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Xenogenesis
Xanthic-roots, xanthorhiza —
Xeric Xerxes

© rl busséll 2018 – All rights reserved


The X-factor

English is not replete
with words with “x” as heads.
There are, to be sure, four-hundreds
but only a few that are not tourists.
My mouth, I swear, uses but four
or at the most twenty and four.

And after this attempt at sponsorship
I’m sure the “x” will stay
“hidden” in words like,
Xanadu, xanthin, or xylophone
and never etched in stone
or grace haiku with less
than sonorous tone.

© rl busséll 2018 – All rights reserved


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.

This Alphabet Haiku Challenge is brought to you by Abigail Gronway (poet extraordinaire) of the Dark Side of the Moon fame, please visit her site whenever you get a hankering for good poetry.

5 comments on “X Haiku

  1. Get the poor boy some water.
    Amazing job on both the haiku and “The X-Factor.” I like your description of the words as tourists.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. rlbussell says:

      Thanks. Not my favorite letter and I “needed” to voice my frustration and have a little fun at the same time.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. It wasn’t my favorite either, but it wouldn’t be fair to the poor letter to skip it. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      2. rlbussell says:

        Don’t I know! I wouldn’t want to ‘x’ it out.

        Liked by 1 person

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