Screws and Marbles, a haiku sonnet

A poet, upon 
finding a screw on the floor, 
after head-scratching 

about possible 
provenance, looks up to find 
from where it fell or, 

better yet, gets down 
on the floor and then looks up 
at the undersides 

of tables and chairs.
They look to the undersides 
of things for losses 

and don’t bother looking for 
marbles anymore. 

28 thoughts on “Screws and Marbles, a haiku sonnet

  1. hmm sometimes we start with one task in mind – which only deviates and leads us to another..loved your tags btw SSG 😉


  2. You know that game at a carnival that supposedly proves a person’s strength and prowess ? The Big Hammer comes down and the Weight rises to hit the Gong?
    Bingo! You just hit a Big Poetic Gong here….but you have to admit …when you’re down on the ground rummaging around is when you’ll most likely FIND the lost marbles, that other earring, a mummified green bean….


  3. Interesting form. Brilliant. Of course, the marble rolled away, but the screw could only revolve around it’s head, going nowhere. Easy to find those losses. The marbles, OTOH, are much more difficult to ID and corral.


  4. I have a hard enough time getting words to fit into a sonnet or a haiku; I can’t even begin to think about attempting this style myself even if it’s just mostly stringing together haiku. It’s humorous how we have the tendency to completely forget about what was important at the time when we find something else that’s interesting. I got into astronomy that way, but that’s comparing haiku and sonnets, or perhaps screws to marbles…


    • I’ve never been able to write a decent sonnet. Just don’t deal well with accentual-syllabics. Scansion makes my head spin. Counting syllables makes more sense to my brain than counting feet.
      Anyway, there’s more to this form than just stringing haiku together. In fact the stanzas here are all far too enjambed to be haiku on their own. The form was an invention of David Marshal:

      …and he is the master of the form. The idea, for me at least is that the thought behind the poem is “haiku sonnet sized” not “haiku-sized.”

      And as to timing, Oh yes, we find what we need to, often in the looking when we knew not for what we searched….



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