Monday, 16 January 2012

Haiku: Unopened Letters



Unopened letters
on the floor in the hallway
all afternoon.

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A cold wind is scattering
the cherry blossom –
young newlyweds.

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Black knickers
flat in the dirt
in the middle of the road.

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Fly
running all over
a pile of dogshit.

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Originally:

Fly
feasting
on a pile of dogshit.

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Ladybird
on our bedroom ceiling
all summer.

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Unable to remember
the word for squid
in Italian.

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Cold night –
the warmth of my wife’s
sleeping body.

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rain
bare branch
two crows

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Lonely night –
enjoying the sound
of my own farts.

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Glimpsed from a train,
an old woman
in a blue dressing gown.

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Winter sunlight,
long shadows
in the graveyard.

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Keeping me awake
at night –
haiku.

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Low-tide,
gulls gather
on the shoreline.

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Even on my sickbed
I am full of gratitude
for the way.

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Forgetting about the haiku
I can’t remember,
two more occur.

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Old-looking homeless guy
having a smoke
on a sunny bench.

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A young woman
looks down at her breasts
while talking on the phone.

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The puttanesca sauce burns
to the bottom of the pan –
reading haiku.

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A crow shuffles along
the branch to make room
for another crow.

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The anniversary
of my mother’s death –
first whiff of spring.

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Brushing my teeth
hard and fast –
regretting something I said.

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Pissing in the night,
sea-air
through the open window.

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Cheep-cheep,
cheep-cheep.
Go back to sleep, little bird!

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Staring
out of a window –
ho-hum.

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Pink dawn –
who doesn’t
feel torn?

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Overheard on a train:

Blue sky,
white fields –
the cold!

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Moonlight slanting through
slatted blinds,
cat moon-bathing on the bed.


©2012 Dan Wyke

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Haiku: Christmas Presents



Here is a selection of haiku written over the holiday period, including the ground-breaking 'dogging haiku' that was deemed too risque for publication by the British Haiku Society.

Christmas Presents

Cold dawn…
a car engine starting
sends gulls screeching.

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fox
with the same face as me
seconds before we hit it

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How lonely
outside the furniture shop
our old sofa.

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late home
the moon
the evening star

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Dawn stillness…
a heron practicing yoga
by the river

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Finishing the address,
my father tears a page
out of his notebook.

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December cremation:
my grandmother’s ashes
settle on the windscreen.

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My daughter
plucks a pink rose
from the wreath.

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My wife walks
across our bedroom,
unties her nightgown.

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Up before everyone –
catching the first haiku
of the day

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Winter dawn…
the postman’s red fingers
squeezing envelopes.

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Christmas Eve:
Mrs Claus on all fours
in the Asda car park.

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Christmas presents:
stripy socks;
a different outlook.

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Boxing Day walk –
a strip of light
along the horizon.

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Saying goodbye
to my brother –
his straight back.

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Visiting relations;
the Christmas tree unlit
in our front room.

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New Year’s Day –
same face
in the mirror.

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January –
how dark the front room
without a Christmas tree.

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Rain at the windows…
sharing the room
with silence.

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I drill another hole
for the smell
of burnt wood.

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Lawnmowers
cutting out one by one –
July evening.

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As the sun goes in
swimmers appear
in the water.

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hire car
beach-towels on the window shelf
the heat


©2012 Dan Wyke