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Current Events Education family Haiku Poems Poetry

College

It’s easy to think

I’m abstract terms about “struggle”

But much harder

When your child is hundreds of miles away

And crying on the phone

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Current Events Education Haiku Poems Poetry

Lonely Satisfaction

Loneliness

It’s a feeling we’re all familiar with

But have you heard

Of lonely satisfaction?

It’s the feeling of newly unwrapped presents

The chill of first snow

The scent of your lovers sweatshirt

Found, tossed aside, in the corner of your house.

Lonely satisfaction is

Coming home from vacation

Or 501 pm on a Friday

It’s things accomplished

But a future

Not yet materialized.

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Current Events Education Haiku Poems Poetry Teaching

8 million

In America

Kids are always the battle ground

What they read

What we teach them

How we raise them

Yet in our hubris

We allowed 8 million of them

To be stricken with grief

You see

We were too busy arguing

To care about the consequence

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Climate Current Events Haiku Poems Poetry

Sunsets

Silhouetted trees

Black against a neon sky

Sway in a cool breeze

Summer is waning

Which heightens the nostalgia

Of teen years long passed.

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Current Events Haiku Poems Poetry

Sticky Words

I stare at the screen

My eyes crossing, contacts dry

As I try to paint

Using only words

Some words are sharp, some pointy

Others are vivid

Like a 1972 VW

Others are dull and sticky

Like hour old chewing gum

What’s true about words as art

Is there are thousands

And if they connect just right,

They create not just art, but action

And drama that invokes real emotion

Yet somehow writing is also…

Isolating

Because the art is real

But invisible

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Current Events Education Haiku History Poems Poetry

Progress

We drink our coffee

Skid into our parking spot

Late, by two minutes

The day is a drudge

Much the same as yesterday,

As will be tomorrow

Oblivious to

The obliteration of

An entire culture

That’s what we call progress

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Climate Current Events Haiku Poems Poetry

Yolo

Record heat persists

Living beside intense fires

And massive flooding

The stripping of rights

Polarizing of nations

Anger…everywhere

But this damn sunrise

Is so fucking beautiful

That we snap photos

Rather than bask in the bright

And vivid moment

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Current Events family Haiku parenting Poems Poetry

Back

There are times in life

When the world spins around you

And though you move slow

Time is relentless

And, despite your best efforts to catch it

Time falls through your fingers like sand

It’s been a minute

Established routines were lost

To time’s onslaught

Yet, the spinning slowed

And suddenly Autumn was in the air.

As summer dwindles,

I can think clearly

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Current Events Haiku Poems Poetry Teaching

The great resignation

A simple reminder:

Toxic relationships are

Not just reserved

For lovers

They can be an entity, a corporation

A job

Even a Vice

Before you leave it’s like

Sucking all air through a straw

Colors are muted, and gray

But once you’re free…

The world is as bright as a birthday cake

And equally exciting.

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Climate Current Events Poems Poetry

Climate Blind

Storms in the west

Floods in the south

We’re watching it happen

But shutting our mouth

Record heat in the east

And in the north too

Shaking our heads

What’s there to do?

Nothing can change until we make it so

Revolution is coming

And lots of sorrow