#414 – 4 Haiku

4 Haiku about June 12, 2016



heart squeezed by anger

the easy spread of hatred

now I want a gun



for the bereaved; I

am not enlightened—I want

to kill the killers



insides torn; don’t know

how to love through rage and grief

can’t find my prayers



we are all sinking

tangled in the godlessness

of separation



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#413 – 2 Haiku

2 Haiku


loneliness beyond

love’s reach; last of the women

who helped raise her—gone



eyes swimming in grief

she treads in desperation

to keep from drowning


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#412 – 2 Haiku

2 Haiku


reverence beyond

words as I begin to sculpt

the World Trade Center





art’s silent prayer

for the souls and families

of so many dead



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#411 – 4 Haiku

4 Haiku


nature’s cruel hunger

raining down into the day

swallowing sunshine



insatiable rain

consuming all bright colors

and spitting out gray



standing in my room

praying for change; then I do

what I always do



I peel back the bark

uncover slivers of light

perhaps God hears me


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#410 – 2 Haiku

2 Haiku


corners of regret

dark echoes of a song I

never learned to sing



scratching at prayers

that sit beneath my anger

can’t seem to reach God


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#409 – 5 Haiku about my brother

5 Haiku about my brother


so much time folded

into a tiny corner




he is angry that

love has brought his family

and friends together



he cannot see or

feel his way through a darkness

his eyes are closed to



an octave higher

his voice climbing over truths

he cannot utter



so quiet his need

to deny the deafening

noise of his defeat



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#408 – “April Snow”

“April Snow”



for an April snow

that has kissed

our Earth

and gone

leaving roots


for water

and the sky


for rain

and all of us

below it

trying to sing

away our pain

as we unfold

our memories

and travel

back in time

to celebrate

and party

like it’s 1999.



R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson



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#405 – beneath the floorboards

beneath the floorboards


is it too late

to be great

to circumvent

the wasted time

twisting up

my fate


have my dreams

once fresh

like fruit plucked

from the vine


in the hiding places


the floorboards

of my mind


is what’s left

a desperate grab

to extinguish

my regret

or can I find

a stone

to carve my

life in permanent




my prayers

leave crystals

in the sand

for futures

to reflect


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#404 – 4 Haiku

3 Haiku


no imoji to

convey the reality

of my depression



her eyes soften, sink

beneath the waves; memories

her mother lives in



in comes the season

bruised and tender from fighting

years of steadfast grief



furious rain pulls

water from the harbor and

throws it in the streets




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#403 – unsung



I am not a good soul

I tire of others

my friendships breathe shallow

beneath envy that smothers

I feed on dark rain

though I pray for the sun

as I walk my night streets

deep into the slum

where fear is deafening

and God’s grace is unsung



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