Abstract Magazine International | Turtles, Birds, and Others – Observational Haiku by Alzo David-West
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Turtles, Birds, and Others – Observational Haiku by Alzo David-West

10 Jun 2018, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Gesture by Allen Forrest


(Observational Haiku)

  1. Turtles




a big turtle crawls

on the base of the river,

a school of small fish




the big turtle sits

on a rock in the river

as the water flows




the big old turtle

rests in the warm noonday sun

on the riverbank




the big turtle walks

against the current of the

slow moving river



  1. Birds




a crow sits in the

persimmon tree, amid the

green leaves, orange fruit




a kingfisher sits

on a branch in the river

as the cars go by




three plastic bottles

in the river and a bird

that flies far away




have you ever seen

two little sparrows mating

on a windowsill?



  1. Others




brown snake slithering

on the shoal, did you know that

snakes slither on shoals?




the spider dances

under the neon sign light

in the rural town




it floated away,

the little red robot on

the green river-reeds




little crab crawling

on the bed of the river,

the water flows, flows

About the author: 

Alzo David-West is a writer, poet, and academic. His creative writing appears in Antimatter, Cha, Eastlit, Grief Diaries, K’in, Missing Slate, Offcourse, Star*Line, StepAway Magazine, Tower Journal, Transnational Literature, and 365 Tomorrows. He is also the editor of scifaiku and tanka translations in Silver Blade and Star*Line.

Art: Gesture by Allen Forrest

In the artist’s words:

Allen Forrest is a writer and graphic artist for covers and illustrations of literary publications and books. The winner of the 2015 Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine, he lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His Bel Red landscape paintings are part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection in Bellevue, WA. To find more of his published works, please visit him online at http://art-grafiken.blogspot.ca/2016/04/poetry-and-prose.html to browse his poetry and prose collection; and http://art-grafiken.blogspot.ca/2016/12/graphic-narrative.htmlto browse his graphic narrative collection.

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