About Mikels Skele

Poet. Explainer. Foreigner-at-large.

Friday haiku 34

This is your brain on haiku.

Learn to love sparrows
they said. I did.
Now there’s love on every corner.

Learn to love sparrows
they said. I did.
Now there are starlings.

Learn to love sparrows
they said. I did.
But so did the kestrel.

Learn to love sparrows
they said. I did.
They are jealous lovers.

Learn to love sparrows
they said. I did.
They’re building a condo in the rose garden.

The old country

They say in the old country
that lighthouses are for keepers;
better make your own way.
They say eyes are like knives piercing your heart;
better stay low and move fast.

They say in the old country
that hopes are like lovers;
better check your promises.
They say dreams are fragile
and fall from heads like autumn leaves;
better watch your step.

They say shelter is for beggars;
better nail your secrets to the wall.