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Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
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Winter 2009, vol 7 no 4
 

HAIKU
 

Assemblage 2: in the dark

 

he placed his skull cap
next to my blinking laptop
in the dark we kissed
 
   
  even if it knew
the flame's heat
moth
   
Calculating ...
a fish leaps to capture
a bite of heaven
 
   
  over deep water smooth animal strokes
     I watch myself get smaller
 
morning sun
a bee thrusts itself
into a daisy
 
   
  a slave ship –
Turner paints light
in the wind
   
in
you
released
 
   
  hard rain
the lines between things
soften
 
on a rocking horse
my journey
thousand years from the south
 
   
  our names
carved on an oak
growing apart
 
missing you . . .
the moon's fullness
lost in the lake
 
   
  hunger pangs —
the kitchen skylight
full of stars
 
the cold cold wind blows me into the blue church  
   
  Cool bright delicate.
Let me wear it around my neck,
this soft splash of rain.
 
goodbye kiss —
soft moonlight touches
the last summer roses
 
   
  the cobblestone of
the city's old quarter
and red leaves
 
a great mystery
neatly solved, the novel ends —
a lamp in autumn
 
   
  purple twilight
blooming iris –
what's the difference
 
steady rain
water ascends
inside the live oak
 
   
  dusk deepens
volcanoes cradle
a crescent moon
 
heavy fog —
unable to see
your lies
 
   
  ocean sunset
all I know
drifts away
 
winter lake
the floodlit pelican
doubled
 
   
  a mountain
divides my country
in equal halves
 
under a stainless steel
bridge
a country disappears
 
   
  a distant train
crossing the plains
summer rains
 

Authors (from the top): "he placed..." Ling Taara"; even if it knew" Nora Wood; "Calculating" Joan McNerney; "over deep water" Peter Yovu; "morning sun" Quendryth Young; "a slave ship" Anne Elvey; "in/you" Terry O'Connor; "hard rain" Penny S. Visser; "on a rocking horse" Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah; "our names" Terry O'Connor; "missing you," "hunger pangs" Susan Constable; "the cold cold..." Dietmar Tauchner; "Cool bright delicate" Joan McNerney; "goodbye kiss" Kristin Riggs; "the cobblestone," "a great mystery" Jeffrey Woodward; "purple twilight" Helen Ruggieri; "steady rain" Bill Cooper; "dusk deepens" Wende DuFlon; "heavy fog," "ocean sunset" Claudette Russell; "winter lake" Quendryth Young; "a mountain" Kalina Trendafilova; "under a stainless steel" Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah; "a distant train" Earl Moore