Seven Types of Paradox

[Recent haiku. The title is referencing a once standard classic of English literary criticism, William Empson’s Seven Types of Ambiguity (1930). Photo of butterfly in croc’s mouth in Costa Rica by Arguedas. Enjoy.]

Seven Types of Paradox

Words like a thick stick
pointing at the rising moon
inexpressible

Every moment
births whirled worlds of think-and-feel
dying into it

World in a grain of sand.
Grain of sand between my toes:
world between my toes!

The more bush I burn
the more fire-loving plants ‒
the more bush burns

The dancer’s body
turning, leaping, floating
opens wide stillness

Listening to you,
letting thoughts pass away ‒
I am you and me

This moment here
fine rain on roof, magpie call ‒
outside time and place

~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on March 16, 2020.

4 Responses to “Seven Types of Paradox”

  1. Clever witty pieces Peter – I liked the contrast between a ‘thick stick’ and the ‘inexpressible’ moon, the ‘whirled worlds of think-and-feel’ and the paradox (and wit) of the last haiku – such a specific moment yet ‘outside time and place’ (as well as being an ‘outside’ time and place. Bravo.

  2. Thanks Peter, much appreciated. P.

  3. love it…especially…”Every moment
    births whirled worlds of think-and-feel
    dying into it”…

  4. Thanks Kristi. Glad you like that one. Looks like we’re gonna have lotsa quiet time for reading and writing in the next few months as the pestilence peaks… Haven’t got a haiku for hoarding toilet paper yet…

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