American Sentences

 

The American Sentence is a poetic form created by the late Allen Ginsberg. According to the American Sentences website, they are “haiku-length poems that Allen suggested be limited to 17 syllables, like haiku in Japanese and like the Heart Sutra in Buddhism”.

 

#1

When dogs of war bark and snarl, freedom and truth are mercilessly savaged.   

 

#2

Anxiety and neurosis rule my life; peace is the anomaly.

 

#3

This darkness on my shoulders is more cumbrous than many large millstones. 

 

#4

Birthday cake candles and grey hairs are the timeline markers of my life. 

 

#5 

Black cockatoos screech their weather forcast of refreshing summer rains.

 

#6

My full heart speaks, yet my apologies always seem to ring hollow.   

 


 (c) Bev 2008