Three Haiku Poems – Don’t Feed Them (For Ryn)

Illustration by Poet Rummager

I smile as they starve.
Their bones protruding from skin.
I’m hungry, they scream.

I watch them grow small.
Not one crumb from me again.
They hunger for pain.

I’ve dug them a grave.
Fears, no longer being fed,
are in the ground — dead.


Ryn’s Metal Art Sculpture


A Word From Ryn

Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer who loves dogs, Reiki and vanilla coffee. She holds a BFA in creative writing and MA in English literature from Brooklyn College, with a thesis on subway folklore.

She’s been on staff of several newspapers across the nation, and her freelance writing and artwork have been featured in publications and purchased from folks around the world. Australia has awesome taste!

Ryn & Elmo

Rynski creates her art in her Arizona backyard, with ideas that sprout from the ongoing array of nature in her yard, dog antics in her house, and offbeat ideas in her head. 




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  1. I am right now in trouble…i just ordered starving sailor and when i got my food your post pop out…whoaaaa…am i goin to eat or just walk out…lol…

    Really starving..😎😎😎😎

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  2. Lovely illustration. Great trio of haiku and theme. I’m wary of burying fears – they keep us on our toes and help create a rounded character – too much fear and we become paralysed…too little and we become careless. Perhaps bury them just a little.

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  3. Your haikus ushered in a darkness so complete I thought the eclipse had arrived early. And though a little scrawny from lack of food, each fear-filled line was delicious. Your darkness lights the world, Rose.🌞🌎🌞

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  4. I love your illustration, Rose! And the haiku trio is awesome! Wish I could bury my fears too but they seem to be from the zombie kind and always come back no matter how often I crunch their skulls under my boots…

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