birthday balloons
the one that doesn't burst
blows away

—Ed Markowski

first published in the mainichi daily news

About the author: ed markowski lives and writes in auburn hills, michigan. his work has appeared in modern haiku, acorn, bottle rockets, and the birmingham poetry review.


Responses to the haiku for 22 April 2005 by Ed Markowski

    john tiong chunghoo
    2005-04-22 03:27:13

    the cemetery
    anniversary balloons

    Bill Kenney
    2005-04-22 07:03:42

    so close
    grandmother's cigarette
    child's balloon

    kate (chrismomxyz at yahoo dot com)
    2005-04-22 11:31:39

    waving goodbye...
    the balloon becomes
    a dot

    2005-04-22 13:17:17

    another birthday
    much to swiftly time passes
    fades and disappears

    jack perrault
    2005-04-23 15:36:14

    the above responses are pale mimics of a very
    good short poem. does anyone have anything
    intelligent ( critical or otherwise ) to say
    to the man who wrote the poem?

    sign language...
    the sweet sweet rhythms
    of a silent voice

    2005-04-24 07:43:07

    Hey there jack, guess what?
    Ed's talent obviously

    Bill Kenney
    2005-04-25 05:30:45

    Jack: "sign language" is on its way to becoming a nice haiku, but, as it stands, it contains at least one "sweet" too many. Mark Twain on the adjective: When in doubt, leave it out.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-04-25 06:04:30

    strange isn't it, when some rush off in haste. i call this the "don quixote" syndrome, among [literati]
    i do not believe jack was being negatively critical of ed's work. if anything, jack is being [overly complimentary].
    it is jack's critique of the responses which followed, some should take note of.

    all-in-all, regardless of each response's merit, it did my heart good to see the clamors, even though misguided and misdirected ...(more later)

    ed markowski
    2005-04-25 10:35:16

    well, it's all in fun anyway. i appreciate all
    of the comments. it's enough to know that
    somebody reads the piece.

    church bar-b-que
    sizzling fat punctuates
    the preacher's rap on paradise

    ed markowski

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-04-25 11:53:39

    "anyone out there, reading my occasional response", a question i've pondered, ed.

    "it's all in fun", you'd think it would be, especially among those touched by the haiku.

    did the (true) masters see themselves as authoritative voices, or in their humble ways, mere contributors, overlooking the detractors; caring only to share life's little special moments

    2005-04-25 12:28:06

    It was my impression that this site, rather than a slate for "egos" was for sharing the joy, humour, pathos...whatever...spurred by the "guest" showcased on any given day. Personally? Love Ed's "stuff", and many others who just happen to stop by.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-04-25 12:47:05

    your words(word) brought this to mind, mixx

    ego: the "i" or self as distinguished from the selves of others

    in actuality isn't this the haiku, seen through one's own eyes, though shared by others through(from) one's words.

    (me) think, too often the guest are too silent.

    mixx, are you limiting "whatever"

    ed markowski (1elmarko at comcast dot net)
    2005-04-25 13:06:37

    no mass media, no american idol, no internet,
    and backgrounds in buddhism / shintoism, would
    lead me to believe that the japanese masters
    as we call them probably didn't see themselves
    as masters of anything. point well taken bob.

    his spring haiku
    i chant and conjure
    the dead poets face

    2005-04-25 14:30:41

    Bob et al:
    Rather than limitations ("whatever" included) and, whether perceived as ego driven or not, for me it's simply about the poetry. In particular, this short form, free-style "haiku". The art, if you will, pure and simple. One could go on ad nauseam about what motivates any of us or any artist for that matter. Something viscerally pleasurable for most I imagine.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-04-25 19:09:36

    ed, your last haiku was rather seasonable. within it, i saw my egocentric driven quest of penning the [perfect] haiku. albeit, i'm very much alive, [what imagine(s)] might my discourse(s) give breath to.(haha)

    mixx, your words somewhat [profound] and [perplex] me. i implore of you, "don't take it personal"

    the lengths i go to in expressing that which drives me, leaves even me bewildered.(hahaha)
    who knows the ongoings within those deep dark crevices ...

    Mitzi Hughes Trout (drivensnow at msn dot com)
    2005-04-26 12:19:52

    Dear Ed,

    over the rainbow
    the Kansas that was

    Mitzi Trout

    ceegeeess (ceegeeess at yahoo dot com)
    2005-05-11 09:10:17

    birthday balloons bloat,
    freinds and people close flatter,
    True love that matters!

    very nice haiku on birthday dear markovisky! pen more haiku!

    2009-03-02 17:03:29

    birthday cake...
    with one candle
    the only red one