Gulls and Ducks – a kyoka

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAgulls screeching on high
kayakers went paddling by
ducks sat there laughing
puddling about on the lake front
as gulls guanoed the boaters


(Why a kyoka and not a tanka?  Kyoka: informal, improper and generally comic side of the 31-syllable Japanese poetry sometimes called ‘kyoka,’ or ‘kyouka,’ literally it means, “mad-poems” or “madcap verse,” representing “absolute freedom both in respect of language and choice of subject.”  Here’s a brief history of kyoka that I found looking for more information about this genre that I saw mentioned on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai)  I was going to use Kyoka to write a poem to this quote by Khalil Ghibran… “forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” (but couldn’t find a good photo, so I’ll write something serious…maybe.)

4 thoughts on “Gulls and Ducks – a kyoka

    • lol! Happy I surprised you, though coffee up the nose is not my idea of the way to drink coffee…maybe I should write a kyoka for you!

      her breakfast coffee
      topped off with sugar and cream
      was going down well
      then she read a kyoka
      ahhh…guano bombing seagulls


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