Here We Are Again; Another Friday Afternoon at the Haikulodeon

 

 
Here’s this week’s heap of haikus:
 
 
 
tanka haiku:
 
Swing your feet in a
placid pond. The ripples prove
your life has meaning.

Ev’rything we do affects
ev’rything else in the world.

 
 
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Lush red strawberries
displayed at a roadside stand;
cars brake for shortcake.
 
 
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We sometimes redeem
mistakes from our past, but more
likely relive them.
 
 
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Pasty-faced school-girl
in her Summer ‘Goth’ costume,
tickling her friend.
 
 
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We may never know
what winds blow thoughts through our minds,
swirling up our past.
 
 
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Determination
etched into each step he takes
says, “I’m not done yet.”
 
 
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With guitar in hand,
he stood at the crossroads and 
made that devil’s deal.  
 
(Happy would-have-been 102nd birthday to blues legend, Robert Johnson.)
 
 
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tanka hai-clue-less:

Ev’ry so often
he got a prank call that he
did not understand.

Why would teenage boys care if
Prince Albert was in the can?

 
 
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I sit on a bench
in the middle of Times Square.
Alone, without you.
 
 
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Yesterday retreats
to the caves of memory.
Sunshine cleanses souls.
 
 
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The rain had ended.
Central Park looked lush and green
and eager with Life.
 
 
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8 year old’s magic:
‘Throw a pumpkin in the air,
it will come down squash.’
 
 
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Tanka haiku:
Please note: He neither
keeps away from bootleg hootch
when he’s on a spree,

Nor buttons his overcoat.
That’s why she’s divorcing him.

 
 
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Sometimes what we think
are flaws are, in fact, strengths when
in the right context.
 
 
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Crushing a spirit
through humiliation is
what breeds most evil.
 
 
 
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tanka haiku: He sits at breakfast
quietly sobering up
sipping his coffee.

His legs bruised, his hair matted,
he somehow lost his trousers.

 
 
 
 
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On World A.S. Day,
Spondys ’round the world unite;
Fusing Together.
 
(World A.S. Day was Saturday May 4th, 2013)
 
 
 
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