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Wednesday, January 14, 2009


mountain sunrise
the rattle of a truck
headed somewhere else
[First published in Magnapoets 3]


Blogger Devika said...

Hate scene of trucks disturbing the view of sunrise when I travel early morning...

But it made a good haiku, Bill :)


7:20 PM  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

Truckers have hard lives...

7:24 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

good one Bill

1:01 AM  
Blogger Masago said...

Brings to mind some pleasant memories.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Magyar said...

Morning Menu:
1, North; 3, East;
2, South; 4, West;
5, "somewhere else."
Five_? The crux of dream. This, a fine one Bill!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Truckers are out early, and as Gautami says, they have hard lives. In fact, my father was one. Maybe that's why in this moment I felt a sense of liberation in knowing that the truck was headed somewhere else, and that my father's years of hard work had freed me to a different kind of life. Thanks to Gautami, and to Devika, John, Vaughn, and Magyar for your responses.

12:47 PM  
Blogger polona said...

a stark contrast between the natural beauty and the necessties of life... excellent one.

1:00 PM  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

yes, somewhere else....

7:23 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thank you, polona and Andrew.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

somewhere else was a bit surprising
to me

much love

8:54 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

I think there should always be a bit of a kick, including but not limited to surprise, in the last line, Gillena. Thanks for the commnet.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

L3 is very interesting;
sunrise = east, yes.
A rattling truck (not seen?)
heading -- north, south, perhaps towards west. Not told; main point is that the truck is a waning element here, as a waning moon?

And mountain sunrise; the mountain-top sunrise; somewhat later then?

As my Lappish friend told me that during the summer nights they don't see the sun, because the sun is behind the fjelds, or mountains. He is living in a valley, 70 deg North.

But, an interesting haiku, again, Bill.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this--a common occurrence in my world!

1:43 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, tikkis. This was written during a visit to British Columbia. I like your reading.

Thank you, lyn.

6:50 PM  
Blogger jem said...

For me I see a link between the sun and the truck both who are on the move to 'somewhere else'.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Good reading, jem. Of course, our intellect tells us that the sun stands still, but our perceptions tell a different story, and that is often what guides our feelings.

8:33 AM  
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