Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
About Simply Haiku
Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3
I believe I am
I figured it out. I think. My life is a mystery novel. There are plots, sub-plots, and intriguing
side characters who, at first, appear to be more prominent than they are. Things unfold for
little reason at all, so it seems. What scenarios I control have twists and turns that fall well
within the guardrails. I believe I am in control. When things get desperate – even dangerous –
I hold my breath and wait for the narrator to jump in and add a sense of calm to the situation.
This must have been the genesis of god (pun, fully intended). Can't you see it? Mystery-living lives getting out of whack and everyone collectively saying: "There's got to be a Grand Narrator out there that can make sense of our mess." When someone yelled out, "I believe there is!" –
the chorus began . . . I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE!!
bigger, stronger --
that's what the spam says
so it's true
Jeffrey Winke is the co-editor of the first small
press North American haiku anthology, the Third
Coast Haiku Anthology, which was published in 1977.
He has been writing haiku for over 30 years. His most
recent book, What's Not There: Selected Haiku of
Jeffrey Winke, is a 2002 Merit Book Award winner. His
motion graphics haiku collection, entitled Chances,
can be viewed at http//www.bytestudios.com/winke
and has been designated a "Cool Website."
Jeff lives and works in Milwaukee. He is a PR
counselor, magazine editor, and an adjunct university
professor. His PR Idea Book: 50 proven tools that
really work, has recently been published by Outskirts
His website is: www.jeffwinke.com
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