Monday, September 28, 2015



(Text by Rick Doble. Photos and images from except as noted.)

 Will future generations 
 say they had to 
 "endure the unendurable 
 suffer what is insufferable"* 

Massive high dust storm about to cover houses and a farm

 when deserts 
 take our farms 

Flooded houses with water throughout the photograph

 and oceans 
 flood our cities? 

*From Japanese Emperor Hirohito's speech to the Japanese people, explaining what the Japanese people must expect after he ordered a surrender to the Allied Forces in WW II, August 15, 1945.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Depravity Of Human Beings by Rick Doble

by Rick Doble

 of human beings 

Two thin men sitting after being released from a German concentration camp
WWII Europe, Germany, Concentration Camps: 
"Two men sitting after liberation from Lager-Norhausen Death Camp." 
Caption & photo from

 is only 

Composite photo about Nelson Mandela: his jail cell, becoming president, his portrait
For 18 years in segregated South Africa, "Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in a damp concrete cell measuring 8 feet (2.4 m) by 7 feet (2.1 m), with a straw mat on which to sleep" (photo far left) and then made to do hard labor. He served a total of 27 years in prison. Upon his release at the age of 71, he became the first black president and forgave those who had imprisoned him (middle photo) and who had assumed prison life would kill him. He then embarked on a policy of national reconciliation with these words: "Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace."
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Little Girl Buried In Rum Keg by Rick Doble


(Inscription on a headstone, Old Burying Ground, Beaufort, NC -- buried about 1750)
(Text and photographs by Rick Doble)

 His daughter 
 dead at sea 
 he preserved her
 in a keg of rum 

 so he could bring her 

Toys on a 200 year-old grave when a little girl is buried in Beaufort North Carolina

 two hundred years later 

 bring her gifts - 


 toy phones
 and teddy bears 

Toy cell phone and angel left on 200 year-old grave of little girl in Beaufort NC

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About Haiku-like Poetry by Rick Doble

About Haiku-like Poetry 
by Rick Doble

These poems are quite personal and reflect my own interpretation of the Haiku form for my own poetic purposes. While I love traditional Haikus and also the new American and English language variations on the Haiku form, in my poems I am going to use my own ideas inspired by the Haiku genre.


  • A poem is often about a moment in time (see more below) -- with the exception of those I call 'thought' poems, observations about the human condition
  • The number of words is about 20 - but can be more or less
  • I generally do not use metaphors but describe real things 
  • Each poem has a distinct break in the middle - with a final idea/image that is juxtaposed against the beginning of the poem
  • If possible I wait to reveal the full meaning of the poem with the last word or phrase
  • I often write two or more related Haiku-like poems together -- ideally each one can stand on its own under the same title -- but together they are more powerful
  • Micropoetry is limited to less than 140 or 160 characters -- a length which most of my poems meet
  • I can break any of these general rules if the material demands it -- so some of my poems are much longer and don't follow all these guidelines 

Although traditional Haiku is mostly about nature, my poems run the gamut from the atom bomb at Hiroshima to watching a thunderstorm in a McDonald's restaurant. 

Like traditional Haiku I like to include both the time of day and the season of the year, if possible, but I just as often leave this out.

As I said, each poem is about a moment. Since I am a photographer as well, I often think of a Haiku-like poem as a snapshot of a moment, a moment frozen as in a photograph. It is one that draws on many senses and thoughts which are brought together and into focus at that point in time. Some of the moments I depict are 'mind moments' or 'aha' moments which are quite different from real moments in time.

Almost every one of my poems is about a real event in my life or a real event or events in history. Like photography, I believe anchoring my work to the real gives it added power.

I also changed the way English Haiku poetry has been laid out which, in the past, has been three lines. My long vertical layouts are actually closer to the original Japanese which were drawn vertically on a scroll.

In most poems I added pictures, which again is often a traditional way of printing and presenting poems in Japan. Since I am a photographer and also an editor of photography, I feel I can add a depth to my poems by the inclusion of imagery.

A Haiku poem in Japanese. (

The short form has many advantages, both to the writer and the reader.

For the reader, it requires all of their attention but only for a few seconds. Yet that full attention is worth everything -- as it gives the poem room to breathe -- time for the full resonance of the images to be heard in the reader's mind.

Since the poems are short, a writer can write these in their head and revise them in their head. For people who are trying to balance work and art, this allows this art form to be worked on continually without upsetting the normal day-to-day work schedule.

This way of combining work and art has been successfully done in the past by the famous poet Wallace Stevens, for example, who composed "poems on his way to and from the office and in the evenings" while at the same time being a major executive at an insurance firm. 

To see a full range of Haiku-like poems in English go to the following page which links to a large variety of these poems in a wide variety of forms and styles created by famous and virtually unknown writers:  


To see more of my poems, Haikus and literary works, you can view my eBooks online or download them as PDF documents at this web address:  

My Haikus have been published in:
The New Hope International Review, Cheshire, UK, Volume 20 #3.
black bough (publisher of Haiku and related poetry), Flemington, NJ, Issue Number Six.

I have always been passionate about poetry and felt that I could only say certain things at certain times using poetic language. Here is this idea in my own words:

Poetry is not just a way of writing, 
it is the only way to say certain things.

Much more than a writing style, 
poetry is its own language 
which allows the writer to say things 
only possible with/in poetry.

------------- And here is a similar idea by a famous English poet -------------

To be a  poet  is a condition rather than a profession. 
Robert Graves

Haiku inscribed on a stone in Japan. (

"Cut fish head on a golden rope (hung above a house as a defense against evil spirits). 
With a poem." Caption and picture from