Haiku from Karla Linn Merrifield

From an Omani Garden

This kiss is as bright
as an azalea blossom
fallen to your chest.


Penang Tanged

At the Pagoda
of the Ten Thousand Buddhas, this kiss
comes from smiling lips.


In Shimonoseki

Buddha strums his oud,
four heartstrings in vibration
with this kiss I prayed.

Author’s note: All of these are drawn from my book, Half a World of Kisses, forthcoming in 2021 from Truth Serum Press’s new Lindauer Poets imprint (out of Australia). The collection was written in 2019 during my 108-day World Voyage on the Queen Mary 2 and is comprised of several short poetic forms (haiku, tanka, Fibonacci, etheree, etc.) and represent the kisses I blew homeward from afar to a great love in the US.

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