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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3
 

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli

 

Urban Life [part two]

 

44th street
how the tourists dawdle
when I'm so late

Mykel Board

 

A man asks directions —
hand over
his mouth.

Alexis Rotella

 

bending for a dime
two businessmen
bump heads

Michael Dylan Welch

 

bus stop —
he lets the mini skirt
board first

Carol Raisfeld

 

on the city bus
BEEP!
Granma checks her pager

Mykel Board

 

Bus gone
and so is
his toupee.

Alexis Rotella

 

Homeless man
tells the barking dog
"Get a job!"

Herschel Silverman

 

the window washer
girl-watching
without turning his head

Barry George

 

porn theater poster
promises
ACTUAL SCENES INSIDE

Bob Brill

 

at the drive-in movie
  i undo her bra
     double feature

Alan Pizzarelli

 

roadside billboard —
a teen mother holds
her four kids

Jian Zheng

 

doing 55
in the left lane —
doing her eyelashes!

Mankh

 

terminal station
swell ahead — shouts
a drunken traveler

Sasa Vazic

 

approaching subway
he leans out over the track
looking the wrong way

Mykel Board

 

Rush-hour subway —
pressed against a stranger,
our faces expressionless.

Alexis Rotella

 

the men on both sides
have taken
my armrests

Karen Sohne

 

he keeps making room
but no one sits next to him
in the subway car

Jeffrey Rabkin

 

end of the line
the conductor starts turning
the seats around

Cor van den Heuvel

 


Credits:

"bending for a dime" from Fig Newtons -- Senryu to Go, Press Here, copyright (c) 1993 by Michael Dylan Welch; by permission of the author.

"the window washer" from Frogpond 26.1, copyright 2003 by Barry George; by permission of the author

"at the drive-in movie" from Senryu Magazine - out to lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.

"Rush-hour subway" from Carousel, Juniper Press, copyright 1990 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

"the men on both sides" from A small Umbrella, SS, copyright 1995 by Karen Sohne; by permission of the author.

"end of the line" from Curbstones, Chant Press, 1998 by Cor van den Heuvel; by permission of the author.


 

POPULAR CULTURE

 

8 AM
I turn on the TV
to see what the weather is

Mykel Board

 

bored teenager
watching Vanna point
among the squares

Larry Gross

 

awards ceremony —
the ecstatic star hugs
her golden globes

Carol Raisfeld

 

TV sex
the ads
multiply

LeRoy Gorman

 

horror movie
commercial break
my son follows me into the kitchen

Karen Sohne

 

after the news
snapping closed the lid
of a prescription bottle

Dana Duclo

 

when she's not looking
I switch
forks

Tom Clausen

 

Price tag still attached —
rich kid riding
his motor bike.

Alexis Rotella

 

white haired and genteel
leaning over to inspect
the dog's poop

George Mills

 

over an hour now
she's tried
different shoes

Tom Clausen

 

changed my mind
half way through
the tattoo

Jörgen Johansson

 

scouting ceremony
all the mothers
with short hair

susan delphine delaney

 

the feminist
reads her speech
dressed like a man

Alan Pizzarelli

 

Labor Day
long at the mirror
a bald man tries on hats

LeRoy Gorman

 

To thank or despise?
When she says, "You dress well for —
A woman your size."

Linda Delmonico Prussen

 

he admires her dress ...
fantasizing
how he would look in it

Carol Raisfeld

 

the interior decorator
tells the nudist
"the drapes don't match the rug"

Alan Pizzarelli

 

Hawaiian beach
in inverse ratio to their girth
their bathing suits

Mykel Board

 

      fun house music
the pretty vendor flashes
       her tongue stud

Mathew Spano

 

yuppie girl's
sidewalk hopscotch
fifty squares

susan delphine delaney

 


Credits:

"TV sex" from nothing personal, proof press, copyright 2001 by LeRoy Gorman; by permission of the author.

"horror movie" from Woodshavings, Spring Street Haiku Group, copyright 1994 by Karen Sohne; by permission of the author.

"white haired and genteel" from Seer Ox No.2, Michael McClintock editor, copyright 1976 by George Mills; every effort has been made to contact the author. If anyone knows his address, please contact the editor.

"the feminist" from Senryu Magazine - out to lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.

"fun house music" from Modern Haiku, 37.3 copyright 2006 by Mathew Spano; by permission of the author.


 

Marriage, Divorce, and Other Arrangements

 

       second time round
this time she chooses someone
        not like her father

Dina E. Cox

 

that wild whisker
the razor always missed
finally snipped by his new bride

Jim Doss

 

He forgets
our anniversary —
pond scum.

Alexis Rotella

 

her eyes travel
to his shirt collar —
smudge of lipstick?

Chris Mooney-Singh

 

feeling guilty, she
decided not to leave him—
yet.

Jessica Lafortune

 

ah! to be with
who I thought you were
last summer

Barry George

 

after the divorce
she fits back into
her old dress

Alan Pizzarelli

 

old flame
not as handsome
as he used to be

Dana Duclo

 

blind date
she brings her dog
up for a drink

Bob Lucky

 

new crush —
dabbing perfume
in forgotten places

Brynne McAdoo

 

I came by cab to tell
how I felt about last night
but could not press the bell

Chris Mooney-Singh

 

a knock at the door—
the simple hello
that means so much more

Jim Doss

 

written in salt
on the diner table
a lady's name again and again

Jim Doss

 

Taps...
the widow folds her life
and puts it away

Dave Baldwin

 


Credits:

"ah! to be with" from Solares Hill, copyright 2005 by Barry George; by permission of the author.

"after the divorce" from Kiss and Part — Laughing at the End of Romance & Other Entanglements, Edited by Gail White, published by Doggerel Daze, a division of Poetic Vision Press, copyright 2005 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.