Monday, October 31, 2005,8:50 PM
mockingbird (haiku)
mockingbird...
he sings to the moon
keeping me awake
 
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,8:47 PM
pine-needles (haiku)
pine-needles hang
from flowers in a pot...
both are prisoners
 
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Sunday, October 30, 2005,12:55 AM
One Last Look (haibun)
She takes one last look around the house to be sure all is out. She looks in the master bedroom and sees the scar on the wall made by the dresser when it was mooved out. "One last dent", she laughs to herself.
Now she goes through the closets. They're empty, other than dust and lint. It reminds her of the first time they saw them.
She goes out the garage door and closes it. Only then does she realize that she'll never be in there again.....


egg shell
on the ground...
home for a robin
 
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Friday, October 28, 2005,10:52 PM
Sound of a Lawn Mower (haibun)
The annoying sound of a lawn mower rattles my thoughts. I walk to the window and see the old man going at it again. I wonder why it bothers me so much. Is it because of the noise or could it be because his yard looks so much better than mine?
I turn the radio louder and walk back to my desk.

birds laugh
knowing the work is futile...
sun starts to fall
 
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Thursday, October 27, 2005,10:01 PM
Waiting For The Light (haibun)
Waiting for the light to change, he taps to the tempo of the windshield wipers. Staring at the back of a pickup, he wonders how long he will make it at work. Should he quit before he's fired?
Hearing a honk behind him, he sees that it's directed at him. He drives on...

rain falls on street
all look for shelter...
it won't cleanse my mind
 
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,9:27 PM
rabbit (haiku)
rabbit quickly runs
seeing me an enemy...
sound startles me
 
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,8:19 PM
We Stand At The Door
we stand at the door
holding the day,
wondering what we'll see.

will there be lights?
will they be bright or dim?
will there be windows?

we've seen all kinds of rooms.
in some we felt welcome
while others snubbed us.

some of the rooms are warm,
full of happy, loving people.
Some are cold, dark and lonely.

it's our time now.
take a big breath,
open the door.......
 
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005,10:07 PM
laughing (haiku)
my daughter laughs
flowers listen jealously...
the sun seems brighter

Me and Hannah Posted by Picasa
 
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,10:05 PM
yesterday (haiku)
yesterday comes...
interrupting the present
it never leaves
 
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,10:01 PM
listen (haiku)
new song
a familiar voice...
why do I know this?
 
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Monday, October 24, 2005,11:51 PM
Pine Cone (haiku)

Harcourt Arboretum
Originally uploaded by Stuart Bryant.
the sharp edged pine cone
its purpose hidden from us
waiting for its time
 
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,10:24 PM
thunder (haiku)
thunder
birds hear it first
covering the nest
 
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,10:21 PM
memory (haiku)
empty nigh
echo of past love...
her name a shroud
 
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,9:53 PM
geese (haiku)
geese fly South
other birds watch helplessly
some day I'll follow
 
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,1:33 PM
Rose (haiku)
I see a dead rose
laying under my pine tree
the squirrel seems to mourn now
(3rd Grade class 10/24/05)
 
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Saturday, October 22, 2005,11:07 PM
children (haiku)

Squirrel at Berkley
Originally uploaded by little.jafa.
children yell out loud
unable to hold their joy
the squirrel understands
 
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,11:00 PM
Autumn (tanka)

island
Originally uploaded by jaki good.
stream of bright colors
each complimenting others
in the autumn trees
nature reminds us of life
and how delicate it is
 
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Friday, October 21, 2005,11:02 PM
cold (tanka)
breath melts the air
frozen by the cold wind.
where is the warmth?
has it left forever?
I'll never be warm again.
 
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,10:55 PM
Some People Like Winter
Some people like Winter.
I'll like the inventor
that comes up a way
to stay warm every day.

Some people like snow.
I'll just never know
why people want ice -
for me it's not nice.

I'll always like June
when we're sweaty by noon
and the ice that you see
will be floating in tea.

So keep all your cold
that makes me feel old
'cause my dreams will soon bring
all the flowers of Spring.
 
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Thursday, October 20, 2005,9:39 PM
Clouds (tanka)
Heavy dark clouds move
Keeping the air still and cool
Long distance thunder
Animals listen to them
I'm feeling the first rain drop
 
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005,9:53 PM
Grass (haiku)
after a hard rain
the grass tries to stretch
begging for warmth
 
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005,9:02 PM
Leaf (haiku)
the leaf
hardened from the sun
wanting to go home
 
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Monday, October 17, 2005,12:33 PM
Riverboat (haiku)
the riverboat
softly cries
but the moon can hear
 
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,12:32 PM
Summer (haiku)
summer has gone
the land remembers
but not for long
 
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,12:29 PM
River (haiku)
the river
swells with pride
we're forced to endure
 
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,11:02 AM
Without The Past
Without the past
we would never know
how to think
or love.

Without the present
we would never feel
our strength
or weakness.

Without the future
we would never have
a reason to work
or live.
 
