Posts Tagged ‘London’

I Won A Gold Medal: Revolutionary Iambic Poem

September 12, 2012

I won a gold medal in London
though I competed in no race.
I was simply having fun
eating curry in a crowded place.

I asked a family of three
if I could sit at their table.
They gladly made room for me
and so I ate when I was able.

But they, from Iran, were eager and willing
to talk to me of war,
of if our people saw them as chilling;
if we longed to even the score.

I spoke of what I’d heard from a hostage
kept at the embassy.
Of how he expressed no rage,
and spoke of their nation’s beauty;

Of the love of the people
of their warmth and kindness;
of how their government was evil
but their land was blessed.

And we laughed and talked about Texas
and the land spreading out so wide
for the Iranian daughter to visit
and saddle her yearning to ride.

I told them “Come to Wyoming!
Or Utah! Or Idaho!”
“There’s so much more to knowing
and so much more to show!”

We laughed and discussed heritage
and the way all people could be:
not filled with political rage,
but eating at the table of harmony.

So at a picnic table
on the banks of the dirty Thames
I won a gold medal for being able
to put away hate and become friends.

Will I give it up?
I do not care.
For with new friends to sup
is love I’ll gladly share.


What Is Art? At London’s Tanks: Revolutionary Haiku

August 5, 2012

My Wall Posting Answer To The Question at London's Tanks Art Museum: What Is Art?When I stand up and/
proclaim, in my soul’s words, thoughts,/
I am become Art.

London Travel Tips: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

August 4, 2012

I’m glad I didn’t/
go with my boss. He can hike/
the shoes off of me.

A London Ramadan Evening: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

August 4, 2012

Sitting near pipes of/
hookah, I order faroush /
outside in London.
On a Ramadan /
evening, I order faroush /
outside in London.

London’s Kite Lesson Day 3: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

August 4, 2012

In London I at/
last recall Mary Poppins’/
lesson about kites.

Butterfly Bush Memories: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

August 3, 2012

Thousands of miles from/
home, butterfly bushes take /
me back from London.

Unexpected London Calamity: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

August 2, 2012

An unexpected/
London calamity: Nose/
allergies explode.

Tempted To Go To Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

August 2, 2012

In the birthplace of/
my language, dare I stand on/
Corners and practice?

(P.S. I didn’t)

Why Is London Calling? Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

August 1, 2012

I’m leaving Magic/
because London’s calling me./
I’m wondering: Why?