Is it doing right, or is it the lesson we learned the hard way? I couldn’t decide and went with both in these unrelated haiku:

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Twisting Devastation

Twister’s deadly path
Nature, tamed, is just a myth
Moral learned – again

The Swift Survive

Animal lessons
Fittest flee, for speed means life
Safari morals

Tiger of Different Stripes

The moral tiger
Respects life and doesn’t kill –
He’s really skinny

I took a few days off from writing as life got busy, but coming back, I was greeted by a challenging prompt at Haiku Heights. Looking at “moral” from two different perspectives, I wrote about a story’s moral, as in avoiding tornadoes! Then with The Swift Survive, I thought about morals with which we might not agree as humans. Extending that thought a little more, it turns out that morals have consequences, even in tigers!

I found Tiger of Different Stripes to be the most fun to write, but each of them holds a unique message. Please let me know which you enjoy most.


About ewdupler

Gene is an avid outdoorsman, loves reading and is known to put pen to paper (well, he types) as an amateur poet.
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7 Responses to Moral

  1. Alice Keys says:

    Not much but fat tigers at the top here. This last haiku is a good reminder of what to look for if you really want to know the morals of a person.

  2. 4joyjoanne says:

    ‘and the moral of the story is….’ The first was powerful – we are all guilty of fooling ourselves….and the last cracked me up!

  3. WabiSabi says:

    It seems to me that, for a tiger, killing to eat is not a question of morality at all. For humans, on the other hand, killing has moral implications regardless of why one kills! I think all three of your poems are though-provoking! Keep writing!Who is (Im)moral?

  4. Panchali says:

    ‘Empathize’ is the greatest and most accurate message for this particular prompt! …

  5. Claudia says:

    All the haiku are great! But my favorite is the last. 🙂

  6. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Learning and re-learning the moral of any story: a life-long process.

    Moral Compass

  7. Karin Wiberg says:

    I like the skinny tiger–very clever.

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