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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I Quote, You 'Ku - Day 31

The taste
    of rain
Why kneel?

~Jack Kerouac 

Something a little different today, on my birthday. Above is my favourite haiku, which I wrote about here. You can either write a haiku response to today's "quote" or, seeing as it is a haiku, you can choose to write the prose portion of the haibun. It's up to you. Have fun! I look forward to reading your responses.

Click here for the first post on how I Quote, You 'Ku works. Every poet who posts a poem this month will be entered into the draw to win a copy of A New Resonance 8.


  1. after church a grackle
    a fruit held in its beak

  2. when dark clouds hover,
    the sky reaches for delight.
    denied, it cries tears

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  3. tracking sand
    on my face
    salt tears

  4. That first night last year
    I knelt before my new lord
    and swore fealty

  5. first rain--
    the barren ground
    in colour

  6. birds confused
    thunder lightning hail
    then a rainbow

  7. The taste
    of rain
    – Why kneel?

    ~Jack Kerouac

    the rural years
    cloudburst welcome; grab the soap
    as we run outside

  8. constant rain -
    still the skylark

  9. after the rain mud pies baking in the sun

  10. July 31: rain

    Heaven opened,
    windows doors rattled,
    we watch the water rise
    on the side of the hill.

    (I've collected the names for rain (and sun) - over 200 with foreign slang, song titles and objects. This is the rewrite of one.)

    Gary B

  11. two months of drought--
    surprise lilies face
    the noon-day sun