Haiku Poem: Buffalo Quake

Quickly find shelter!

A buffalo stampede soon.

We feel our feet quake.

In this haiku, I wanted to induce surprise at the beginning for the reader. What are we hiding from? You might ask.

In the next line, the truth is revealed. A buffalo stampede is coming on the horizon. The line builds suspense because “quickly” and “soon” suggests an immediacy to respond.

More importantly, I wanted the reader to feel involved. Notice “we ” and “our” in the third line. And a final thought: Are the feet quaking out of fear or because of the stampede? Maybe it’s a little bit of both.

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