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L Haiku

longing lion leaves
leaps land, leads laterally —
legend looms larger

© rl busséll 2018 – All rights reserved.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Alphabet Haiku Challenge

  • Every word in the haiku must begin with the same letter
  • When written in English, it generally follows the syllabic pattern 5-7-5
  • Haiku/Senryu Poetry – Here is an in-depth description of Haiku/Senryu Poem (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.

Inspired by “Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America” by William Stolzenburg.

From the book’s blurb:

“Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England’s forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion.

Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded. The lion was three years old, with a DNA trail embarking from the Black Hills of South Dakota on a cross-country odyssey eventually passing within thirty miles of New York City. It was the farthest landbound trek ever recorded for a wild animal in America, by a barely weaned teenager venturing solo through hostile terrain.”

Quick links to purchase the “Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America” by William Stolzenburg:

Barnes and Noble

5 comments on “L Haiku

  1. What a grand image of this grand creature!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. rlbussell says:

      Couldn’t help but honor such a journey.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Justin Lee says:

    Btw, my favorite alphabet Haiku so far.



    1. rlbussell says:

      Thanks. Glad. You liked it.


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