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Three Haikus

My Alaskan friend of 26 years sends me a haiku every morning. I can follow the weather on her island, the Cubs baseball season, current political shenanigans around the world, and her mood, all because of 19 clever syllables. I tend to wax on, thinking more is better. Her edits on my pieces are covered in red ink, "less - two words, not five - CUT!" I am getting better with word selection, taking out bits and pieces that lead down rabbit trails, and think of her smiling when I cut whole paragraphs. In her honor, and to celebrate National Haiku Poetry Day on April 17th, I submit the only haikus I have ever written, trying to capture a whole scene in 5 -7 - 5





Dawn Ruckus

dawn ruckus ensues

flashlight reveals horror of

dead bunny, smug cat



Jake

pillow stealing cat

nightly struggle for blankets

get your own bed Jake!



Cancer

phone call - cancer spot

out comes the doctor's knife - SLICE

SOB - I will be brave



Stormy Haikus

awake at midnight

in the dark I grab your hand

this storm is scary!


rain slashing sideways

wind rattling the windows

no leaks here. I say


but the other house?

are the trailer windows shut?

SHIT! NO! GOD DAMN IT!!


leaping from our bed

we race naked to the door

stand there, it is COLD


I'll go - no. I"ll go.

we are delaying the going

launch out into wet


a deluge hits us

watch those slick tiles! careful!

fast then faster


up the stairs, breathless

door thrown open, windows shut

mission accomplished


I dry your shivers

you pull back the comforter

cold bodies snuggle


sleep comes at long last

the brouhaha is over

just a haiku now

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