“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!” (Haiku 9: Steampunk)

~Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. Shelley also wrote: “There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”

Steampunk happens sometimes. It just happens.

 

Haiku 9: Steampunk

(by Kristi Garboushian)

1.

19th-century

mechanics: Mary Shelley’s

gaunt ectoplasm.

 

Art by Edward Gorey ("Amphigorey Too")

Art by Edward Gorey (“Amphigorey Too”)

 

2.

Inner workings breed

clockwork postmodernism –

no contradiction.

 

Antique helmet on antique German trunk

Antique helmet on antique German trunk

 

3.

Dry leather-bound book

trembling with recovery,

Lovecraftian myth.

 

Tentacle

Tentacle

 

4.

Subterranean

yesteryear, macabre air-

ship… gears, cogs, and all.

 

Antique gears

Antique gears

 

This was a fun set to write. Venturing into steampunk in my poetic imagination smacks of midlife crisis, perhaps! Finally! Also, I’m still marveling at the unexpectedness of this whole haiku adventure.