Haiku for an Empty House
Winter. Stark sheets still.
Furniture wrapped like corpses.
No touch of hand. Dark.
Ice box walls and floors
Hold shrill cubes of frozen life,
Caught in their last scream.
Writing tips from Dave – follow the rules or break the rules – you’ll have a poem either way:
• For this opener each stanza is a haiku containing 3 lines of 5-7-5 syllables
• I’ve written it in the present tense
• Each stanza contains a kigo, which is a reference to a season
• There is a comparison in each stanza – a simile in the first, a metaphor in the second
• The house appears to have a history and may also have a future once the seasons progress