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,11:00 AM
moon (haiku)
the sadnis
of the full moon
covers me
 
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,10:59 AM
Mirror (haiku)
he looks
in the mirror
yesterday returns
 
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,10:57 AM
Mockingbird (haiku)
the mokingbird
speaks not
for himself
 
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Saturday, October 15, 2005,11:56 PM
Fall (haiku)
The weary Sun ends,
knowing that it's time for Fall.
Trees begin to weep.
 
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,11:52 PM
Breathing (senryu)
"How do I inhale",
says a man full of hot air.
"Exhale", I reply
 
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,11:49 PM
Full Moon (haiku)
the midnight full moon
looks through the slow moving clouds
I hear the church bell
 
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,11:47 PM
Leaves (haiku)
leaves fall from a tree
each one has its own color
they get rest at last
 
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,11:45 PM
Barking (senryu)
dogs keep barking
I wonder if they will stop
or do they see me?
 
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,11:43 PM
A Man (senryu)
a man sees something
knowing it belongs to him
but he ignores it
 
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Friday, October 14, 2005,10:06 PM
While You Passed By
While you passed by
I saw you from a distance.
Where you were going
I don't know, but
I'll always know where you have been.
 
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Thursday, October 13, 2005,10:15 PM
Diamante
.................Summer.....................
...............hot, bright..................
............sweat, swim, mow...............
....baseball, swimming, hockey, skating.....
...........shiver, ski, shovel..............
...............cold, dark...................
.................Winter.....................
 
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,9:35 PM
Cinquain 2
..............working....................
.............every day...................
.........hoping to get ahead.............
...panicking when seeing the clock.......
..............bondage....................
 
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Wednesday, October 12, 2005,9:36 PM
Cinquain
.................Oak..........................
...............very old.......................
..........growing every day...................
........it draws my imagination...............
.................tree.........................
 
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Sunday, October 09, 2005,10:09 PM
The Spiderlily
The spiderlily
pops up from the dirt,
letting us all know
where she is.
Little does she know
that the world
is not impressed.
It will sneer
and heckle her
until she gives up
and quietly bows down.
 
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,10:07 PM
Sunset (haiku)
The Sun is falling,
Bleeding up into the sky.
The East turns his back.
 
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Saturday, October 08, 2005,10:25 PM
WalMart Parking Lot on Saturday Night
bright lights full of bugs
that are agitated by the
noise and the smell

one car after another
showing the owners
life story

puddles and stains
of cigarette butts,
spit, and God knows what

shopping carts
line out an obstacle course
for tired people

kids are bouncing and yelling,
seeing the world
they miss on school nights

people overload trunks
with white plastic bags full
of what they need and don't need

this is, indeed, the
21st century
version of the Colosseum
 
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Friday, October 07, 2005,7:03 PM
Halloween (haiku)
used sheets mock the dead
laughing kids invade the yard
bowls full of candy
 
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005,10:12 PM
Past and Present
She sinks into the recliner.
The distant thunder of children
Puts her to sleep.

Having too much on his mind
From drowning in his own youth,
He doesn't hear them.

Is there a warehouse, he wonders,
Where my memories are kept?
If so, can I put mine away?

One of his daughters runs in,
Complaining about her brother,
So he nods to her and sends her back.

She wakes up and asks him
What was going on.
Nothing, he says, and laughs to himself.

The future, he decides, is more important.
Then he pulls himself from the couch
To pick out some clothes for tomorrow.
 
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,10:08 PM
Smoke From The Grill (tanka)
Smoke from the grill
burns my eyes.
I smell last summer.
..........Finally a reason
..........to smile.
 
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Tuesday, October 04, 2005,10:26 PM
I Hear The Phone (tanka)
I hear the phone
through the window.
I could get it
but I'm not in the mood.
But what if it's her?
 
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,10:21 PM
I See The Seventh Hole (tanka)
I see the seventh hole.
through the smoke
of an old mans cigar.
Should I use the driver
or the four wood?
 
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Monday, October 03, 2005,9:50 PM
Her Yesterday Face
Her yesterday face
Is in my mind.
Why should I share it?
She's safe here.
No judgement
No leering
No ending
 
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,9:47 PM
piano (haiku)
I wish I could see
the child at the piano.
nerves but deliberant
 
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,9:42 PM
thoughts from the past (tanka)
the thoughts from my past
fight against the cold and fog
and some won't make it
so they will stop where they are
until I trip over them.
 
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Saturday, October 01, 2005,10:51 PM
I Have Made A Pact
I have made a pact
With the tarantula
After seeing his beauty
And his grace
As well as his fear.
 
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,10:46 PM
In My Mind
In my mind
I can change the past.
Some who are first
Will soon be the last.

There's no more worry
When I'm forced to compete.
I'll make a victory
When I'm forced with defeat.

You'll never guess
When you see my bruise
That in my world
I will never loose.
 
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,7:39 AM
she said she'd call me (tanka)
She said she'd call me.
I don't know if she meant it.
Should I hold my breath?
I'll go back to my writing
But the phone rings and I stop.
 
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,7:37 AM
Lake (haiku)
ripples from the wind
the swan glows from the sun
end of September
 
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