Saturday, March 11, 2006

II: 070

unexpectedly full --
the moon
and your smile


At March 12, 2006 5:00 AM, Blogger mattm said...

maybe tuesday's moon was half-full, not half empty?

At March 12, 2006 8:00 AM, Blogger david giacalone said...

Ah, hindsight!

At March 12, 2006 12:12 PM, Anonymous ed markowski said...

the get well balloons

At March 12, 2006 3:01 PM, Anonymous levon machenry said...

mr. g, you outta come on down to
southwest texas for some moon
viewing. the place is so doggone
empty people wise, it seems like the moon is closer than the next town. and the falling stars oh,
the falling stars. think i'll get
a case of lone star and sit up on the roof tonight.


moon viewing
who's watching me
watching from this mesa

At March 12, 2006 3:36 PM, Anonymous levon machenry said...

one more mr. g. by the way the big
news down here ain't george bush
or his war despite what folks might think. it's the fact that
hector lopez's cows got loose today, and wandered across the border into mexico. a cabalerro
brung em back, but he ain't left
town yet. probably never will.

texas moonlight
i hide
the alien

At March 12, 2006 5:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is nice.

At March 12, 2006 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

miss aurora, what exactly does
"this is nice" mean? harboring
illegal aliens ain't exactly
"nice." hidng these folks is dangerous and illegal. it aint nice at all.

cold taco...
kayla mutters
"bon appetite!"

At March 12, 2006 7:38 PM, Blogger david giacalone said...

Thanks for dropping by, everyone. Naturally, I'm hoping Aurora is refering to my poem, not levon's!

At March 12, 2006 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, David, of course I was referring to your poem.:) I could have thought of 101 ways to say that your poem was pleasing, that it made me smile, but the point of commenting on a blog is simply to let the writer know that you read, and liked what you read. Those who feel compelled to litter other people's blogs with uber long comments and endless poems really ought to get their own blogs.

At March 13, 2006 12:40 AM, Blogger sangeet said...

Very nice!


At March 13, 2006 5:39 AM, Anonymous levon machenry said...

excuse me for not knowing about
blog etiquette. i thought blogs
was for an exchange of ideas. from
now on will leave "nice" bland
generic comments.

At March 13, 2006 8:07 AM, Blogger david giacalone said...

Weblogs -- as I've been arguing over at f/k/a for three years now -- come in all varieties. At f/k/a, where I present commentary on legal and social issues, I hope for thoughtful Comments and am pleased when a reader takes the time to put together a lengthy analysis.

Even haiku weblogs come in many varieties. I am always happy when Aurora writes just a few words to let me know she has seen and appreciates a particular poem.

When one of my haiku evokes a responsive poem from a reader, that is also good, as is a quip from a fellow haijin who has come to know my eccentricities or remembers a previous poem that sheds light on the current one.

Poems or comments that are total non sequiturs do sort of leave me scratching my head.

If someone wants to (gently) let me know why a particular poem does not quite work for him or her, I appreciate that, too.

I would hope that my Comment area doesn't just become a place where people show-off their own creativity or eccentricity, which might indeed be put to better use as the basis for their own weblog. But, haiku are about creating a reaction in the reader. Were we all together in a sake bar or parlor, we would probably be trading haiku and wisecracks.

It's all a matter of balance and taste. I've been "guilty" of reminiscing at other people's weblogs, when a particular poem reminds me of a moment in my own life or a foible of mine. What is nice about the Comment area of weblogs -- unlike in a bar or parlor -- is that visitors can just ignore or skip over the ones that irk them.

So, I have no definitive answer to just what "belongs" in the Comment sections of this weblog. Right now, I appreciate that visitors let me know I have struck a chord. And, I hope things stay civil and respectful.


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