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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 4: the taste

 

sultry night
kissing my daughter's brow
the taste of her sweat
 
   
  outskirts of Milky Way an oak smouldering
   
stage set-up –
we follow the space station
passing the stars
 
   
  empty
sky

above
the

missile
silos

enough
wheat

to
feed

a
galaxy
 
wilderness park
i pitch a tent
on the outskirts
of my life
 
   
  five months leave
gone past this night —
again, Vietnam
   
his letters
are beginning to fade
cleaning out day
 
   
  a brain boiling on its stem
atom against atom
in a grain of sand

(Hiroshima day)
 
maggots leaving
the squashed fly ...
grandson
 
   
  meet lobster boy –
slept on his left side
in the sun, poor guy
 
bunker tide
midnight waves slide overboard
sucking in moonlight       (*)
 
   
  too early the dawn in my dream
 
morning moon ahead of us in the hall  
   
dark earth from a broken pot over heirloom seeds  
 

Authors (from the top): "sultry night" Nora Wood; "outskirts of Milky..." Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah; "stage set-up" Richard Stevenson; "empty/sky," "wilderness park" Ed Markowski; "five months leave," "his letters" Pris Campbell; "a brain boiling..." Peter Yovu; "maggots leaving" Quendryth Young; "meet lobster boy" Richard Stevenson; "bunker tide" Garry Eaton; "too early...," "morning moon..." Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah; "dark earth" Peggy Lyles