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Summer 2007, vol 5 no 2

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli

This issue of Senryu is dedicated to:

Kaji Aso
[1936 - 2006]

 

 

Unable to decide
which balloon to pick
she begins to cry.

Arizona Zipper

 

blue popsicles —
the children
compare tongues

Stanford M. Forrester

 

back from the beach
explaining to my daughter
why sunlight comes off

Steve Dolphy

 

bumper cars —
all the boys bump into
the cute girl

Stanford M. Forrester

 

laughing
at my mismatched socks
the legless boy

Steve Dolphy

 

custody weekend
inside her backpack
cinderella

Roberta Beary

 

watching the dogs
she asks about the birds
and the bees

Carol Raisfeld

 

by the tiger's cage
a little boy starts crying
when he sees me

Steve Dolphy

 

sunday school lesson...
  a young boy counts
          his ribs

Ed Markowski

 

expiatory mass
two altar-boys
two yawns

Bakos Ferenc

 

we play
peekaboo
through the windows
of your toy bus

Anita Virgil

 

bed time...
she asks if her rag doll
can stay up late

Kala Ramesh

 

our child
who will not go to sleep —
sheep on her pajamas

Tom Clausen

 

Down! Stay!
the veterinarian's wife
puts the kids to bed

Carol Raisfeld

 

every resemblance
in their new born
gets promptly claimed!

Kala Ramesh

 

conjoined newborns
one given a soother
both stop crying

Garry Eaton

 


Credits:

"Unable to decide" from The Haiku Anthology, 3rd Edition, copyright © 1999 by Arizona Zipper; by permission of the author.

"blue popsicles" from Point Judith Light, copyright © 1999 by Stanford M. Forrester; by permission of the author.

"bumper cars" from Haiku Presence (England) #19, copyright © 2003 by Stanford M. Forrester; by permission of the author.

"expiatory mass" from Rising Moon Shadow, Self-Published, copyright © 2000 by Bakos Ferenc; by permission of the author.

"we play" from A Long Year, Peaks Press, copyright 2002 by Anita Virgil; by permission of the author.

"our child" from Dim Sum 2004: 2, copyright © 2004 by Tom Clausen; by permission of the author.


 

 

indian wedding night:
the relatives reluctant to leave
the bride's bedroom

Kala Ramesh

 

picket line ...
yelling, aunt Dora forgets
what she's protesting

Carol Raisfeld

 

aunt sadie
talks about her new kidney
at the organ recital

Carol Raisfeld

 

mother-in-law;
the blouse I told her I like
beginning to fade

Scott Metz

 

While imitating Pinky Lee
my brother falls
on his ass.

Alexis Rotella

 

Wearing her
"Worlds Best Mom" T-shirt,
She wallops the whining kid.

Alan Pizzarelli

 

sudden marriage:
his brother waits in line
to meet the bride

Sandra Simpson

 

in-laws over —
baby looks like everyone
on their side

Brian Pastoor

 

mother's day
she tells me everyone
already called

Roberta Beary

 

anniversary....
none of the cards
says what I want

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

on a runaway horse
aunt sophie's bra
around her neck

Alan Pizzarelli

 


Credits:

"While imitating Pinky Lee" from Looking For A Prince, White Peony Press, copyright © 1991 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

"wearing her" from Long Shot, volume 25, copyright © 2002 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.

"on a runaway horse" from Senryu Magazine - out to lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright © 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.


 

 

senior discount day
an octogenarian
packs my groceries

Ed Markowski

 

20th anniversary
the couple celebrate
their patience

Keiko Izawa

 

at the height
of the argument the old couple
pour each other tea

George Swede

 

senior citizen's club —
women with hair in all colors
except gray

Kala Ramesh

 

At the community hall
one old lady shouts "BINGO"
the others say "shit"

Alan Pizzarelli

 

Tug-of-war…
"Now let the puppy win,"
says Grandpa.

Anita Virgil

 

"this box looks nice!"
the boy helps grandpa
choose a laxative

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

again, the old barber
cuts my hair
too short

George Swede

 

well dressed and debonair —
the most eligible bachelor
in the nursing home

M. Kei

 

wind break ...
grandpa in his own pew
sunday morning

Carol Raisfeld

 

our wedding pictures
and grandmother whispering
"His best man was black"

Brian Pastoor

 

the new nanny
shows the wife her
medicare card

Carol Raisfeld

 

Grandpa's catch —
one snapper
for an old crab

Francis Masat

 

Turning her back
on beloved grandparents
who stopped for a kiss.

John Hawkhead

 

The old widower
still sleeping on
his side of the bed

Jesse McGowan

 


Credits:

"at the height" from Cicada, copyright © 1977 by George Swede; by permission of the author.

"At the community hall" from Long Shot, volume 25, copyright © 2002 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.

"Tug-of-war" from One Potato, Two Potato Etc, Peaks Press, copyright © 1991 by Anita Virgil; by permission of the author.

"again, the old barber" from Arc, copyright © 1984 by George Swede; by permission of the author.

"our wedding pictures" from Brussels Sprout 12.3, copyright © 1995 by Brian Pastoor; by permission of the author.