Two poems and one haiku by Maeve O’Sullivan

Maeve croppedMaeve O’Sullivan has published her poems and haiku widely, and is a former poetry winner at Listowel Writer’s Week. Maeve’s first collection of haiku poetry, Initial Response, was launched in 2011 by Alba Publishing (UK). She is a member of Haiku Ireland, the Poetry Divas and the Hibernian Poetry Workshop.


Two poems and one haiku


Blind Faith

(After Gendun Chopel)

You believe me, though I give you no reason,

You condemn me when I strive for persuasion.

Are these the traits of an ignorant mind

which searches outside of logical lines?

* * *

Soup Season

A time for chopping,

boiling, blending, salting

into nourishment.

Curry is not to everyone’s taste

but he uses it well.

Better to keep her guessing,

always, the recipe itself

won’t reveal all his secrets.

He feeds her, ladle by ladle

until she is hooked.

Spring arrives, it’s time

to wean her off this tureen,

time to think about

turning to salad

days with another.

* * *

Madrid Haiku

tortoises huddled

on the indoor island:

Atocha Station

* * *

this small stone sculpture

of entwined lovers –

she passes it quickly

* * *

Rastro Market:

making chords with his left hand

he plucks with his hook

* * *

bullfighting on TV –

we drink cans of beer

spear some chorizo

* * *


in the military museum…

a soldier at each turn


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