Sunday, July 6, 2014

SUMMER HAIKU (photo)



Deer browsing brush pile
red plum leaves taste good to her.
They taste good to her.


Young deer at old well
wallows in the dust. Her spots
slipped off midsummer.


An abandoned well
Young deer wallows in the dust
Look! her spots slipped off.


First summer berries
rattlesnakes lying in wait
I step carefully


My tongue sings sweet praise
to ripe berries. Snake rattles,
wants something sweet too.


Bluebird's maiden flight
grounded. Wait 'til your feathers
grow all the way in.


Birdlet, not the time
to fledge, the snake's dreaming of
feathering his nest.


Asleep on the couch,
3 AM—raccoons cleaning
the BBQ grill.


Raccoons arguing
all night cleaning the camp grill.
No point sleeping now.


Raccoons quarreling
over the grill. Either way
we'll have to clean it.


Greedy squirrel knocks
cup off of fence—crash! Guilty.
He's beating his chest.


I rushed home to catch 
a play only to have him 
cancel at curtain call.


Little girls screaming
in unison and in pitch
with the power drill.


Raiding the freezer.
Old cake with freezerburn, hey!
chocolate is chocolate.


Baby halibut
swims into my hands, looks up
with his sea-blue eyes.


Young halibut changed
his spots to hide—but not the
color of his eyes.

1 comment:

Glenn Ingersoll said...

These were fun. I like that you post different versions of the same scene.