Thursday, October 12, 2017 | By Rosie Chuong

IN THE FIRST INSTALLMENT of the “You In Haiku” poetry series (view it here), all haikus focused on instances of love and romance revolving around a “you” and a “he” speaking of another individual. The second volume explores a different perspective, in first person and sometimes in third, with lots of “I” and “she” references. Additionally, after learning about late Chester Bennington’s suicide, overhearing my mother tell a story from previous domestic violence experiences and sending my late brother to rest in peace, I have been fascinatingly compelled to explore even darker, deeper stories of my own.

There are more haikus to share (follow along to read them first on social through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), but for now, here is a collection of the ones written from March – September.

To enter my mind,
my heart, my body-you must
abandon yourself

– Rosie Chuong

The fate of cherry
blossoms: fading beauty and
fleeting existence

– Rosie Chuong

She moved like the waves,
either softly swaying or
crashing into you

– Rosie Chuong

One toxic substance
I can’t resist is your kiss.
Give me contact high.

– Rosie Chuong

Your body stretched out
like framed canvas and my hands
tracing lines of art

– Rosie Chuong

I measure distance
time and direction by how
close I am to you.

– Rosie Chuong

It’s where my spirit
meets my bones. That’s where all of
my demons haunt me.

– Rosie Chuong

The fatality
of my freedom: to appear
as what I am not.

– Rosie Chuong

I met with darkness
many times in my life. I
met lightness there too.

– Rosie Chuong

When will we ever
find a way to start? I can
show you who you are.

– Rosie Chuong

Her smile: like
a blanket of stars covering
my darkest night skies

– Rosie Chuong

What would you do with
these lips of mine? They are yours
to kiss and to keep.

– Rosie Chuong

An alchemy of
pure bliss painted on her lips.
Potent is her kiss.

– Rosie Chuong

I want to know what
it 
is that you crave for. Is
it a taste of me?

– Rosie Chuong

FOR MORE INSPIRATION, check out the first volume of the You In Haiku poetry series.

Writing: all haikus were written by Rosie Chuong | Photos: all photos were taken by Rosie Chuong