re:

political election
my application to be
a) human

Alan Summers
Haiku News, Vol.2, No.24, 2013

So often we are either dehumanised by the bureaucracy of elections, or if we are unlucky enough, we might be demonised as well if we fall into a category that politicians are not comfortable about.

note:

For students of haiku you may note that I have used a strong allusion to a
haiku by Fay Aoyagi.

Fay Aoyagi’s work has been a strong influence on me ever since the famous
Bill Higginson review/article at Modern Haiku.

Which haiku did I allude to?

cold rain —

my application

to become a crab

Fay Aoyagi
Chrysanthemum Love

Blue Willow Press 
ISBN 0-9745547-0 (2003)

Modern Haiku:

http://www.modernhaiku.org/bookreviews/Aoyagi2004.html

Although my verse is more senryu than haiku, it has been inspired by Fay
Aoyagi’s brilliantly succinct haiku with seasonal reference (kigo); and a
cut between two parts (kire) that heightens the poem beyond a mere
statement.

With my more senryu than haiku I am focusing purely on human affairs,
although there may be a season for elections and those awful bureaucratic
forms. But the only link to nature is that desire to be human and not a
political toy.

Alan Summers
Haiku News, September 2016

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

senryu

political election
my application to be
a) human

 by Alan Summers (UK)
Haiku News, Vol. 2, No.24, 2013

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