“Isn’t Love, Just Love?” – A #Haibun #Haiku


Welcome to my contribution to my Weekly Poetry Challenge, where you can write your own Haiku, Tanka, or Haibun using the prompt words of “hate and pride.” I used the word “love,” loosely based on the word “pride.”

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I have never understood why people feel the need to debate the power of love. Why should this even be an issue? Why make up the rules of love to only be shared between male and female of the same race or culture? We readily accept the love shown to us by our animals but turn up our nose when two men or two women love each other. Isn’t love just love?

Those that say they are “in the know” like to preach about love. Love thy neighbor as you would love thyself. Their rhetoric echoes with empty words they do not comprehend. Do as I say, not as I do. Wait… Isn’t love just love?

Pride in who you are fosters dignity and self-respect. Follow your heart. Love and be loved. Fight the stigma and the hate. True love comes when you least expect it. Don’t stop the healing energy of love from entering into your life because it doesn’t meet someone else’s definition of love. After all, isn’t love just love?

Hate finds a discourse –
songs of love silenced for now,
where is our outrage?

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

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My haibun does not exactly meet the rules since my prose and Haiku are directly related. Usually, the poetry should reflect some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. The poetry should be a sort of juxtaposition – seemingly different yet somehow connected. When the muse strikes, go with your gut!

Thanks for stopping by. See you next week.


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