Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Each person and thing
has its own purpose and place
nothing is useless

Things are not useless
just because they don't serve me
right here and right now


When it comes to you
talking seems impossible
words almost useless


The bus driver said
his handle was Rubber Nail
because it's useless


When we give flowers
we give something so useless
- except to show love


Effort is useless
That can be a shameful thought
or a holy one


Guilt can be useless 
when we carry it around
It's meant to change us


The strong desire
to be considered normal
can be quite useless


Always remember
some notice only if you're
not useless to them


Sometimes asking for
advice from others can help
Sometimes it's useless


Keats and Costello
disagree about beauty-
uselss or the truth


Trying not to write
like not breathing or thinking-
for me it's useless


Internet debates
are among the most useless
of useless debates


Extroverts vomit
muting thought out comments of
useful introverts


People are like salt
useless in isolation-
good with something else


Words can be useless,
even "sorry" and "love you."
Actions are useful.


Inspired by the theme at


Blogger Carlos Gesmundo said...

So many images and thoughts. Congratulations!

January 26, 2014 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Apurva Kandicuppa said...

I loved the comparison with salt...brilliant! :)

January 27, 2014 at 12:47 AM  
Anonymous Reading Pleasure said...

Wonderful bouquet.

January 27, 2014 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Kendall Thorman said...

So very nice done! I like the contrast of the haiku.

January 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Kathy Combs said...

WOW, quite the collection! Nicely done! ♥

January 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger Lmkazmierczak said...

My fav is the salt one...The salt of the earth strikes home♫ All are great slices of life observed! http://lauriekazmierczak.com/use-less/

January 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM  
OpenID alicekeysmd said...

All are wonderful. What variety and creativity. This is my favorite:

The bus driver said
his handle was Rubber Nail
because it's useless


January 29, 2014 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thank you all for the feedback, it means a lot to me.

January 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous judith westerfield said...

You might write an "useful" series to compliment these! Really like the many messages you've gleaned from one prompt

January 30, 2014 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Usha Menon said...

A nice cascade of Haiku.

February 2, 2014 at 6:57 AM  

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