Donald Hall

(20 September 1928 - / Hamden / Connecticut)

Distressed Haiku - Poem by Donald Hall

In a week or ten days
the snow and ice
will melt from Cemetery Road.

I'm coming! Don't move!

Once again it is April.
Today is the day
we would have been married
twenty-six years.

I finished with April
halfway through March.

You think that their
dying is the worst
thing that could happen.

Then they stay dead.

Will Hall ever write
lines that do anything
but whine and complain?

In April the blue
mountain revises
from white to green.

The Boston Red Sox win
a hundred straight games.
The mouse rips
the throat of the lion

and the dead return.


Comments about Distressed Haiku by Donald Hall

  • Fabrizio Frosini (5/22/2016 4:57:00 AM)


    ... only a few are real haiku... (Report) Reply

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  • (4/29/2014 8:38:00 AM)


    Hall creates such beautiful haiku's! (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang (4/27/2014 3:51:00 AM)


    riveting haikus. Well done (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2010)


    You think that their
    dying is the worst
    thing that could happen.

    Then they stay dead.

    That reached right into the hole in my soul-and squeezed.
    It would have been 13 years for me-second wife.
    And I still miss her.
    (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (12/3/2006 9:38:00 AM)


    Very creative poem Donald, yes very interesting, I like it.---Melvina-- (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (6/25/2006 10:05:00 AM)


    real lovely poem donald. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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