Poem #24: Weekend Haiku, First Series

Weekend Haiku, First Series

backwards baseball caps
free with leased rims and stubble
girls dating down

naked and afraid
he cowers at my greeting
someone’s lost a dog

a bulbous body
on her back she tells the truth
cunning black widow

garrulous barkeep
I’m not your biographer
I just want a drink

balloons and charades
that’s not what they studied for
clowns frown upside down

arbitrary love
bought and sold at the drug store
Hallmark holidays

@NBF 5.10.2009


Los Angeles, 2008



Nothing says Sunday night like some strict 5-7-5 haiku. I enjoy using haiku to wrap up a busy week, so I think I will institute a “Weekend Haiku” series here at The Poetry Project. Did you know that “haiku” is the plural of “haiku”? This is surprising to me, as the plural of the word “person” in Japanese (hito, 人) is “hitobito” (人々).

Speaking of surprises, it’s The Poetry Project’s one month anniversary on Tuesday. In lieu of gifts, leave a comment in which you describe a dream, the moment you realized Hamlet’s famous soliloquy could have been one-third its published length, or your favorite Poetry Project moment. Bonus points for those combining haiku with hypertext.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone, even you non-mothers who pretend to have kids for various subversive reasons.


4 Responses to “Poem #24: Weekend Haiku, First Series”

  1. Like the weekend haikus. Wondering if my description of the black-widow spider, hiding under the rotting redwood, minding her own business, inspired you?

  2. was a poet once, i’m not so good anymore, here’s my best attempt..

    loved the barkeep haiku and the hallmark holidays one.. keep writing, i love reading them 🙂

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