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Our Rowdy Pack Song

June 10, 2009

a hay(na)ku*

moon, wheeling
just like me.

synaptic trash
caught sweet
in blue-violet mercies

glory-headed girl,
smashed diamond skies

tilt a-whirl,
twist and all-fall-down.

river coursing
bloodstream’s ancient dreams

into beatitude
unravelling like me,

somersault into
infinity’s unformed matter

that fire-
eating the open door?

peat-y fingers
down my throat?

a hot-blue-star
unhitched and free-wheeling

a pleiade,
bartering my soul.

this cage
of inkblue heaven

my mercies,
fill my mouth,

deep beyond
the oh-so-watchful stars,

non-stellar objects
wheeling lopsided within.

by Holly Anderson and Caroline Beasley-Baker

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*Hay(na)ku is a 21st century verse form invented by poet and publisher Eileen Tabios, who launched the first Hay(na)ku challenge to the world at large via the web on June 12, 2003 (Philippine Independence Day). The “traditional” form of a hay(na)ku entails:

  • A tercet: 3 lines.
  • A total of 6 words: 1 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 3 in the third line.
  • There is no restriction on syllables, stresses, or rhymes.

Then, in 2007, Tabios issued an online invitation to poets to join in groups of three or more to create “chain” hay(na)ku with each tercet moving between voices as in a conversation or a traditional “parts” song. “Our Rowdy Pack Song” is a poetic duet that loosely interprets the form.

  1. Eileen
    June 11, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Ay naku! “smashed diamond skies”!!! This is just lovely! Very happy to read it and thanks for the hay(na)ku!
    Eileen Tabios

  2. June 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    There’s a wonderful sense of movement from stanza to stanza here.

  3. Deb
    June 12, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Gorgeous trail. Love the bending of rules and the road. (Great title, too.)

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