Fridge Haiku

sadly stands without harvest
but still there is life

About PoetJanstie

“Life is short and art long, the crisis fleeting, experience penniless and decision difficult” ~ Hippocrates. As a young man, John enjoyed being fit and sporting. It was then as much his recreational therapy as a cappella harmony singing, music, walking in the hills and writing is now. Playing Rugby Union for over twenty years, encouraged in the early days by a school that was run on the same lines as Gordonstoun, giving shape and discipline to a sometimes precarious early life. This fitness was enhanced by working part time jobs in farming, as a leather factory packer and security guard, but probably not helped, for a short time, by selling ice cream! His professional working life was spent as a Metallurgical Engineer, Marketing Manager, Export Sales Manager, Implementation Manager and Managing Director of his own company. Thirty five years spent, apparently in a creative desert, raising a family, pursuing a career and helping to pay the bills, probably enriched his experience, because his renaissance, on retirement, realised a hidden creative talent as a writer of prose and poetry. He also enjoys music, with a piano and a forty-nine year old Yamaha FG140 acoustic guitar. He sings bass in three a cappella harmony groups: as a founding member of a mixed voice chamber choir, Fox Valley Voices and a mixed barbershop quartet. He is also a member of one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, Hallmark of Harmony (the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club), who, for the eighth time in 40 years, became UK Champions in 2019. He is also a would be (once upon a time or 'has been') photographer with drawers full of his own history, and an occasional, but lapsed 'film' maker. In his other life, he doubles as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend and Family man. What he writes is sometimes autobiographical, often political, sometimes dark and frequently pins his colours to the mast of climate change and how humans are trashing the Earth. In 2013, he published an anthology of the poetry (including his own) of an international group of poets, who met on Twitter in 2011. He produced, edited and steered the product of this work, "Petrichor Rising", to publication by Aquillrelle. His sort of strapline sort of reads: “ iWrite iSing iDance iVolunteer ”
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4 Responses to Fridge Haiku

  1. Danstie says:

    Very short poem, but I like where you’re going with it. I enjoy lyrics and poetry about everyday life, with a touch of obscurity!


    • PoetJanstie says:

      Thanks for your comment, Danstie (I wonder if the world will think we’re related!?)
      Yes, Haiku is an old Japanese form of poetry, which has gained much popularity in recent years. The key to haiku is it’s brevity, the art of good haiku, apart from its very specific structure, is that the message is far greater than the number of words [as in all poetry, which should distil and condense the message by clever use of language, metaphor and imagery]. You’re right about obscurity, in a way; in essence, this is what you get with much good poetry; it makes you think and take a different perspective on life.


    • PoetJanstie says:

      Actually, it was I who got a fridge magnet Haiku kit for Christmas and it is this that I used to create the above. Interesting challenge with a limited number of words to chose from.


  2. John says:

    I note your haiku about the fridge. I got a fridge magnet haiku kit for Christmas! How cool is that!


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