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February 2006 Issue VI:1

Haiku/Senryu

Keiko Izawa

winter loneliness
the warmth of
the old cat's tongue
   
  heated argument...
in the soup bowl
a closed clam
 
   
indian summer
the faint taste of lemon soda
on his lips

 

 

ed markowski

    fog...
i've got to begin
somewhere
  long kiss
we peek
at the same time
 
meditation hall
every monk
is nothing in disguise
   

 

 

Ann K. Schwader

sculpture garden --
the criticism
of ravens
   
  counting
the morning glories . . .
summer's end
 
    blue light
threads the lavender
dragonfly

 

 

Robbie Gamble

    almost
a regular pulse
heat lightning
  tollbooth
collector's lipstick
bleeding
 
his sneakers dangling
from the telephone wire
cloudless sky
   

 

 

Helen Buckingham

morning neuralgia
the bus
throws its shadow
   
  feet in the harbour
trading
reflections
 
    City dusk...
a single grey
balloon

 

 

Dru Philippou

    the desert
in the still wings
of a dragonfly
  cymbal clash
the silence
opening between them
 
Indian summer
two women on a bench
discussing hot flashes
   

 

 

Aurora Antonovic

unforecasted snowfall
his letter
in my inbox
   
  bitter wind
the old man’s
empty pipe
 
    chipped tombstone
not even the memories
are perfect

 

 

Bruce Ross

    wave after wave crash
I begin to remember
something lost
  Rosh Hashanah
around the fruit trees
deep morning mist
 
autumn rain
on a draft horse's belly
sawdust
   

 

 

eric houck jr.

once i too
believed in magic
winter's ache in my bones
   
  widow's moon
the scarecrow
with mended clothes
 
    midnight snow
only the streetlamps notice
how quietly

 

 

Kevin Doran

   

day planned for the hammock –
the top buttons undone
on your blouse . . .

 

years after –
the same shrine
and effigy

 

boxing day –
hung-over from irish
christmas cake

   

 

 

Elizabeth Howard

hands on hips
three boys stand
by the fresh grave
   
  deep in the woods
only the hermitage
covered with snow
 
    a wide river
splashing rainbows
of naked children

 

 

Peggy Willis Lyles

    a backhoe
stalled in goldenrod -
low sun
  a lantern
in the pothole -
moonset
 
the net
into deep water
clearing sky
   

 

 

David Giacalone

last week of the year
ice floes rush
to the waterfall
   
  january thaw
motionless trees
tremble in the river
 
    hazy winter moon
the face I met
when our skin was smooth

 

 

Margarita Engle

    old barn
freshly painted
the hex signs
  windstorm
all the seagulls
fly sideways
 
wanderlust
in a long dream
time travel
   

 

 

John Stevenson

first snow. . .
settling into
old feelings
   
  autumn rain-
certain thoughts
that I can’t shrug off
 
    winter
the interval
between park benches

 

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