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The Browncoats Book Of Haikus And Tankas --- The Heroes

by Zucht

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A/N: In August of 2006, after reading a few Haikus and Tankas that I had posted Scifi-warper challenged me to explore all of the characters of Firefly/Serenity in Haikus and Tankas. I hope you enjoy my efforts as much as I have writing them.

AA/N: A Tanka is a longer form of a Haiku, with a 5,7,5,7,7 syllable scheme.

SERENITY
s
s
Haiku #5
Serenity flies
Through the black of tyrany
Seeking her freedom.
H
h
Haiku #11
She fly's in beauty
Seeking the freedom that he
So desperately wants.
h
h
Tanka #6
She was left alone;
Unwanted, uncared for, left
To return to dust.
Until her Captain saw her
And chose to make her his own.
t
t
Haiku #12
She likes her new name.
Although few call her it, She
Likes being called home.
h
h
Haiku #13
The explosion hurt.
But she didn't let him die.
Who knew she could glide?
h
h
Haiku #14
Three understand her.
Her Captain, her mechanic
And the injured girl.
h
h
Haiku #15
She is very proud
Of doing a barn swallow
In the atmosphere
H
H
MAL
m
m
Haiku #1
Love flies into life
Like a gunshot in the back.
Please shoot me right now.
H
H
Haiku #3
No one can deny
Mal is bad in the Latin:
Don't take his freedom.
H
H
Haiku #7
Reavers have no fear
Except when a Shadoe falls
Upon their dead world.
H
H
Haiku #8
Mal will not admit
Five words that he loves to hear,
I love my Captain!
H
h
Tanka #2
Mal cannot admit
His love for Inara yet,
Her career is in
The way, she's a Companion:
Sharing his love's no option.
T
T
Tanka #7
The war was bloody,
Men died along with their faith;
Nobody was left whole.
Mal was left with nothing else
But to find Serenity.
t
t
Tanka #8
Her laughter echoes
Through out his body and soul.
Everybody knows
What he tries to bury deep:
Inara has claimed his heart.
t
t
Haiku #16
Bullets and knives don't
Scare Mal. However, brown eyes
Spin his life about.
h
h
Haiku #17
A bullet did not
Bother him as much as her
Leaving the ship did.
h
h
Haiku #18
His aim has never
Failed, his courage undaunted;
So why run from her?
h
h
Haiku #19
The Black is his life,
There is peace and solitude;
Except from his ghosts.
h
h
Haiku #20
He smiles in his bunk,
His crew is his family;
One even more so.
h
h
Haiku #21
"Do what's right." Ma said.
"Especially when it's hard,
Do your Mama proud."
h
h
Haiku #22
The next job has come
With it's usual outcome;
Nothing comes easy.
h
h
Haiku #23
Mal dreams of a time
When his freedom is not sought;
Holding quicksilver.
h
h
Haiku #24
The Captain's motto
Is: We work before we play.
Words to exist by.
H
H
INARA
i
i
Tanka #9
She knows her job well;
Taking away loneliness
In exchange for coin.
Why can she never accept
That which she pretends to give?
t
t
Tanka #10
The Guild was her life
Until she met a Rouge with
Piercing eyes and His
Basis beliefs in freedom
And living without using.
t
t
Haiku #25
Dreams rob her of sleep,
Afterimages haunt her
Of his sad wry smile.
h
h
Tanka #11
He infuriates
Her with his unwavering
Belief that no one
Should enslave themselves for coin;
Love should be given.
t
t
Haiku # 26
A cup of hot tea
Soothes many a troubled mind,
But not loneliness.
h
h
Haiku #27
She was embarrassed;
Book had brought her dinner, she
Had expected Mal.
h
h
Haiku #28
As Ambassador
She opened many doors; Mal's
Is not excluded.
h
h
Haiku #29
Grace defines her life;
Speech, movement, manners and poise.
