Cycles of the Moon
Poetry is an interesting art. Words, seemingly with no common connections, are linked and highlight specific times. Memories, images, a future, a past. Each word is carefully selected and ordered in such a precise way that each, though it has been used countless times before, is unique. A pattern shapes and a poem is born.
The haiku is an interesting form of poem. Typically thought of in the 5-7-5 format, haiku can offer in just a few lines more insight on a person than nearly anything else. The haiku selected in this work, however, do not all follow the 5-7-5 form, but still highlight times of important significance throughout my life. They highlight the bright times, the dark times, and all of the grey area in between. These are the cycles of my internal moon.
Jeffrey is a writer who is able to incorporate intimate feelings and convey thought provoking images through his work. With the mind of a musician, his background in rock music lends itself to many of his haiku.
with each grain of sand
Many of his haiku seem almost lyrical. Not only does this haiku flow very well, but it also provides a very intense image of thousands of sand particles running though the body of an hourglass. Another outstanding trait of Jeffrey's haiku is the "bluntness" of speech. Many of these haiku may seem "dark", when truly they are just not sugar-coating the issue or focus at hand.
tear inside my head
With many of his haiku being of similar nature, there is also the side of Jeffrey that is very light-hearted. Like many artists, he has a soft-spot. He loves to enjoy time with his cat, Stella, who he has had since she was a few weeks old.
steals my heart
with her squeaky meow
Much like himself, Cycles of the Moon, reflects the many different pieces and phases of his life. Cycles of the Moon includes many brilliantly written haiku to challenge your mind and provoke interesting thoughts.