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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year's Eve we ate this last year

w. f. owen

12 comments:

ed markowski said...

10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1...

a
man
falls

in
Times
Square



happy new year bill,
ed

ed markowski said...

a
new
year

the
effervescence
of
alka
seltzer

in
a
champagne
flute



ed

Greg Schwartz said...

nice one! happy new year Bill!

w. f. owen said...

thanks greg and Happy New Year to
you and yours!

bill

w. f. owen said...

nice one ed!

happy new year!

bill

w. f. owen said...

thanks ed.

have a good new year!

bill

upinVermont said...

Hi Bill,


I can't make sense of this one.

What did you eat last year? New Year's Eve? Did you only eat on New Year's Eve last year?

Anyway, seems that others understood it.

It's me, not you. ;-)

w. f. owen said...

thanks patrick. well, it points to how haiku show and
don't tell i suppose. haiku have a range of how
much the reader supplies to "enter" the poetic
experience. this one leaves more "space" for
reader completion.

happy new year!
bill

Greg Schwartz said...

i don't think it needs to be stated what you ate... that's not the important part. the important part is that it's the eve of a new year, and you're eating the same thing you ate last time. this poem is a good example of how haiku can paint a complete picture with only the bare minimum amount of words.

w. f. owen said...

thanks greg, well put.

bill

upinVermont said...

Oh...

I see. I was treating "this last year" as the syntactic unit, rather than "we ate this".

I wasn't interested in *what* you ate.

I genuinely didn't understand your haiku - at all. The lack of punctuation (which isn't a bad thing) got me off on the wrong track. Looking at it again, it makes sense. Had to come back to it the next day.

w. f. owen said...

thanks patrick . . . and not every poem captures
every reader.

bill