Grace is an effect.
h
h
Haiku #30
She enjoys the dance,
Mal leads, then she leads, never
Ceasing in their dance.
h
h
Haiku #31
Mal likes her body,
Even though his focus is
Centered on her eyes.
H
H
SIMON
S
S
Tanka #1
The darkness was real
From horrors too dominant,
When Simon met his
Kaylee in the black of space:
Her light shone through his closed heart. T
T
Tanka #3
Simon is quite strong.
Kaylee's smile melts his resolve.
To save his sister
He sacrificed everything,
The `verse gave back with interest!
T
t
Tanka #4
Kaylee loves the hum
Of Serenity's engines.
Simon loves the hum
Of Kaylee's sweet ardour.
Mixed Simon's universe hums.
T
t
Haiku #6
Simon has found love,
Love he could not imagine:
Kaylee has fixed his heart.
H
h
Haiku #4
A smile from Kaylee
Has cut through th blackness of
Simon's fear locked heart.
H
h
Haiku #39
Disinfectant clean
Once defined his passion;
Now it's engine grease.
H
h
Tanka #15
His heart was closed off,
Devotion to his sister
Was his obsession.
Nothing would get in his way;
He fought hard, she won.
T
t
Tanka #16
Being proper was
Him showing her his respect.
In the black it counts
More than she would like it to;
He shows what he cannot say.
T
t
Haiku #40
He cannot have what
She offers; he must defend
His damaged sister.
H
h
Haiku #41
He's fastidious,
It puzzles him why her feet
Are not offensive.
H
h
Tanka #17
He's lonely and scared,
Nothing in his life is left
Except for River;
His beautiful, talented,
Troubled, sweet little sister.
T
T
Haiku #42
No one understands;
His life is over as far
As he can foresee.
H
h
Tanka #18
There is a lightness
In his heart. An engine room:
Dirty, greasy, open.
The exact opposite of
Where he would choose for their tryst.
T
t
Haiku #43
She shakes in his arms,
He cries with her pain; knowing
He can do nothing.
H
h
Haiku #44
The bullet hit him
And he saw her becoming
Now his protector.
H
H
KAYLEE
K
K
Haiku #9
Her skin is so soft
And her eyes sparkle like stars;
Both pale to her smile.
H
h
Haiku #10
Serenity has
Two hearts; One is quite complex,
The other metal.
H
h
Haiku #32
Strawberries as far
As she can see is her dream;
And a swai doctor.
H
h
Haiku #33
Simon causes her
To forget the aroma
Of fresh strawberries.
H
h
Tanka#12
Engine grease stains her
Skin, and finger nails bitten
To the quick. Simon
Does not mind, in fact, he seems
To prefer her as she is.
T
t
Haiku #34
Kaylee's face smiles when
Ever he's near, no notice
Paid to Mal's scowl.
H
h
Tanka #13
Kaylee's body smiles
Whenever her Simon's near,
No one can doubt
The depth of her feelings for
Her special Core born doctor.
T
t
Haiku #35
An engine's hum is
The sweetest sound in her `verse;
Except for his laugh.
H
h
Haiku #36
Their first kiss was in
The engine room; would have been
More but for River.
H
h
Tanka # 14
Standards she don't meet
Don't mean nothing to Simon;
Kaylee is perfect
In his eyes - where else does it
Matter, except in his heart.
T
t
Haiku # 37
Her pout tears his heart;
He has caused so much heartache
To the one he loves.
H
h
Haiku # 38
Strawberries taste sweet
So do Simon's lips upon
Her amorous lips.
H
H
ZOE
Z
z
Haiku #39
She detest weakness
And has no use for backbirths
Strength is her watchword.
H
h
Haiku #40
A gun in her hand
Feels more natural than a
Flower in her hair.
H
h
Tanka #15
Wash has never let
Her down. He's always ready
With a joke or a
Quip to lighten her mood or
Swoop in for a save.
