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Winter 2005, vol 3 no 4

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli

Love &  Marriage

sunday service
i petition the lord
to have her look my way

         Ed Markowski

 

moonstruck
a man serenading
the wrong window

         Jörgen Johansson

 

first date
her father's handshake
hurts

         David Bacharach

 

new girlfriend's visit—
on my kitchen counter
a can of roach spray

         Mykel Board

 

drive-in movie
opening our eyes
during the love scene

         Ed Markowski

 

first sweetheart kiss …
both of us embarrassed
by my erection

         Old Ed Folk

 

french kiss—
laughing at the taste
of onion soup

         Carol Raisfeld

 

Tastier my tea
with her one sip—
I keep the cup

         R.K. Singh

 

wedding rehearsal—
she models her new
cup size

         Roberta Beary

 

wedding day—
the usher asks, bride's side
or bride's side?

         Carol Raisfeld

 

not sinking in
until I hear her say
"mother of the bride"

         Karen Sohne

 

No one tries
to catch it—
bridal bouquet.

         Alexis Rotella

 

ceremony over—
the bride unveils
her tattoo

         Roberta Beary

 

second honeymoon
our newlywed daughter
calls to check on us

         Ed Markowski

 

second wedding
her daughter
wears white

         Karen Sohne

 

wedding night
she surrenders
her green card

         Roberta Beary

 

high noon—
the fish vendor's wife buys him
a bottle of cologne

         Robert Wilson

 

hen-pecked by his wife
he slowly peels & salts
a hard boiled egg

         Henny Orpington

 

at dinner the husband drones on...
the wife feeds off
dreams

         Anita Virgil


Credits:

"drive in movie" from bottle rockets issue # 8, copyright © 2002 by Ed Markowski: by permission of the author.

"not sinking in", from for, with & to a red iron sheet, with Marshall Hryciuk, copyright © 2003 by Karen Sohne: by permission of the author.

"second wedding" from Pink Bulldozer, Spring Street Haiku Group, NYC, copyright © 1999 by Karen Sohne: by permission of the author.


 

Family

 

first picnic
the drooling toddler
holds half a worm

         Carol Raisfeld

 

window shopping…
the toddler touches
all the merchandise

         Sanford M. Forrester

 

         her little foot
held out to tickle
         again

         Bob Moyer

 

caught shoplifting—
crying, she beats her child
for wanting the toy

         Martin Shea

 

my parents
old love letters
not from each other

         Jörgen Johansson

 

first day of school
a teacher recognizes me
by my brother's walk

         Chad Robinson

 

mother and daughter
chess game
. . . two queens

         Carol Raisfeld

 

watching
his mother-in-law swim
he hums the theme from "Jaws"

         Jesse McGowan

 

Aunt Millie's
hope chest—
hopeless

         Alexis Rotella

 

last grandchild
asks if she remembers
the dinosaurs

         Dee Evetts


Credits:

"caught shoplifting" from Modern Haiku Vol.4, # 3. copyright © 1973 by Martin Shea; by permission of the author.

"Aunt Millie's" from Looking for a Prince, White Peony Press, copyright © 1991 by Alexis Rotella: by permission of the author.

"last grandchild", from The Senryu Series, edited by Alan Pizzarelli, HC Newsletter, Vol. VII, No.2. copyright (c) 1992 by Dee Evetts: by permission of the author.


 

DIVORCE

 

after the divorce
a miracle . . .
his hearing returns

         Carol Raisfeld

 

To the divorce court
she wears
her highest heels.

         Alexis Rotella

 

custody hearing
seeing his arms cross
i uncross mine

         Roberta Beary

 

driving home
with divorce papers -
green lights all the way

         Michael Meyerhofer

 

divorced
the chicken wringer's job
made easier

         Diana Pandolfo

 

no longer married
only their shadows touch
. . . graduation day

         Roberta Beary

 

lingerie drawer
after the divorce
skimpier

         Deborah P Kolodji

 

divorced—
she rides
the bicycle-built-for-two

         Francis Masat


Credits:

"To the divorce court", from Looking For A Prince, White Peony Press, copyright © 1991 by Alexis Rotella: by permission of the author.

"custody hearing" and "no longer married" from A New Resonance 2: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku., Red Moon Press, copyright © 2001 by Roberta Beary: by permission of the author.

"lingerie drawer" from Go-Shichi-Go Column, Daily Yomiuri, August 10, 2004, copyright © 2004 by Deborah P Kolodji: by permission of the author.


 

FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS

 

meeting an old acquaintance,
in the freezing cold—
same old chatter.

         Lou Punster

 

Punctually at seven
on the stair over there
he takes a swig from a flask.

         Sasa Vazic

 

spurned by my friend
the amorous woman
turns to me

         Shane Bartlett

 

as he stokes the fire
smoke
from our guest's toupee

         Alan Pizzarelli

 

long-lost buddies—
the cop and the guy
who hit my car

         Kay McLain

 

After the neighbor
cuts down our hemlock,
I invite him in for tea.

         Alexis Rotella

 

burning leaves
the neighbor mentions
he's having an affair

         Ed Markowski

 

critiquing poems
the neighbor's jackass
brays

         Anita Virgil


Credits:

"After the neighbor" from Looking for a Prince, White Peony Press, copyright © 1991 by Alexis Rotella: by permission of the author.

"critiquing poems" from Senryu Series No. VI, edited by Alan Pizzarelli, Haiku Canada Newsletter, copyright © 1990 by Anita Virgil: by permission of the author.