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Winter 2006, vol 4 no 4

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli

 

URBAN LIFE

 

urban renewal....
a party dress swings
in half a room

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

fresh from a dream
  of sinking in quicksand,
      i enter the factory

Ed Markowski

 

afternoon break —
the hooker savors a hotdog
before the evening rush

Carol Raisfeld

 

paying
the street musician
not to play

Jörgen Johansson

 

for years my skinny neighbor
briskly walked —
fat now, he runs

Anita Virgil

 

breaking stride
to avoid brushing hands
with the homeless man

Karen Sohne

 

new porno shop
locals pass by with
barely a glance

Allen McGill

 

Campaign rally
the politician
adjusts his smile

Jesse McGowan

 

state of the union...
i work through a bag
of stale potato chips

Ed Markowski

 

Broke actor
giving a command performance
to the landlord

Jesse McGowan

 

behind the theater
Hamlet in doublet and tights
ear pressed to cell phone

Bob Brill

 

backstage at the theater
ordering everyone around
the puppeteer

Alan Pizzarelli

 

music class . . .
students troop in
clearing their throats

Kala Ramesh

 

adjusting tux and tails
much of the violinist
settles on his chair

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

As the piccolo player
leaves the stage   a little skip
enters his walk.

Alexis Rotella

 

the blues singer
tells how bad it is
then the sax tells you too

Cor van den Heuvel

 

after fashion show
the short and shy designer
comes out to bow

Jianqing Zheng

 

the aisle blocked
by shoppers — he walks
through the bra section

Jianqing Zheng

 

sales clerk:
on her back
a 99¢ tag

Elizabeth St Jacques

 

last train of the day
its dust settles
on my new shoes

Francis Masat

 

"Home sweet home,"
says the traveling salesman —
checking into a motel.

Jesse McGowan

 


Credits:

"breaking stride" from 2003 Raw NerVZ ESSENTIALS, selections Dorothy Howard, copyright © 2003 Karen Sohne

"backstage at the theater" from bottle rockets, vol.7 no.1, copyright © 2005 by Alan Pizzarelli.

"As the piccolo player" Looking For A Prince, White Peony Press, copyright © 1991 by Alexis Rotella: by permission of the author

"the blues singer" from Curbstones, Chant Press, copyright © 1998 by Cor van den Heuvel: by permission of the author.

"sales clerk" from The Senryu Series, edited by Alan Pizzarelli, Haiku Canada Newsletter, copyright © 1990 by Elizabeth St Jacques; by permission of the author.

"last train", from Mayfly, No.38, copyright © 2005 by Francis Masat; by permission of the author.


 

RURAL LIFE

 

sunrise
"any cock'll do"
crows the capon

Alan Pizzarelli

 

in the bake shop
the baker's smile
sweeter than her cakes

Anita Virgil

 

driving
past the neighbor's corn
to buy the butter

John Wills

 

supermarket…
a few old biddies cackling
over the eggs

John Wills

 

late august
the cattle hand
pours ketchup on his tofu

andrew riutta

 

     "Live Bait"
the shop's proprietor
    sound asleep

Ed Markowski

 

deep sea fishing...
the boy hugs the commode
all the way home

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

in the tree frog's song
strains of "I Got Rhythm"

Alan Pizzarelli

 


Credits:

"Sunrise" from Senryu Magazine — out to lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright © 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli: by permission of the author.

"in the bake shop" from summer thunder, Peaks Press, copyright © 2004 by Anita Virgil: by permission of the author.

"driving" and "supermarket" are two of three senryu John Wills [1921 - 1993] submitted to me when I was editor of the Senryu Series for the Haiku Canada Newsletter from 1989 to 1992. As my editorship ended before I could include them in the Senryu Series, they are here published for the first time in Simply Haiku. (Note: Every effort has been made to obtain additional permission from the grantors; the editor would be pleased to hear from the copyright holders not acknowledged).

"in the tree frog's song" from Senryu Magazine — out to lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright © 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli: by permission of the author.


 

Pets

 

tugging and begging
at the end of his leash
the dog's owner

Mykel Board

 

divorce final —
he picks up the dogs
every other weekend

Carol Raisfeld

 

short-cut cut short —
the old man's dog
unchained

Patricia Neubauer

 

pet shop
i practice
saying no

Ed Markowski

 

some days the old dog shits indoors
and acts guilty — some days she doesn't
give a shit

Anita Virgil

 

The new baby comes home —
again the dog gives his paw
without being asked.

Alexis Rotella

 

Cat on a car trip,
frantically trying to find the window
where the world doesn't move.

M. Kei

 

At customer service,
the incessant complaints
of a parrot.

Ted Heavens

 

first date ...
the cat hisses
at his toupee

Carol Raisfeld

 

thigh to thigh
the movie star
and her mastiff

Arizona Zipper

 

at the party
again, the dog can't
hold his licker

Carol Raisfeld

 

After I wax
the kitchen floor, the dog
runs in place

Alan Pizzarelli

 

while I'm gone
my dog
takes the driver's seat

Christopher Herold

 

Aboard the jet
the lady with a caged bird says:
"It's his second flight!"

Anita Virgil

 

the dog runs after the stick
i pretend to throw

Alan Pizzarelli

 

Old retriever;
    he opens one eye
        at the tossed stick

Garry Gay

 


Credits:

"tugging and begging" from The Parakeet's Mirror, Spring Street Poets, copyright © 1993 by Mykel Board; by permission of the author.

"short-cut cut short —" from Frogpond, Autumn, © 1995 by Patricia Neubauer: by permission of the author.

"the new baby comes home" from Looking For A Prince, White Peony Press, copyright © 1991 by Alexis Rotella: by permission of the author.

"After I wax" from Senryu Magazine — out to lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright © 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli: by permission of the author.

"while I'm gone", from Fig Newtons, Senryu to Go, ed. Michael Dylan Welch, Press Here, copyright © 1993 by Christopher Herold; by permission of the author.

"Aboard the jet" from summer thunder, Peaks Press, copyright © 2004 by Anita Virgil: by permission of the author.

"the dog runs after the stick" from The Flea Circus, Islet Books, copyright 1989 by Alan Pizzarelli: by permission of the author.

"Old retriever" from Woodnotes 31, copyright © 1997 by Garry Gay: by permission of the author.