T
t
Haiku #41
Mal watched her back, through
Blood and gore; except when she
Chose to take a mate.
H
h
Haiku #42
Love didn't change her
Intensity, it deepened
It if anything.
H
h
Haiku #43
Her arched eyebrows and
Steely cold voice can cut as
Deep as her best blade.
H
h
Haiku #44
No one touched her heart
With the love that her husband
Could. Good bye Hoban.
H
h
Haiku #45
With lead flying and
Her two men by her side, she
Will take on anyone.
H
h
Tanka #16
She wants his baby,
Don't matter where they live or
How. She ain't afraid
To have something that would show
The `verse... That they love.
T
t
Tanka #17
She stands there looking
At his grave site. Seeing but
Not seeing. He's gone.
No more jokes, nor dinosaurs,
No more hearing, "Lamby-toes".
T
t
Tanka #18
She'll hold true, she said.
With power and muscle
And the love of her
Friends, she'll hold true; for
Who else will remember him?
T
T
WASH
W
w
Haiku #46
I am a leaf on
The wind, watch how I soar; he
Smiled at her and died.
H
h
Tanka #19
Nobody gets me,
He mumbled to himself. Zo
Comes closest to it.
But if she didn't love me
Would she really understand?
T
t
Haiku #47
The dinosaurs are
Friends, to ward of loneliness
He feels in the Black.
H
h
Haiku #48
Children? Those rug rats,
Knee biters, takers of time.
Maybe Zo's right.
H
h
Haiku # 49
Flying is his peace,
Zo is his passion, no
Peace there - he smiles wide.
H
h
Haiku #50
Flying is his life;
His home, his income, his wife.
Flying is his life.
H
h
Haiku #51
He landed safely.
His last thought was of his wife;
She was down safely.
H
h
Haiku #52
No one can touch his
Lamby-toes; this he knew from
Before she was his.
H
h
Tanka #20
Mal's insensitive,
Uncaring, unruly and
Most of the time, right.
His worst quality is his
Devotion to my dear Zo.
T
t
Haiku #53
Niska brought out my
Worst, or as Mal said to me;
I played what he dealt.
H
H
RIVER
R
R
Haiku #2
River smiles to air,
Madness begets Sanity;
River is now calm.
H
h
Tanka #5
River sees planets
Circling but never touching.
Near than far, repeat.
Madness has many faces,
Like her brother and best friend.
T
t
Tanka #21
No one sees me right;
Crazy girl, crazy girl, fly
Away home. The doc's
In the infirmary and
Kaylee is ready for more.
T
t
Tanka #22
Must hide! Be quiet!
It's still out there on his head!
Ready to attack!
His head will soon cave in from
The weight of the white monster!
T
t
Haiku #54
The color red is
Such a pretty color; he
Looks better in red.
H
h
Haiku #55
Don't touch the floor, Kick,
Spin, Turn, Jump, Leap, stretch; repeat. The smile has escaped!
H
h
Tanka # 23
Simon kissed Kaylee.
Maybe now he will not dream
Of sexin' my friend
And start to live for his love;
Allowing my mind to rest.
T
t
Tanka #24
Inara fights with
Mal; it is their version of
Courtship. No quarter
Given, none asked. Please you two
Quit dancing and start loving.
T
t
Tanka #25
I love to dance - I
Am free from gravity and
Life - Dance in the Black
Between stars and planets - Dance -
Dance till there is no pain.
T
t
Tanka #26
Don't hurt me! Simon!
The thoughts aren't mine, nor the pain. I do not want it;
Leave me alone! No needles!
Don't hurt me! It isn't mine!
T
t
Haiku #56
Labels hide the truth.
Be free little ones, be free.
Be shiny and free.
H
h
Haiku #57
You are such a boob!
Kaylee's right in front of you.
Love - for both of us.
