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Issue 10: October 2021
Poem: 95 words
By Bob Lucky
[Featured Artist]

4th Grade Poetry Lesson: Haiku

 
It was just like this: 
A jumble of syllables 
That stumbled and hissed. 
 
Nature’s magic wand 
Could always conjure a frog 
Plopping in a pond 
 
And cherry blossoms, 
Images that didn’t fit 
My topic: possums. 
 
We learned about trees 
And onomatopoeia—
The whoosh of a breeze. 
 
Rhyme was forbidden, 
But those raised on Dr. Suess 
Put hats on kittens. 
 
And when we were done, 
There was a test to measure 
What should have been fun. 
 
Some felt we’d been tricked, 
But I hoped that in fifth grade 
We’d write limericks. 

 

Bob Lucky
Issue 10, October 2021

is a regular contributor to haiku, haibun, and tanka journals. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Flash, Rattle, Modern Haiku, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, SurVision, Haibun Today, The Haibun Journal, and Contemporary Haibun Online (the latter for which he served as content editor from July 2014 thru January 2020).

His chapbook of haibun, tanka prose, and prose poems, Ethiopian Time (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), was an honorable mention in the Touchstone Book Awards. His chapbook Conversation Starters in a Language No One Speaks (SurVision Books, 2018) was a winner of the James Tate Poetry Prize in 2018. He is also the author most recently of a collection of prose poems, haibun, and senryu, My Thology: Not Always True But Always Truth (Cyberwit, 2019); and an e-chapbook, What I Say to You (proletaria.org, 2020).

 
 
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