New haiku sequence and haiga by Charles Christian


13th July 2006

black smoke over Haifa –
this summer katyushas
arrive with the dawn

white con trails against the blue –
tumbling bombs glitter
in the Beirut sun

in Gaza life ebbs
from a fallen phone
its final message – unread

Udi – are you ok?
me and the cats and dogs
are waiting for you


• The photo shows the second stanza/haiku as a haiga

• The final stanza/haiku is a found haiku comprising the transcript of a text message – as yet still unanswered – the wife of Ehud ‘Udi’ Goldwasser sent her husband when she heard his platoon had been ambushed during the start of what is now known as the Second Lebanon War.

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