Four Haikus of Unrequited Love

by Aidan Andrew Dun

Paper-and-ink were of course expensive luxury goods in most parts of the world only two hundred years ago and a career in letters was usually the privilege of men and women of wealth and means. The haiku’s abbreviated form was a democratising mechanism in Japanese literature; it meant one didn’t have to be a millionaire to write poems.

Here the form lends itself for a succinct meditation on the subject of unrequited love.


Supertax of the heart
where one rich in passion
pays to one who lacks.

Lavish feeling
on one far below,
love’s unconditional sainthood.

The unilateral romance:
vampire’s got it made

A tyrant drinks
lifeblood of the heart,
sweet transfusion of the donor.