Cat at Midnight (and Other Haikus)

Shelves

The dusty, bent wood

dutifully holds the books

I forgot to read.

 

Blackbird

Nobody saw her

spreading her dark, tattered wings;

they just scorned her flight.

 

Children Swimming

Splashing and screaming;

waking up the neighborhood

with sounds of water.

 

Class Rows

Uniformity

in brown tables and blue chairs

and empty faces.

 

Cat at Midnight

Two yellow eyes glow,

tensed by unexpected steps

on the dark walkway.

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Tricky Dog (and Other Haikus)

Appearances

Those cracks in the rock

are but ripples in the shade

as the wind rolls through.

 

Tangled

The branches caught me

in interwoven tendrils

like a comb through hair.

 

Always Watching

The misshapen limbs

of the strange metallic bird

stare through the window.

 

Channel

The electric stream

coursing through my tired eyes

sails me to sleep.

 

Tricky Dog

While passing out treats,

he played a swift, sudden trick

and snatched a second.

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Dog Wants to Go (and Other Haikus)

Family Photos

I dug through the stacks

of dusty family photos

with eyes dripping tears.

 

New Shoes

A black and white mesh

stained an unexpected red

when I tripped running.

 

Little Wings

The little blue bird

beats its wings against the wind;

braving the tempest.

 

Breaking Fast

I woke with an ache

to hear eggs popping in grease

from bacon drippings.

 

Dog Wants to Go

I reach for the door

and hear his paws scampering

in hopes of coming.

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Cat Greetings (and Other Haikus)

Voyager

The bark slid down stream

as though it was sailing off

to a brighter shore.

 

Exhaustion

The glaze on my eyes

fades the golden hues to gray

with each grudging breath.

 

Finishing a Book

The letters trail

down into the empty space,

but I’m still spinning.

 

Addicted

My eyes pulled away

from the provocative screen,

pushed by unseen force.

 

Cat Greetings

Their black ears perk up

at the jostling of the door

and they pad closer.

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Awaiting Pets (and Other Haikus)

Through the Window

They will never know

that I saw them together

sitting on the grass.

 

Behind Schedule

Even now the clock

seems to be drifting faster

than I can keep up—

 

Night Terrors

Their shifting outlines

stand, staring in the window,

just beyond the light.

 

Editing

Pressing a pencil

against a piece of paper

changes don’t to do.

 

Awaiting Pets

He came to my leg,

leaning just beneath my hand,

and looked in my eyes.

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Soccer Dog (and Other Haikus)

Cheering – Body

Hands banging metal,

like a chorus of drummers

beating on the stands.

 

Cheering – Breath

The voices cry out,

swelling over the field

like a rising wind.

 

Commercial Break

Despite the colors,

all I hear are white noises

saying to buy more.

 

Bad Calls

I can taste the blood

leaking from between my lips,

yet play continued.

 

Soccer Dog

My cry of despair,

followed shortly by a howl

from the seat by me.

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Firework Dog (and Other Haikus)

Birthday

Firework displays

crest over the cool darkness

in celebration.

 

After Party

After the smoke passed,

the stars had a hazy glow

like they were in thought.

 

Headache

Waking up, pounding,

to the pain of pots and pans

banging on the floor.

 

Parade

The little girl stares

and the parade saunters by

awestruck and silent.

 

Firework Dog

Unlike his brothers,

the little dog watched the lights

without fear or sound.

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Cat Watching Sports (and Other Haikus)

Feet

Toes between the growth

tying knots in the wet grass

itching for a walk.

 

Game Day

The couch has been set;

the snacks carefully laid out,

waiting for the start.

 

Watching Soccer

Waiting for the tide

to come crashing back to shore;

cresting suddenly.

 

Pick-up Game

On a half-cut pitch,

spotted by patches of dirt.

Playing like a pro.

 

Cat Watching Sports

He hopped up with me,

purring at the moving screen,

while I screamed with joy.

——

 

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Dog Chasing Butterflies (and Other Haikus)

Unseen Branch

I stared at the cracks

in the cement, then, at once,

was smacked by a branch.

 

Backyard

The dirt in the back

has become a grave for dead

and discarded toys.

 

Text Speak

r u on ur way

bc ur girl just arrived

and thought ud be here.

 

Repurposed Toys

What was once a spoon

now bears the eternal weight

of Excalibur.

 

Dog Chasing Butterflies

His teeth snap the air

as he chases the shadow

of the butterfly.

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Cat on the Table (and Other Haikus)

Table Outside

Gliding through the dust,

my fingers draw a smile

in the table dirt.

 

Morning Coffee

So much depends on

the small, yellow coffee mug

perched on the counter.

 

Boy with a Hose

The boy with the hose

spots me walking by his house,

smiles, then sprays me.

 

Packing Bags

My life would seem lame

were it not for the novel

peeking from the bag.

 

Cat on the Table

A leap to the chair

then one more to the table

just to say hello.

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