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Winter 2008, vol 6 no 4
 

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli

 

 

SENRYU ON A PUN
pt. 2

 

She worked the blood drive
hoping to find a good man
but none were her type

Belly Peterson

 

they met at a haiku workshop
their romance
brief

Bob Brill

 

Strip poker—
I take off.

Alexis Rotella

 

closet renovation —
removing all her clothes
she nails the carpenter

Carol Raisfeld

 

wine taster:
he talks about the vintage
of the waitress

Dana-Maria Onica

 

among
the many perks
free coffee

Barry George

 

The nun
picks her nose —
old habit.

Alexis Rotella

 

the string beans I planted,
never sprouted
sow be it!

Ted Heavens

 


Credits:

Egg Lady cover design by Donna Beaver, Egg Lady Photograph 1918, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

"strip poker" and "The nun" from OUCH: Senryu That Bite, Modern English Tanka Press, copyright © 2007 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.


 

Home Sweet Home

 

Setting the table,
clearing the table
this is my Life.

Alexis Rotella

 

again outside my mailbox
deer poop . . .
inside my mailbox
other shit

Anita Virgil

 

first time at her place
bookshelves filled with
old TV Guides

Mykel Board

 

watching TV with mom
I avert my glance during
the bedroom scenes

Gautam Nadkarni

 

the niece
I cradle in my arms
wants down

Christopher Patchel

 

progress report –
my son is no good
at lying

Bob Lucky

 

after the row with his daughter,
he goes to his room
and plays Wagner, full blast.

Liam Wilkinson

 

after the family photo
mom removes
her dentures

Gautam Nadkarni

 

my nephew's fastball—
I hand back his glove
and keep the sting

Barry George

 

The wedding over,
  he listens to her snore
      and lights another pipe.

Arizona Zipper

 

in the dream
my dog has a whistle
only i can hear

John Stevenson

 

The cat scratches

so

do

I

Mykel Board

 

making sure
nothing grows
the rock gardener

David Gershator

 


Credits:

"Setting the table" from OUCH: Senryu That Bite, Modern English Tanka Press, copyright © 2007 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

"first time at her place" from Voices and Echoes, HSA Members' Anthology, edited by Carlos Colon, copyright © by Mykel Board; by permission of the author.

"my nephew's fastball—" from bottle rockets #11, copyright© 2004 by Barry George; by permission of the author.

"The wedding over," from A Pale Leaf, © 1981 Arizona Zipper; by permission of the author.

"in the dream" from Frogpond, copyright © 2004 by John Stevenson; by permission of the author.

"making sure" from Frogpond, copyright © 1994 by David Gershator; by permission of the author.


 

Community

 

crowded subway
on an old woman's wrist
tattooed numbers

Matthew Cariello

 

commuter train —
     that girl again
reading another romance

Michael Dylan Welch

 

reading eyes
she opens her fan
when they meet mine

Francis Masat

 

smiling back I find
that the blond is smiling
at someone else

Gautam Nadkarni

 

first day of school —
alone at the bus stop
his long pants itch

Carol Raisfeld

 

first visit —
the dentist admires the tooth
on her stuffed rabbit

Carol Raisfeld

 

mother's day
a nurse unties
the restraints

Roberta Beary

 

after surgery
the surgeon steps into
his carpenter jeans

Ed Markowski

 

firecrackers,
the old soldier's fingers
tighten on his crutch

Jerry Kilbride

 

"he's friendly,"
assures the owner
of the wet dog

Christopher Patchel

 

express checkout
   the fat woman counts
the thin man's items

Michael Dylan Welch

 

checkout line
my dad
could talk to anyone

John Stevenson

 

Location, Location, Location
no money
no location

Jian Zheng

 

studio audition
her stomach growls louder
than her feeble voice

kala ramesh

 

the fat nun
outsings
the choir

Anita Virgil

 

six nuns
stop biting their clams to stare
at the seventh, dancing

Anita Virgil

 

first origami class
the instructor
looks like a crane

Pamela A. Babusci

 

Guys at the class reunion —
their bellies
precede them.

Alexis Rotella

 

frat house —
the smell of a dumpster
brings it all back

Barry George

 

"see you soon"...
your eyes
say otherwise

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

swallowing the key
after locking the door
the mime leaves

Francis Masat

 


Credits:

"commuter train —" from Voices and Echoes, HSA Members' Anthology, edited by Carlos Colón, copyright © by Michael Dylan Welch; by permission of the author.

"mother's day" from The Unworn Necklace, Snapshot Press, copyright © 2007 by Roberta Beary; by permission of the author.

"firecrackers" from Modern Haiku vol.XX, No.3, copyright © 1989 by Jerry Kilbride; by permission of the author.

"express checkout" from Fig Newtons — Senryu to Go, Press Here, copyright © 1993 by Michael Dylan Welch; by permission of the author.

"the fat nun" and "six nuns" and from A Second Flake, Montclair, copyright © 1974 by Anita Virgil; by permission of the author.

"Guys at the class reunion" from Looking for a Prince, White Peony Press, copyright © 1991 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

"swallowing the key" from bottle rockets vol.6 no.2, copyright © 2005 by Fran Masat; by permission of the author.


 

This issue of SENRYU is dedicated to friend and colleague
William J. Higgginson
1938-2008

"—Say it, no ideas but in things—
nothing but the blank faces of the houses
and cylindrical trees
bent, forked by preconception and accident—
split, furrowed, creased, mottled, stained—
secret-into the body of the light!

From above, higher than the spires, higher
even than the office towers, from oozy fields
abandoned to grey beds of dead grass,
black sumac, withered weed-stalks,
mud and thickets cluttered with dead leaves—
the river comes pouring in above the city
and crashes from the edge of the gorge
in a recoil of spray and rainbow mists—"

William Carlos Williams
From Paterson I: The Delineaments of the Giants.