what point does this
side become the other side/
halfway is neither
when halfway to there
you can no longer be here/
so where are you then
if you are there now
halfway to the other side/
then you are not here
the other side of
halfway is not in any way /
between here and there
once you pass halfway
this side becomes the other/
and there becomes here
halfway lies a bridge/
either side of it there live
the far-sider folk
selected as featured poem for napowrimo day 16
21 thoughts on “halfway haiku”
Nicely done, Paul!
Thank You Bryan.
“this side becomes the other” will stay with me — thank you. Any chance you’ll consider joining The Haiku Room on Facebook? If you’d like to check it out, just message me and I’ll connect you.
Thank You Elizabeth. I’ll consider your kind offer.
Oh, that’s clever. Questions to think about. Well deserved NaPoWriMo feature, great to see you there!
Thanks Sarah. I hadn’t been linking up with the site, using Real Toads as my main prompt source for 30/30. Yesterday I wrote two pieces and so thought I’ll drop one at napowrimo. Funny how things pan out sometimes.
Congrats, Paul! So… the far siders…hmmm. Love apoem that makes me think….
Everybody is on the far side…true story…town called Athlone in Eire is split by a river over which there is bridge.
Went and looked at pictures – a dam / lock, also? So the far siders are simply everyone who is not on the same side as you in the literal sense, Works in the figurative sense as well, which is where your delightful poem took me.
That’s it…it’s a spiral dance.
Wooohooooo! CONGRATULATIONS on being featured this morning, Paul! So well deserved! 🙂
Thank You De. I noticed your name there in the archive ( so right back atcha ). I didn’t start linking up with napowrimo (cos I didn’t quite get the website layout)until two days ago. Now potentially doubled my workload !!!!!
This is beautiful and thought-provoking. I love the way you’ve posed the questions – reminds me of zen koans.
Thank You. It most definitley has a Zen undercurrent.
And congratulations on being featured poet for today!
Congratulations on being the featured poet in NaPoWriMo! I enjoy the wordplay of your haiku.