Riches and Rhymes

The Poetry and Writing of Janis Gaines

Category: Haiku

Haiku Poetry Slam Competition

Chris, Kailey, and I just did this for fun one night about a month ago. Topics were chosen randomly. Interestingly, for the topic of murder, we all went for the bird pun. The winning haikus from our home Haiku Poetry Slam Competition…

images-6  ~ Murder ~
Bird poop in my eye
The crows’ revenge from above
It was just murder


~ Kiss ~  -dogs-1329737362
I remember when
You made me believe in love
With a morning kiss

 ~ Birthday ~  900x900px-LL-5386d85f_sweet18
It is my birthday
I am turning 18, bruh
So give me some cake


  ~ Retirement ~PeopleAtTable
I’m getting quite old
And don’t know reverse from drive
But my bridge game’s strong


@ Tryon, NC
January 17, 2015


Day 1: Water

writing-201I’ve signed up for Blogging University’s Writing 201 Poetry course, sponsored by The Daily Post on WordPress. It lasts for two weeks. Each day they give a topic, a poetry form, and a literary device. You can use any combination of those options or none. For this first one, I incorporated all three.

Day 1: Water, Haiku, Simile


Fresh, pure, clean water
Transparent liquid of life
Fills my thirst like love










@Asheville, NC
February 16, 2015



My Prince Came Courting

My prince came courting
And though the glass slipper fits
He chose another


© April 7, 2013
Asheville, NC

Laughed in My Face

You stuck your foot out
Just to watch me trip and fall
Then laughed in my face


© March 30, 2013
Asheville, NC

Me and Emily

With pen and still heart
We translate mysteries unknown
Me and Emily


© March 30, 2013
Asheville, NC

I Touched Him

I touched him, his hair
It had been twenty years since
This exquisite bliss


© March 27, 2013
Asheville, NC

Me at Seventeen

It’s just a short clip
My memories come to life
Me at seventeen

I’m at 8:39-8:49.
Henderson High School  Atlanta, GA  1988

© March 27, 2013
Asheville, NC

How Much for This One?

How much for this one?
Fate yields to the high bidder
Put your heart all in


© March 25, 2013
Asheville, NC

Just One More

Time to turn out lights
But the nestled children beg,
“Please read just one more?”


© March 24, 2013
Asheville, NC

A Quiet Heart Spoke

A quiet heart spoke,
“What are you doing to me?”
“Just thumbing the strings.”


© March 24, 2013
Asheville, NC