The Art of Haiku

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DESERT SHOOTS
slow stepping onward
a horse grazes desert shoots
pianissimo
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noticing how green it is
rain on the way to Tempe
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late afternoon
a pinch of cilantro
on the tofu
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rectangles of the goat's eyes
and his simple, worthy smell
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alone in a new bed
from this great height
all three Tori in view
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stopped in traffic
looking up at a double rainbow
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under that full moon last night
bamboo clicking clicking
the same war
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ultimate video game
Clausewitzian "shock and awe"
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a new hat
another panhandler
asks me for change
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sitting on the plum-branch
two sparrows watching me write
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paper cup for coins
a grey-haired beggar-woman
blessings, thanks and shame
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late winter cold
a spider on every wall
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our adopted cat,
near-feral, a hunter, curls
on a soft pillow
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a Topanga Canyon bee hive
there since 1969
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almost spring
a line of ants coming out
of the cracked molding
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the cruelty of April
turns into "poetry month"
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and the women come and go
that still pond
plum flowers floating
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a day of looking at paintings
the light inside
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in a lover's shower
long kisses absentminded
ah, spring rain
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plants stolen from our front porch
thieves, too, awaken to beauty
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the clouds
have taken it away
the moon in the window
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giving in to the pressure
willow in the wind
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green leaves, no tulips:
the bulbs, telling us something
more fertilizer!
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a man in the window
dunking cookies in his tea
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bird pecks its image
not seeing affable me
calm behind the glass
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our room empty
just three mats and tea
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with a swatter
stalking two big flies
through the house
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kindergarten haiku-class
talk 10-minutes, then dancing!
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naked in a big bed
pretending we are snowed in
our bodies slowly touching
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still not knowing who I am
just walking along
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even from her hospital bed
facing the grave
she elbows her daughter
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whacky songs for the children
one asks, "How did you DO that?"
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early morning
someone laughing
outside my window
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as the fog dissipates
finally taking off my suit
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little mermaid says
"Am I in this spring fable
to tease or to gleam?"
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under the park trees
children reading Harry Potter
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BARRY SPACKS, LAWRENCE LEONE and KIM HODGES

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