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Even More Haiku: The Smell of Old Books

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The Smell of Old Books


Wind in the leaves –
my daughter turns over
in her sleep.

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Rainy afternoon;
inside a second-hand bookshop
the smell of old books.

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Siesta-time…
my neighbour and his girlfriend
at it again.

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frost on windscreens
walking home alone
the night my mother died.

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Dead.
Starry night –
no help there.

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Swimming in the rain;
a glimpse of a rat
slipping off the riverbank.

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my grandfather
facing the setting sun
eyes shut

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time for a talk
staring at the fireplace
no fire

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mountain forest
morning mist drenches
the tree-trunks

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She holds back the duvet –
the world
is born again.

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plums in a bowl –
changing colour as the sun
moves around the house

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after arguing
kept awake
by her stillness

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Snow on the window-sill;
her toes sticking out
from under the duvet.

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A dog farts:
they all suffer
in the lift.

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Broad river:
boats travelling
tied together.

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At the optician’s:
through each lens
the world looks different.

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throwing pebbles
into the sea
still unhappy

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Snow by the side
of the tracks –
back to work!


©2011 Dan Wyke

More Haiku: Blue Doors

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Blue Doors


Boring meeting…
I doodle a spiral
inwards and inwards.

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The smell of toast
reaches me upstairs:
winter morning.

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Whoa!
What’s the hurry,
speeding hearse?

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Indian summer…
listening to football scores
in the back garden.

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Midnight, 25 degrees –
showering
under the stars.

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Friends round for dinner…
the dog breaks wind silently
under the table.

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locking the door
a quick look
the stars out

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Pissing in the dark –
birds singing through
an open window.

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heron by the lake
stillness
looking at stillness

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old pond
blue plastic drum
no frogs

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Moth on a pink shirt:
the whole department store
to itself.

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warm night
my feet search
for a cold spot

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on the shore
a pregnancy test –
positive

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The path to nirvana
lost again –
chocolate ice cream!

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Two brown horses –
red horses,
my daughter observes.

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Insomnia…
long silence, then,
a cough.

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snowy morning
two horses nose to nose
in a white field

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A beach ball floats
across an empty swimming pool –
end of summer.

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grey afternoon
a rock-dove tops
a telephone pole

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Weeds
have cracked open
the tarmac.

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summer…