Haiku 947, 948, 949

From Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.

947.
Lies on the sofa
eyes closed but he’s wide awake
blank-faced and sweating
12/15/21

948.
Golf and client lunch.
Business and a Cobb salad.
One-putt all the greens.
12/15/21

949.
Lunch box and a book
Sad poetry, a pear, tears
He skips work again
12/15/21

Haiku 950, 951, 952

From Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.

950.
Gulp a bite of each
Her poetry and pot roast
It’s tonight’s special
12/15/21

951.
Before you can lie
I tell you I know it was
when the necklace broke
12/15/21

952.
When broke spoke hope nope
the dinner plate is shattered –
sweep up the pieces
12/15/21

Lesson

From Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.

Lesson

The sun beamed down
good and hard at me
Not a friendly smile
More along the lines of
assessing

You walk along here long enough,
you learn the ground underneath your feet,
don’t you.

Yes, I did,
I said right back
and I said it fast
before anyone could contradict me.

1/29/21

Paper Weight

From Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.

Paper Weight

You know him
Skinny guy
narrow shoulders concave chest
swimming in a starched shirt
a size too large

runs late for everything
lives two blocks from Mom’s house
if you call him at home at night
you will always hear
the baby crying in the background

so nondescript that
he could tail you home and
you’d never make him
he’s a scrap of paper
blowing along the sidewalk
all you notice
if you even do
are the skitter scrapes
of his feet on concrete

2/2/21

Acorns

From Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.

Acorns

The man with the cold gray eyes
explained the paperwork
hand moving in the slow
exaggerated
gestures
that showed he was
wearied
by the limited understanding
of all women
specifically me

The cold gray eyes
took in my yellow linen sheath dress
too bright too informal for business
my black patent-leather pocketbook
not respectful of large sums of money.
I saw his mouth tighten.
But the flow of things was always in my direction.
Remember that when I tell you
he spoke to me in a heavy patient voice

like God
explaining acorns
to a squirrel
sitting atop a pile
of acorns

2/2/21

Shadorma 387, 388

From Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.

387.
Telephone:
Calls never welcome –
I dislike
most people –
Hear the ringing telephone?
No, this time I won’t.
11/15/21

388.
Friend page one –
My autograph book
a keepsake
Reminder
every time I open it
You’re my page one friend.
11/15/21

It Has Come Up on You From Behind

From Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.

It Has Come Up on You From Behind

You realize, don’t you
The container
size Large
Five hundred
purple red yellow green
paper clips
you bought at age sixty-two
the age you are right now
in fact you just bought them
today.
You realize
you will never
clip together enough papers
to use up these
five hundred paper clips

You did realize it
didn’t you?

Right now
you realize it.

1/22/21

Shadorma 384, 385, 386

From Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.

384.
roots to sky
a night upended
the wind a
sweeping hand
careless fingers twist and wring
trees into splinters
11/15/21

385.
Sky sheds fruits –
splatterings of hail
loops of rain
tight gray wind
knifing through your too-thin coat –
Winter seeds take root.
11/15/21

386.
Face looks right
Eyes look left. You sigh
just below
my hearing
but I see your shoulders fall.
The news is not good.
11/15/21