February 7, 2017 by petrujviljoen


Copyright Petru J Viljoen

I offered you my past. Stupid, naive, blind. Meant it as a gift. To aid your understanding; your insight into the condition of another.Child. You took it. You added grit. Kneaded it into a consistency to your own likeness. You let it harden over a period of time. Then you stoned me with it.

When I came to I got up from where I was felled. I’ve grown beyond the point where I remain. Soiled.  I’m tired, though. There’s another room in my house…

Awash with silver

gifted light of summer’s moon –

matter dissolves to ether


Linked to Dverse and acknowledging first inspiration by the blog post on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Footnote: I edited this post today, 2 October 2017. The title changed from MW mpu to Resolute as that is the way it will appear in a future anthology which should appear quite soon. The last line of the haiku changed from ‘lead softens to gold’ to ‘matter dissolves to ether’. Petru.


23 thoughts on “Resolute

  1. Jana H White says:

    This one has an ephemeral spare beauty to it… that still point of vulnerability. Powerful writing…!

  2. susanmehr says:

    Powerful, and epiphany of strength. Heartfelt and beautiful.

  3. rosemawrites says:

    so heartfelt and beautiful

  4. Mish says:

    I like the “tip of the iceberg” feeling this gives me…and I have my own story that resonates too well with your words. This is dark, intense and beautifully written.

  5. Bev says:

    Pithily worded. Perfectly kaiku’d!

  6. M says:

    strongly penned – like overly strong coffee, bitter but bracing – alchemical, like your final line ~

  7. I’m not sure what to think, then I thought that’s because the person is confused who wrote it. Not to say that’s bad… Wow!

  8. Grace says:

    This has grit and pain under the gold ~ The emotional angst is subtle and effective with sparse words ~

  9. Such richness here even though the subject matter has a darkness to it…and the alchemical Haiku is just fantastic.

  10. This got me thinking of the Pygmalion myth.. the creation of a mistress… kneading, and leaving spoiled. The haiku and the artwork adds dimensions of solace that contrast and complements the prose. Great work

  11. ladynyo says:

    At first I started to laugh..that is quite an opening…then I didn’t….I fell entranced, and read this over and over, and I find it very layered. There is something very moving here, but that is obvious….the haiku is lovely in the end. I will be back.

  12. Wolfsrosebud says:

    Reminds me of chasing moonlight

  13. I like the way the prose slips into the poem, seamlessly.

  14. frankhubeny says:

    I like the idea of gifts being thrown back as stones.

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