stars, planet, moons, et. al. . . .

The roots of an Exquisite Corpse–like Halloween–are planted in Surrealism. Given that, I tried to give myself license not to take myself too seriously when it came to rattling the skeletal threads of this Corpse together into a sequential body which, I hope, proves to be more treat than trick. (I’m not quite sure what I’d call the end result, but nevertheless it was fun . . .)

A huge thank you to all my Exquisite Corpse participants, appearing after Van Brock’s and my opening stanzas, in the following order: i. Rachel Sutcliffe; ii. Belinda Broughton; iii. Jim Sullivan; iv. Adelaide Shaw; v. David Terelinck; vi. Mary Frederick Ahearn; vii. Belinda Broughton.  Happy Halloween! Good sports, with lovely bones, one and all!


Circling My Night Sky . . .


Margaret , sorry:
all else should be more lovely,
with stars, planets, moons.

stars, planets, moons–
so many old friends I see
circling my night sky

circling my night sky
all the stars I’ve loved
and lost


and found, circling
stars, planets, moons

stars, planets, moons
the child chatters about

the many permutations
of stars, planets, moons


Stars, planets, moons–
a wife’s wink clears the day

clearing the day circling my night


circling my night sky
dark clouds racing
as fast as my heart

fast as my heart
dark clouds racing . . .


circling my night sky
this borrowed moonlight
unsettles the senses

unsettled: five stars circling
my borrowed night sky


circling my night sky
remnants of dreams
you deign to grace

saying grace 
under a moonlit sky


circling my night sky . . .
the dream me
and Owl

and me, circling
the light of the moon


(Apologies to Rachel Sutcliffe for previously misattributing her lovely haiku . . . )


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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6 Responses to stars, planet, moons, et. al. . . .

  1. Mary says:

    And you did a brilliant job, what a challenge! And what fun! Happy Halloween,All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days too. Thanks for putting this out there to enjoy. It’s appreciated.

  2. Adelaide says:

    I forgot i participated in this. What fun to find my haiku there and to read the others.


  3. Absolutely amazing challege! What a pleasure to be a reader!

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