What Is Bravery? – A Haiku Series

What is bravery? Does bravery make a man? Can boys be as brave? Duty calls us all Paying no heed to the hour It calls when it must It calls who it needs Bravery cares not for age Duty must be met The young and old go Into the fray of conflict To save whatContinue reading “What Is Bravery? – A Haiku Series”

Summer’s Way: A Haiku Series

Blazing summer daysThe cool breeze a friendly kissSoothing to the soul Hot and rainy boutsA humid embrace lays lowFilling up the air Warmth touches my soulEach day a soothing retreatThe sun on my skin Life is fully grownSpring’s cheer has delivered muchNow we witness joy All is as should beTime passes ever onwardMarching with theContinue reading “Summer’s Way: A Haiku Series”

When Honor Fades to Pride: A Haiku Series

I feel it has been some time since I wrote a haiku series, and I was starting to miss the simplicity of it. I was also reading about the Battle of the Wilderness during the American Civil War in early May of 1864. The Union forces threw themselves at Confederate positions to no avail, andContinue reading “When Honor Fades to Pride: A Haiku Series”

The Enemy Within: A Haiku Series

The Book of Revelation has long been my favorite book of the Bible. I find the lessons contained within about living through dark times surrounded by agents of the adversary to be some of the greatest wisdom ever imparted upon Humanity. The stories about people who want to be good and do what is rightContinue reading “The Enemy Within: A Haiku Series”

Humanity’s Repetitious Tale

As any who follow my work know, I love both the ABAB rhyme scheme and haiku. ABAB poems consist of four-line stanzas with the first and third lines rhyming together and the second and fourth lines rhyming together. A haiku is a short poem of three verses consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables each.Continue reading “Humanity’s Repetitious Tale”

Trading of the Seasons: A Haiku Series

Winter’s chill falls backRetreating from Spring’s warm riseIce and snow be gone A battle ragesA fight between hot and coldSpring’s warmth kept at bay What will each day bring?One knows not what to expectCloudy or sunny Some days, sweet and warmOthers bite with icy coldSeasons pass and change Trading cold for heatSeasons show us nature’sContinue reading “Trading of the Seasons: A Haiku Series”

Righteous Fire: A Haiku Series

Recently, I have been interested in learning more about the life and career of Ronald Reagan. He was a political outsider who came into office as the United States was reeling from the consequences of bad policy under Jimmy Carter. As I was reading through some of his famous speeches and quotes, one line inContinue reading “Righteous Fire: A Haiku Series”

The Cycle of Civilization: A Haiku Series

Demons rise and spreadChaos reigns and grace does fallHard times breed strong men Strong men face the tideEvil devours our childrenDarkness rolling in Sharpened by hardshipThe brave cut through endless strifeStrong men make good times Good times bring bountyLight spreads to banish the darkHope fills us once more Progress follows strengthYet progress dulls traditionGood timesContinue reading “The Cycle of Civilization: A Haiku Series”

Friends From Foes: A Haiku Series

In 1853, Matthew Perry led four ships into Tokyo Bay to establish formal ties between the United States and Japan for the first time. Others had tried before, but none were successful. Perry’s mission was to secure safe harbor for shipwrecked Americans and gain permission for U.S. ships to refuel and resupply at Japanese ports.Continue reading “Friends From Foes: A Haiku Series”

Day of the Devil Dogs: A Haiku Series

November 10th this year was the 246th anniversary of the birth of the United States Marine Corps. At the time of their initial inception, the US Marines were referred to as the Continental Marines. The Second Continental Congress ordered the formation of two battalions of marines on November 10, 1775 to serve as a landingContinue reading “Day of the Devil Dogs: A Haiku Series”