H
h
Haiku #58
I can kill with
My brain, she told the big merc;
She wasn't kidding.
H
h
Haiku # 59
Stars, space, nothingness,
Peace, calm, no demands, solace:
Just me and the boob.
H
h
Haiku #60
Floating with the notes,
Listening to the music;
Kaylee hears it too.
H
h
Haiku #61
Creatures big and strong
Rule superior all over This Land;
Only plastic now.
H
h
Haiku #62
Don't want it. Not now,
Not ever! Please Simon, please
Take the pain away.
H
H
Tanka #27
It's just an object,
Comprehension is easy.
It's just an object,
Understanding is easy;
Captain will understand soon.
T
T
BOOK
B
b
Tanka #28
I will always serve,
It's my nature and my
Vocation, I serve.
No one knows the past I serve;
My past, my future; I serve.
T
t
Haiku #63
My past scares River,
River scares me. She knows me
And all my secrets.
H
h
Haiku #64
I am Shepherd Book,
I now serve the one true God;
He is forgiveness.
H
h
Haiku #65
I beat a lawman.
Now he's dead, kilt threatening
A confused young girl.
H
h
Tanka # 29
Rosemary is my
Spice; A man can eat protein
Cubes till Judgment Day,
If he has some Rosemary
To enhance his enjoyment.
T
t
Haiku #66
Mal's an instrument
He just doesn't know it yet;
His good works are signs.
H
h
Tanka #30
Believe in something;
You inspire too much belief.
Believe in yourself
If nothing else, you have to
Believe, it will lead the way.
T
t
Haiku #67
She's a rare beauty
Who's tempting with out trying;
I must forget her.
H
h
Haiku #68
The strain is welcome;
The effort allows me to
Forget for a spell.
H
h
Haiku #69
The gun felt good in
My hands; Releasing death to
The one who killed us.
H
H
JAYNE
J
j
Haiku #70
I Gave Them What For
I'm The Hero Of Canton
The Man They Call Me
Liberally adapted from Adam Baldwin's Firefly Easter egg H
h
Haiku #71
Ma's orange knit hat;
Pretty cunning don't ja think?
It keeps my head warm.
H
h
Haiku #72
She shore is pretty
Vera is my fav-o-rite,
Gotta treat her right.
H
h
Haiku #73
Mal's not so tough, it's
Easy to best him. He backs
Down from easy fights.
H
h
Tanka #31
Now Kaylee, I've had
My eye on her for a while.
Had a chance to till
That gose doc-tor and his
Moon brained sister came aboard.
T
t
Haiku #74
I won't kill a man
Lessen it's in a fair fight
Fair to me at least - that is.
H
h
Haiku #75
Everyone's in a
Hurry to get someplace else;
Means more food for me!
H
h
Haiku #76
Moon brained girl cut me.
Someday I'll fix her real good,
And her brother too.
H
h
Haiku #77
I weren't in the war.
No way I'd fight for nuthin';
No one's really free.
H
h
Haiku #78
Kaylee's got her priss,
But sum day she'll want a man
And I got the parts.
H
h
Haiku #79
Moon brained kicked my ass.
Weren't fair, tried not to hurt her;
Won't do that again.
H
h
XxxxxxxxxxxxX
X
x
Tanka #37
The show is worthless,
And it cost too much to produce.
There is no profit
In quality programming,
The vapid have more money.
T
T
A/N: no collection ewould be complete without this dig at the *&^*^%*#%$!@@#$!!! that cancelled the show. XxxxxxxxxxxxX
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Fandom:  Firefly
Title:  The Browncoats Book Of Haikus And Tankas --- The Heroes
Author:  Zucht   [email]
Details:  Standalone  |  PG-13  |  gen  |  12k  |  12/02/06
Characters:  All
Pairings:  M/I, S/K, Z/W
Summary:  Haikus and Tankas that explore the ten main characters of the Firefly/Serenity universe.

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