You know I like a bit of poetry but I’ve never tried haiku.
Then I came across Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge and, what do you know, I thought, give it a go, son.
The prompt requires you to include two words ‘force’ and ‘free’ this week and to broadly follow the form set out:
Three lines, five, seven, five syllables, and with the middle line linking back to line one and forward to line three with a contrast between 1/2 and 2/3. I think that’s right.
My first takes inspiration from the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the V&A museum in London and the Mexican protest movement, embroidering for peace
Bordeamos Por la Paz
They were taken by force
From their loved ones, who now sew
Freedom on their rags
My second is a homage to this morning’s breakfast disaster
Jam with everything
Toast done, jam next. Force
The lid off – push, pull, pop. Free!
Jam on toast, dog, tiles.
(I think Ronovan wants a twitter handle: this is mine @geofflepard)