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Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3
 

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli
Illustration by Andy Virgil

 

illustration, by Andy Virgil, City Scapes

Urban Life
part II

 

mass transit —
an entire row of seats
to myself

Tanya McDonald

 

going through the tunnel:
the girl looks at her reflection —
so do I

Cor van den Heuvel

 

Bloomingdale’s credit card —
once it was the answer
to everything

Alexis Rotella

 

watching models walk the runway
the widow
applies more lipstick

Bob Brill

 

after seeing a gangster film
three boys leave the theater
swaggering

Bob Brill

 

He tells me
I talk funny —
kid from the Bronx.

Alexis Rotella

 

in the ghetto
  masked sparrows
    fighting

Alan Pizzarelli

 

the boarded-up church
            SI  N
               G
        FOR SALE

LeRoy Gorman

 

twice now
at the abandoned house
Jehovah Witness

Laurence Stacey

 

hard of hearing
he repeats the Lord's Prayer
for the entire plane

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

tent reviiiival!
the preacher's wife
in Prada

Carol Raisfeld

 

saint –
he dismisses worldliness
with bejeweled hands

Gautam Nadkarni

 

spreading my cards
the gypsy covers
a yawn

Laurence Stacey

 

St. Patrick's Day
eating my dinner
with green chopsticks

Mykel Board

 

our fire-engine crew
stops at the drive-in  
for five-alarm-chili

Francis Masat

 

swarming like bees
around the car’s raised hood
Puerto Ricans

Alan Pizzarelli

 

health clinic...
deep in thought she chews
on a carrot

_kala

 

emergency room
nurses share weekend plans
over my chest

Robert Moyer

 

heart failure
the warm hand
of a nurse

Jörgen Johansson

 

hospital food –
between bites she talks
about dying

Susan Constable

 

late February
a statue of Houdini
encased in ice              

Carlos Colón

 

the stiff glove
on the ground
giving me the finger

Jörgen Johansson

 

work day over
the porn stars
leave in separate cars

stephen a. peters

 

first sunroof day!
laser-guided
bird poop

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

family reunion —
everyone sits
with who they know

Laurence Stacey

 

over scotch
our uncle tells us the evils
of drinking

Gautam Nadkarni

 

April Fools
sending the kids to buy
elbow grease

Carol Raisfeld

 

children playing army
rock, paper, scissors
settle the war

stephen a. peters

 

mixed in
with the junk mail —
Missing Child

Laurence Stacey

 

acting like his father
   the child's face
becomes hard

_kala

 

staring intently
the child jumps
as the mime blinks

M. Franklyn Teaford

 

touching the doll there
she tells the lady about
Uncle Frank

Carol Raisfeld

 

charming at first
an old man who still talks to
his old toy bear

Anita Virgil

 

CREDITS:

Drawing NYC street scene by Andy Virgil, (circa 1975), from Andy Virgil blog, copyright © Anita Virgil 2007; by permission of Anita Virgil.

“going through the tunnel” from Cicada IV,4, copyright © 1980 by Cor van den Heuvel; by permission of the author.

“Bloomingdale’s credit card” and “He tells me” from Ouch — Senryu that Bite, Modern English Tanka Press, copyright © 2007 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

“in the ghetto” and “ swarming like bees” from Senryu Magazine —  out to lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright © 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.

 "late February": from Frogpond, copyright © 2001 by Carlos Colón; by permission of the author.

“April Fools” from Shiki Kukai, copyright © 2009 by Carol Raisfeld; by permission of the author.