A Monoku Anthology

A Monoku Anthology

by

Mick Talbot

*****

love yourself to know –  memories all of your very own
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memories of the moment – my one love has lost her way
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Christmas day boxing day done – new year happiness and fun
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winter garden looking worse for ware –  hedgehogs fast asleep
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one more day so lucky  –  presents for all my life to come
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protect mother earth love nurturer her – i do do you
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wild birds looking so hungry – cats don’t starve in winter time
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frogs are croaking jumping for joy – an early spring again
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the master practice makes perfect –  me i’m just having fun
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a hobby self indulgence – play so much more fun for all
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you guilty of self indulgence – my poetry my plight
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speak your mind should you need – don’t forget indulge others too
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abeyance unknown time – why procrastinate do it now

All on this page © Mick Talbot 2016/17


Footnote: Not new to poetry, however the Japanese styles have me hooked. Unfortunately and with much respect, I have found controversy is rampant. Albeit all authors do agree on the origins,  but all the do’s and don’ts  and other aspects seem to be all over the place. As is the case with one line haiku, monoku. A normal haiku consist  of three lines in 5-7-5 syllable format, and the general consensus holds to that with a proviso that each line can be lees, fine until one finds experienced authors exceeding/breaking a basic rule. Back to monoku, based on the 3 line haiku the guide lines, in general concur, with 17* or less for the syllable count. In my research endeavours I come across monoku of up to 26 syllables, scratches head, then moves on only to find that there is a lot about monoku that needs ratifying. There was one anomaly I came across that was the apparent dropping of monoku with  a preference for ‘One liners’, irreverent I think as the phrase is normally associated comedic jokes, that is not to say humour cant be found in a monoku.

* I must confess that I had the number 14 in my head whilst composing the above, but if the same rule that applies to the 3 line format  then I think I have no need to worry, unless of course someone knows different.
NB Critiques most welcome.
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Anna Cottage says:

    All I know is, I like what you put out. Mick, all the very best.

    Liked by 1 person

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