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May 25, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 8:17 am

window There are times when the f/k/a Gang feels guilty about repeating or cannibalizing an old posting. But, not when it comes to Memorial Day, when we gladly sacrifice novelty to recall again the sacrifices that have been made by our armed forces since the 18th Century. You will find more Memorial Day-related haiku and senryu here and there.

….. by dagosan – dagosan’s haiku diary (May 26, 2008)

Memorial Day-
overwintered in the sandbox
toy soldiers

……….. by Tom Clausen

long after
the fireworks
a shooting star


old tombstone
losing its name
faint first star

mourners and bare trees

cometB ……. by George Swede
“long after” – Almost Unseen (2000)
“old tombstone” – The Heron’s Nest
“burial” – The Heron’s Nest (June 2005)

photo-haiga originally posted at MagnaPoets – Japanese Form (May 28, 2007 )

taps’ last echo –
the vietnam protestor
wipes a tear

photo: Arthur Giacalone
poem: David Giacalone

Memorial Day
he wears
his son’s dog tag

…….. by Hilary Tann – MagnaPoets; and Upstate Dim Sum (2005/II)

the parade ends
at the shopping mall –
memorial day

………. by dagosan – Magnapoets

p.s. A year ago, Blawg Review #110, honored our war dead and spotlighted lawyer weblogs that did the same. This year, expect a similar focus in Blawg Review #161, which will be hosted by Stephen at Patent Baristas.

update (May 27, 2008): Stephen Albainy-Jenei indeed brewed up a patently impressive Blawg Review #161 today — both honoring Memorial Day and memorializing the best blawg posting of the past week.

Don’t forget: Drive 55 this Weekend:


  1. […] Giacalone at f/k/a touches many with his Memorial Day haiku. And asks everyone to save fuel by driving no more than 55 over the Memorial Day […]

    Comment by Patent Baristas » Blawg Review #161 — May 26, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

  2. This is a very moving and “memorable” collection of Memorial haiku.

    It would be great if was possible to have even a modest stone engraved with a few of these haiku as they say so much in those important few words.

    all my very best,


    Comment by Alan Summers — May 27, 2008 @ 1:21 am

  3. Many thanks, Alan. I’m looking for a chisel and a large rock to practice my engraving techniques.

    Comment by David Giacalone — May 27, 2008 @ 7:50 am

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