Searching for Balance

I’ve always loved wee bits that pack a punch (I wonder if that’s why I like haiku, senryū, and my friend Rommy so much…). Anyhoo, below I’ve shared a trio of senryū (or human haiku) that are based on the characters and setting of “The Darker Fringes”, my latest short story. If you read the story, would you mind letting me know if the poetic trio sounds like a micro review of it to you?

between blood and fire,
a woman at the crossroads—
walking in the dark

a man isn’t always
truth shining in the mirror—
bright murk is layered

darker and brighter,
reality kisses myth—
in search of balance

for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Micro Poetry
Poets United, Poetry Pantry 282

Searching for Balance
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69 thoughts on “Searching for Balance

  1. I would say it speaks quite truly to the characters and their motivations in the story. But, they are, also, totally able to stand on their own merit if the story has not been read! Well done!

    • WoooHooo! Thanks so much for telling me. I’ve been re-reading old stories (as I prepare the collection to be published in the spring, and work on the novel set in the world of Pre-Chaos). I like the idea of sharing bits with you, without giving too much away… poetry bits feels like the way to go. So I wanted to test it. 🙂

  2. I agree with Sharon, they definitely speak to the story and it’s characters, I am so captivated by this story as much as I was the characters and stories that came out of “Thorn in Red”; and you know how bad that obsession is lol

  3. Yes Ms Wicked, a condensed strong brew containing essential ingredients…
    ‘Reality kisses myth’ fav 3 words… Yum
    Story birthing haiku 🙂
    another generation, a small bundle of words born in the likeness of its parent…

  4. I agree with Sharon, a poem should stand on its own without another writing or picture. A lot of poems are used for illustration of a story or picture. Problem is, they in themselves help guide interpretation of a perhaps weak poem or one with stronger meaning of a different genre.
    Yours will stand, although I doubt my interpretations would mirror your story. I do feel sorry for the “woman at the crossroads” however. I don’t think she stands a chance unless she has a rescuer.

  5. Love the first. Seems to be a woman searching for some mysterious solace now at the crossroads of decision making. Wonder if there’s any connection or reference to Capt of Crossroads!


  6. Delightful senryu, Magaly (and laughing at your addition of Rommy to your list of short, punch-full things) I think these poems speak of many qualities in the human condition, as well as carry a feeling of plot and character that reflects your much more layered and complex story–still, they have that tension and that sense of struggle. I love them all, but I believe the second is my favorite.

  7. I like them all, Magaly. So much truth. So true that man isn’t always truth shining in the mirror….thinking of politicians especially today! Really so much depth in your words. Lots to read between the lines.

  8. The three senryu tell a story read together. I haven’t read your book so I don’t know how close to your characters they are.

    I read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. And what stood out for me was mans greed

    Thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime today

    Much love…

    • Thanks for reading, Gillena. 🙂

      These poem are not related to Heart of Darkness, I just got the picture from that article. But yes, there is a lot of greed in the novella. I feel that is mostly about all the ugliness that surrounds imperialism and hypocrisy, and we all know how much greed those two often spawn.

  9. Reality kissing myth… intriguing and I wish I had the time to read the short story – It’s 2 am as it is and a busy week ahead. Beware of those “too good to be true knights in shining armor”!

  10. I suppose no other being man or otherwise can be complete truth – thought which really resonated…we all carry our secrets and veneer…balance is indeed key – within ourselves and in our relationships with others..

    • I think that “complete truth” is a elusive as “perfection”; we can certainly find a comfortably human spot in between, but just like it happens with all absolutes… they are never obtained.

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