

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