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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Haiku Wednesday 1 Dec 10

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Thanks to Jen at You know ... that blog for hosting our Wednesday Haiku treat. This week the theme is Antique

My entry is inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Ozymandias which (you may remember :P) goes

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Irrefutable ruler
Lost and forgotten

Ozymandias was one of only two poems that I learnt off by heart. Don't ask me why!

A more light hearted one for good measure

Found in the attic,
The kids gasp at the antique.
Just boyhood treasures.

Why not write your own and visit Jen!


  1. Hey Dom! Glad to see you back - these are great! So true, too. Our treasures from childhood are our kids' antiques... eesh. ;)

  2. I liked them both, i wonder what drew you to ozymandias

  3. Hi Joanna ... as soon as I saw the word "antique" the first line came into mind (I met a traveller from an antique land) ... it is so ingrained in my memory!


  4. What inspired Haikus!!! I enjoyed them, thank you! Take care

  5. wonderful Haiku this week I've never hear of Ozymandias! Thanks for sharing something new!

  6. I only know who ozymandias is because we read watchmen in one of my english classes last spring and I researched him a bit so I had more to say about my project.

    Great haikus!

  7. Great job, Dom! The only poem I have completely memorized is Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. I wonder what a therapist would say about that?? LOL

  8. That is one of my favorite Shelley poems. I think you did a fabulous job with the haikus. I love that form of poetry. I think I'll join in next time :) Hope all is well!

  9. Wow, never would have thought that poem would inspire a haiku.


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