Poetry Friday: Found Haiku from William Stafford

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Yes, I am cross posting and also creating a found haiku from this poem.

Thank you to  Violet at Violet Nesdoly | Poems for hosting Poetry Friday.

Throughout January in Oregon, one can find many celebrations honoring William Stafford born this month.

With the political climate and this day, I went to the files of Stafford in search of an appropriate poem to share. From Poetry Foundation:

Peace Walk

We wondered what our walk should mean,
taking that un-march quietly;
the sun stared at our signs— “Thou shalt not kill.”
Men by a tavern said, “Those foreigners . . .”
to a woman with a fur, who turned away—
like an elevator going down, their look at us.
Along a curb, their signs lined across,
a picket line stopped and stared
the whole width of the street, at ours: “Unfair.”
Above our heads the sound truck blared—
by the park, under the autumn trees—
it said that love could fill the atmosphere:
Occur, slow the other fallout, unseen,
on islands everywhere—fallout, falling
unheard. We held our poster up to shade our eyes.
At the end we just walked away;
no one was there to tell us where to leave the signs.
William Stafford, “Peace Walk” from The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by William Stafford.
An interesting piece about this POEM.

FOUND HAIKU FROM PEACE MARCH

a picket line stopped
wondered what our walk should mean
held our poster up
their signs lined across
love could fill the atmosphere
slow the other fallout
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5 Responses to Poetry Friday: Found Haiku from William Stafford

  1. cvarsalona says:

    I came back to read beyond Stafford’s poem and am intrigued by how you wove your found poem. You took a poem revolving around another decade and brought it to contemporary times. I hear that the marches will continue to be a movement in the future.

  2. Joyce Ray says:

    A sign at our Concord, NH March today: Justice is what Love looks like. Stafford’s poem is just perfect for this time, Jone. I love the lines you found to create your own poem.

  3. We still need the signs today. Great found haiku.

  4. Yes, yes, yes, “love could fill the atmosphere.” I hope–no, I’m convinced–we can.

  5. “love could fill the atmosphere” – let’s all fill the atmosphere with love, and let it drown out the fear and the hate. Beautiful.

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