The Haiku Monday results be in, folks!
We'uns has us a new player this week, welcome aboard, Doom.
SophieMae wuz tempted, an' we hope she'll take the plunge next week.
An' though some regulars is missin' from this round --we missed y'all!--the turn out gave us a good run, din't it?
I hope y'all din't find the game less engagin' fer Aunty offerin' the visuals--though clearly Fishy din't cuddle up to the black an' white, demandin' some color relief.
True confessions, Aunty punted.
I gave Uncle the bare rules: ( 5-7-5), a seasonal reference an' the whole emotion thang. Then I left him to it. But, know this: Uncle is a softie! He leans toward the wistful, the sweet stuff. Reckon he doan have much heart-space fer "companion" what's not delightful company. Now y'all know whar' this be goin', doan'cha?
Whar' Fishy wants color, Uncle wants joy, happy happy thoughts, an' laughter fer when the topic is "companion."
Uncle ain't much charmed by emotion what's inward, reflective or even a recollection a good memory that now brings a sense of loss.
Furthermore, Uncle doan care much fer no ambiguity, he rejected mah idea that folks doin' Haiku this week would "bring yore own insight to the picture, an' no two emotions would match a given photo."
When I suggested some types of photos (see below) might pull opposite emotions from viewers, the man jes' guffawed, "Aw, fiddle, Aunty. Who is interested in a picture ya' gotta wonder what the story is? Ain't the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words?" Well, then, gimme a clear feelin'. I has enough see-sawin' in real life, I doan think it is entertainin' to look at DIY emotional junk--is it is, or, is it ain't?
Jes' tell it plain."
He doan like paintings that ain't somethin' he knows an recognizes--all them splashy, textured, dabbed, modern art, Uncle rejects: "Whar's the beef"?"
If I suggest some photos an' art pieces-- like the above-- reflect the disjointed nature of the culture or the artist's own emotions, he say, "What's the point? We all KNOW life is disjointed; what we need is a vision of ORDER! "
"But Uncle," Aunty clucks," Doan ya' see how the artist is expressin' the frustration, the angst, the alienation, the conditionality of life? Or the photographer is catchin' a moment of emotion we all recognize?
Or, sometimes the irony of life? The unexpected? Or the exhilaration? "
"Yeah?" he said, "Okay, but the theme heah is companion. Right?"
"Right," I agreed. "But all companion moments ain't slappy happy, ya' know?"
"Belle, how'd ya git to be yore age an' not unnerstan' that NOBODY wants angst or alienation or conditionality in a companion? Ya' know what they want?"
"Well, I know what Aloysius wants."
Uncle, "Well, shure! 'Cause if all youse bringin' to companion-ness is pile up of compost, jes' leave me to mahself,
or, mebbe a dawg."
In fact, a companion photo that doan show a clear an' definite smiley face emotion, ain't of no interest to the fella.
life narrow and simple now;
keeps cocky comp’ny.
"Thank Heaven For Little Girls"
Paris! In Springtime.
The dancing twirl, yes?
The young around the thumb go,
mom in future spring.