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HAIKU Sampler

by Dan Brady

copyright, 1993

 

 

1

out by third

two children laughing

kicking at their big red ball

 

 

2

eldest daughter

enjoys the woods always

gentle penetrating

 

 

 

3

two moths about

the elephant ear

intricate shadow play

 

 

4

eldest son

sent for the youngest

clouds gather on the mountain

 

 

5

the crowd cheers

a pop fly caught

the batter slowly returns

 

6

doe and fawn

the mother drinks

from the lake rings on and on

 

 

7

Blue Iris, Blue Iris

Oh, you open

just in time!

 

 

8

 

these fireflies

red leaves and children scatter

all play hide and seek

 

 

 

9

 

high mountain

at the trail side a tiny valley

its lake enough to cup hands in

 

 

10

eldest son standing

with the hoe

looks up at the thunder

 

 

11

 

the leaf

caught up for a moment

falls

 

 

12

 

cold autumn morning

lame pigeon limps along

among skyscrapers

 

13

 

youngest daughter in joy

dances with the rain

bathes with white flowers


14

 

cycling to work

cold dawn wind from the bay

an alarm blares down Howard Street

 

 

 

15

 

Well, a cigarette,

smashed out in the guacamole:

the morning after

 

 

 

16

 

sharing Christmas

four kittens amid ribbons and wrap

tea leaves settle

 

 

17

 

horse bristle push broom

he sweeps the puddle out near first

three gulls move off

 

 

 

18

 

The clay pot

sunlight on the rim around

and around it, an ant

 

19

 


in the field

going wild

idle tractor

 

20

 

 

Scarlet Sumac, white stars of Jasmine,

all sprinkled with dew.

 

 

21

 

a single leaf

clearly singing

how can this be heard?

 

 

22

 

green and brown twigs

part of the plum tree

each a shadow of its own

 

 

23

 

Honeysuckle tangles the

broken wagon wheel

snail tracks on the rusted rims

 

 

24

 

trembling at last!

the maple leaf

unfolds its new shadow

 

25

 

The sparrow hops about

on the stepping stones

I hem and haw over teas

 

 

 

26

 

running off

the sparrow escapes

with the huge cherry

 

 

27

no longer!

the maple leaf

swirls to fall

 

 

28

 

at the window a guitar

strings curled at the keys

branches and clouds move

            


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