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Humanity Under Attack by Terrorists - Haiku Style Poetry

Updated on August 14, 2017
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A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

A Quote Written in Haiku Style

Tragedy of humanity is expressed poignantly though poetry.
Tragedy of humanity is expressed poignantly though poetry. | Source

Humanity is Under Daily Assault - Writing Poetry Helps

Terror attacks are happening all over the world with what seems to be more frequency. Maybe we are just more aware. I often deal with the wretchedness of victimization caused by terror attacks through writing poetry.

As I begin to craft the right words about the latest act of senseless violence, another one occurs. Therefore, I offer three haiku-inspired poetic forms in remembrance of the lives lost, within a span of days, in Russia, Syria, Sweden and Egypt.

Our compassion grows as the pain which connects us as human beings deepens. The plight of our global brothers and sisters, who were hit without warning, starts to hit home as we anticipate it happening anywhere and at anytime. As humans, when it happens to one, it happens to all.

It is hard to find the words to express the impact of global tragedy. I choose poetry as a form of expression to encapsulate tragedy in a way that provides a platform of empathy for and validation of our human nature and experience. [Due to the dark subject matter, the use of haiku is untraditional in keeping with its true form which typically pays homage to imagery involving lightness, the four seasons and nature.]

Children See an Unsafe World - Help Them Heal with Poetry

The biggest price of senseless terror attacks is the loss of innocent children. How do we help our children understand tragic loss? Creative writing, using short stories and poetry, can help children begin to express and heal from tragedy.
The biggest price of senseless terror attacks is the loss of innocent children. How do we help our children understand tragic loss? Creative writing, using short stories and poetry, can help children begin to express and heal from tragedy. | Source

Haiku Style Poetry


#1

Overwhelmed by blasts

Derailed from everyday route

Smoke filled train to hell


#2

Unable to breathe

Fumes released with ill intent

Seep into the world


#3

Praise voices silenced

Reeds of palm blown to ashes

In the name of Christ


JLE 2017


A Peaceful World Saved by God's Love

We can only hope that God's peace will soon come to save us from the destruction our world is experiencing.
We can only hope that God's peace will soon come to save us from the destruction our world is experiencing. | Source

© 2017 Janis Leslie Evans

How have you been impacted by global or recent domestic terror? Leave your thoughts and comments.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 months ago from Washington, DC

      Appreciate this critique very much, it means a lot. Peace and love to you. Thank you for visit and spiritual wisdom, always.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      Dark but necessary. Again, original Haiku's illumined and were meant to illumine. It's changed a lot.

      Don't wait for God's peace, my Sweet. Dive deep within. Great Haiku's and much Love.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, AliciaC, for saying so. Thank you for stopping by to read it.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, MsDora. Although it's not traditional haiku, it's what I wanted to say. Appreciate your comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Good job, Janis! Every line is powerful and contributes effectively to the devastation caused by these people.

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      Linda Crampton 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an important article, Janis. The memories of the tragic attacks that are occurring need to stay in our minds until solutions are found. Your article and poems are a powerful reminder of the situation.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 months ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, Eric. Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 months ago from Washington, DC

      Absolutely! Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

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      ThreeKeys 4 months ago from Australia

      Your haiku has strong images that goes straight to your core. Like you, I feel for the children and the loss of innocence. It isn't right or fair. It seems we are doing a return cycle to the times when children were classed as little adults and lost their innocence when put to work at a very young age. (like deep underground, in the mines). Children are our future Leaders. They need to feel hope and have ideals.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you. We need you good poets to keep it real.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 months ago from Washington, DC

      So glad you liked them and saw the truth in each. I am unfortunately a breaking news junky. Sometimes I do take a break. But mainly deal with the exposure through prayer and writing. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Wow! I like the truth of each. It is sad what happens in our world these days. I liked it better when I did not have time to watch the news.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, whou, for stopping by. Your support means a lot as one of HP's favorite poets.

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      whonunuwho 4 months ago from United States

      Thank you for supporting this and you nice poetry my friend. The terrorist strikes out of their own fears and attempting to be recognized, but actually are the dregs of society. Blessings. whonu

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 months ago from Washington, DC

      Gina, thank you for reading. Yes, the stories about the families' losses are unspeakable.

      I was nervous about my first attempt at haiku being acceptable. Many thanks to you for putting out the challenge and making me stretch. I will try for more traditional subject matter next time. Blessings.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 4 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Powerful imagery! I recently read an article about a man who lost 22 members of his extended family, including his twin baby boys. So sad. Such useless killing.

      Thank you for sharing this with us. It will take the arts to heal the world.