Tuesday 21 May 2024

Ten Haiku Poems by John Pappas


Ten Haiku

the last tremor

of a damselfly’s wing:


fatherless a paper boat taking on water


the church bells fill

with silence

huddled outside

the empty village

quaking aspens

perseid shower

a harvest of gold

star mothers


the index of our


hiking alone

a conversation

with my father

perseid hunting the silence between stars


will she ever finish


rereading the book of genesis spring wind

John Pappas is a poet and teacher whose work has appeared in many poetry journals and anthologies. His haiku have garnered a 2023 Trailblazer award, a silver medal in the 2023 Ito En New Haiku Grand Prix, and Best in the United States in the 2023 Vancouver Invitational. His longer poetry has twice been selected for the Mayor of Boston's Poetry Contest (2016 and 2020). As drummer and lyricist of the punk rock band Heather Hates You, he has recorded two albums and toured extensively. John lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two daughters, and has taught literature and general semantics in the Boston area for over 25 years. 

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