Haiku by Alan Summers: June 14, 2017

winds of heaven
the wars we inflict
on each other

 

 

by Alan Summers
From the “Girl In An Owl” haibun
Hedgerow, #110, May 2017

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15 Responses to Haiku by Alan Summers: June 14, 2017

    • haikutec says:

      Thank you! Yes, we are constantly at war, which is strange considering we’ve had two world wars, and yet we seem to want more.

      Alan

      • Not sure about the prelude to WWI but, just coming out of the Great Depression, no one wanted WWII — very few of the Germans even, wanted another war. I’m guessing 98% of the population today just wants a peaceful existence…but there are always those few desperate hotheads that keep the fires going among the discontent.

      • A thoughtful haiku, for sure.

    • haikutec says:

      Ah, well WWI was weird in that it was the various Royal families all related to the British Queen Victoria. The most deadly of domestic disputes on a world scale. And of course Adolph Hitler was a young corporal and aspiring artist at the time.

      As an amateur historian for decades, and since I found out the Roman Empire lasted an extra 1000 years, which wasn’t mentioned in history books at the time, the repercussions of war go strongly back to them, and who could be the first to be the next Roman Empire or British Empire. Deadly ambitions, plus conflict produces vast profits.f

      Alas the hotheads are fuelled by very ‘cool’ heads wanting so much money they probably couldn’t even spend it in two lifetimes. I wish we could create a war planet just for the money and war mongers.

      Alan

    • haikutec says:

      Thank you! Just hearing about the secret wars two big Western countries are engaged in, and I wonder why we do this, and yet complain when there’s retaliation. It’s such a small planet, beautifully blue too.

      Alan

  1. Paul Beech says:

    An outstanding haiku, and sadly so true of the human condition. Would love to see the whole haibun.

    Best,

    Paul

    • haikutec says:

      Thank you!

      winds of heaven
      the wars we inflict
      on each other

      Alan Summers
      From the “Girl In An Owl” haibun
      Hedgerow, #110, May 2017

      The haibun is currently in the occasional print version of Hedgerow here:
      https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/110-spring-print-issue/

      At some point I will post it onto Area 17. We are now running our second sold out Passion of Haibun online workshops, and hope to do a third later this year.

      I have another haiku coming up to do with war, although it’s also a seasonal reference. It too appears in a haibun, an allegorically science fiction treatment. I’ll post a link when it appears later this week.

      Deep gratitude for your words and support, always appreciated.

      Alan

    • Thanks for commenting, Paul.

  2. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    Humans are in constant conflict, and it always amazes me that some of us attempt something different. One day we may have peace, perhaps?

  3. So true…
    Wonderful poem, congrats Alan Summers.
    Best,
    Eufemia

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