Haiku by Jerry Ball

Published in the Mainichi Daily News

 

 

 

vultures hovering

long rows of crosses

of the Iraq War

 

 Dec 2, 2008

 

waiting for the mail

the chill of midday

creeps up through the floor

             

April 28, 2009

 

spring cleaning

decide what to delete

from the hard drive

             

June 18, 2009

 

midnight in summer

the old man is wondering

about his next dream

             

Aug 05, 2009

 

autumn twilight

the novelist must decide

who lives and dies

             

Nov 14, 2009

 

Saturday morning

the librarian

is wearing sandals

             

Dec 19, 2009

 

farmer’s market

two young lovers

sampling the honey

             

Jan 21, 2010

 

wrapped in a coat

the sound of the cell phone

seems far away

             

April 30, 2010

 

…then she smiles again…

It’s a real problem

being that pretty…

             

Sept 1, 2010

 

brittle and dry

the fallen pine cone

rolls to a stop

             

Nov 1, 2010

 

even in the shade

there is brightness

narcissus

             

April 14, 2011

 

spring melancholy

now and then, the word ‘now’

seems more like ’then’

             

June 4, 2011

 

along a toll road

the mirrors of rice fields

reflecting the past

             

Aug, 2011

 

a soaring hawk

I don’t want to be God, but

some wings would be nice

            

  Aug 31, 2011

 

the face

follows the knife

in the pumpkin

             

Jan 5, 2012

 

new sprouts

as if one trunk

isn’t enough

             

May 9, 2012

 

all this quiet

birch branches have captured

the twilight

             

June 5, 2012

 

a renewal form for

National Geographic

end of summer

             

Oct 1, 2012

 

 

“Beyond words…” he says

and goes on trimming

the roses

             

Jan 11, 2013

 

long walk with the dog

she sniffs and empty Marlboro pack

in the dry grass

             

April 9, 2013

 

a private garden

a rake and a hoe

against the wall

             

May 27, 2013

 

how like a dream

tonight I am a spider

in a web of stars

             

Sep 28, 2013

 

my shadow and I

in the shade of an ancient oak

almost alone

             

Oct 23, 2013

 

passing gas

after a look around

blaming the dog

          

    Nov 14, 2013

 

annual reunion

retirees greeting

each others nametags

         

March 1, 2014

 

 

dust settles

a desert road

is lonely again

          

   April 9, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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