Other Cars

Hazardous driving,
marriage.
Is it me
or are the other cars
traveling really fast
while my license and
registration
sleeps across the bed?

Risky

Autumn Crusade

Adrift in the October sky

Crescent sun
Afternoon trickster, a lunar prank
Waxing and waning control

A v of geese
Traffic honking, a southward
Autumn crusade

Blue bird, gray water
Dead air, green light
White supremacy, another fraud

Adrift in the October sky

Fraud

Put It Together

Balsa wood airplane
Flat in the package
Put it together
Flimsy and doesn’t fly well
If it does remarkably fly across the room or yard
“Ooh” and “Aah” in wonder
Then the craft sits in a drawer
Or on a shelf (an imaginary hangar?)
Unremembered
Distant friendship

 

Heaven or hell?
Is that it?
Final victory left to
Minty fresh breath coated with fluoride
Or
The scourge of a mouth of stinking rot.

 

Maybe you are acquainted with despair
An unruly affliction
My neighbor comes to borrow
Sugar
Ketchup
Milk
I wonder, “will she ever go to the grocery?”

Coincidence

1 haiku/planet

Andromeda’s bright
And billion winking children–
We are not alone

Planet

It’s All Nonsense

Sketching birds and poetry
What a bunch of nonsense
Birds will perch on the railing
Poems will ink about the page
Whether I do anything at all
So what a bunch of nonsense

The bird, a propagandist of flight
A poem of nonconformity

The bird, a delusion for freedom
A poem for paradise

The bird, a mystery of strength
A poem of repetition

The bird, an adaptable stranger
A poem all seduced and pampered nuance

Pamper

I Do Not Agree

No, no, no that’s not right at all
Not entrenched
No, not at all
The premise, slender loss
The action, irregular loss
The emotion, tenuous loss
Besides
There is no such thing as frail entrenchment
Just a mighty haze
Being pushed around in a baby carraige

 

Mighty

Low Pressure

A hieroglyph appeared on the dash
Low tire pressure
A week of airport parking too much
Row 10/Ground level
Somehow a disappointment
Try to do better next time

Infrastructure, and all

Car manufacturers use
Hieroglyphs for tire pressure
Cuneiform for engine problem
Runes for temperature warning
So much to malfunction
Try to do better next time

Infrastructure, and all

1 haiku/thorny

Buffalo Botanical Garden

Misplaced Saguaro
Northern botanic garden
Make believe desert

 

 

Thorny

Rough Air

It does not rain in space.
There is space between the rain
where angels fly
toting dreams
tethered behind their wings.
Aerial advertising using
acrobatic towplanes
with a banner over the beach.

Anticipate turbulence.
Rough air.   Chop.
A little shaking lets you know you are alive.
Then the wings snap off.
Where are the angels now?
Make sure your own mask is secure before helping others.
Be assured oxygen is flowing
with a banner over the beach.

Anticipate

Drowning Ivy

I moved myself and my writing paraphernalia to the kitchen table, so I could watch the rain.

It rained so mightily you could not see the neighbor’s house.  The storm was an opaque white blur of falling wet.  Big, heavy drops raced and jockeyed.  And it was loud.  The clouds released a tumult, pounding the deck, the furniture and the whole world.

The rain swallowed everything, including my thoughts.  I did no work.  My words were swept away.  There I sat helpless to rescue my story or the drowning ivy.

The gloom outside was a magnet.  A drenched, drowning magnet with nowhere else to cling, it amassed and assembled rivers and puddles of flooded intentions.

 

Where do the songbirds go when it rains?
The robin roosts, impatient for the worst of the storm to pass, so she can hunt for floating worms and swollen grubs.  Mourning doves, never shy at the all you can eat buffet, still waddle out just after the heaviest rain moves through.  Finches, nearly motionless in the maple branches, try to conserve warmth and energy with a daydream of sunrises bringing sunflower and thistle seed among a garden of marigolds and zinnias.
At least that is what I imagine.  The songbirds and I pay witness to a reverie of delayed ambition…just until the sun shines.

Magnetic