Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted December 18, 2016

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Haiku Club Challenge # 1 fire

haiku suite--burning warehouse traps

by Sis Cat


burning warehouse traps
revelers inside brick walls—


sun shines hot above
cold warehouse where people burned
cemetery chills


after winter rains
smoke's stench remains around pyre—
do I smell cremains?


glimpsed through blasted door
charred Shiva carving rules wreck
destroy and create


sputtering candles
crowd sidewalk memorial
lives extinguished, lost


left near burnt ruins
flaming red poinsettias
Christmas without friend



Haiku suite (fire) inspired by my December 14 visit to the burned-out ruins of the Ghost Ship Warehouse in Oakland, California. Those who read my previous poem "Ghost Ship" know that on December 2, a fire killed thirty-six people during a concert. I composed my haiku suite from impressions of things I smelled, saw, and felt when I visited the memorial outside of the ruins. I intend each haiku to stand alone and work together as a group.

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Robyn Corum, Haiku 101 student
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Dean Kuch, Haiku 101 student
Lu Foster
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Alex (krys123)
Gypsy Blue Rose, Haiku 101 Teacher

I photographed the interior of the warehouse.

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