Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Her Miscarriage


a single crocus 
pushing through the frost
her miscarriage 

Paul Conneally

Photograph: Black Cherry Lounge - Paul Conneally, Nottingham, 2014



Haiku require a kigo, a seasonal word or reference and in this poem it is crocus signifying spring - the frost reference puts us with certainty in early spring. The juxtaposition of the first two lines with the last strikes up what can be called 'surprising comparison'. We are jolted by the  starkness of the simple fragment that is the third line 'her miscarriage' after the simple beauty and hope of 'a single crocus pushing through the frost'. A third element to the poem is in it's presentation alongside a seemingly unrelated photograph - no frost no crocus - an urban street scene with a sign for a club 'The Black Cherry Lounge'.

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