Although I resist
Sometimes haiku will not do
The poem demands more

More words, more space to
Exit from the hearts’ chambers
To be seen and heard

Shouting fervently
In angry poignant phrases
See me, hear me, now

It is not tranquil
With scenes of nature’s beauty
And seasonal words

It is authentic
Raw emotion releasing
A cacophony

Sheer pain hard to hear
Difficult to process but
Healing comes after

And once it’s written
The heart can gentle again
Perchance to haiku

Jennifer Gurney lives in Colorado where she teaches, paints, writes and hikes. She is a newly published poet, at age 59. Jennifer has also published commentary about poetry and poetry-related essays. During the pandemic she joined the online poetry community of The Daily Haiku. Poetry has been a lifeline.