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Climate family Haiku parenting Poems Poetry

When Spring Came to Fall

A breeze has begun.

Listless still, but cold and crisp

It harbors the fall.

and the end of an old cycle

But, underneath the wind

A budding laugh grows

And she awakens

Like a new spring

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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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Haiku Poems Teaching

8 months

With clarity and ease

I watched you speed through your work.

Learning is what drove you. Impatient, yes

Lovable too. Independent yet kind.

And with such a sweet tooth.

Radiant and all human. Bright and naive.

Death won’t take what you were to us.

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Climate Current Events Haiku Poems Poetry

Change

To grow is to change

That’s the advice most given

Which of course implies

That change is progress

But often, that’s not the case

Change is simply change

It’s not attached to morals

And while it can be progressive

It’s doesn’t always mark progress

In fact sometimes

It marks steps backwards

Instead of forward

But again, not always

Because change is simply that:

change

It’s attached to nothing

But we change

So we can breathe.

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family Haiku parenting Poetry

Nostalgia

Looking through photos

Brings a honeyed nostalgia

That’s soured with fear

What if I remember

Only the picture? And not

The sweetness of the moment?

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Climate Current Events Haiku Poems Poetry

World on Fire

Orange light streams in

And the floor dances with fire

Meanwhile, in the sky

Pink translucent clouds are shaded

By billowing plumes of smoke

Ash covers the sidewalks

Children play with it

Like they would a puddle

Watched over by a flaming copper sun

Why is it so beautiful

When the world is on fire?

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Climate Current Events Haiku Poems Poetry

Gentrified Sky

Cotton candy skies

Sweep over hard machinery

Gray to contrast pink

Spun sugar clouds

Sun bleached and fractured with gold

Hang amidst black plumes

Of industrialization

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Current Events Haiku History Poems Poetry

Clicks of the Desperate

“Doctors” with no oath

Looking to make a profit

Will descend on those

Who want their own choice

Tik toks and others

Will film “do it yourself” clips

And prey off the clicks

Of desperate girls

Boys without knowledge and

Men with few consequences

Will not be party

To the new shadows

Haunting the world of women

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Haiku mental health parenting Poems Poetry

Ants

Trying to make sense

Of a life in upheaval

Is like trying to

Hear a conversation between ants

You can see them, sure

See that they’re conversating

Their little antennae move

And they hustle forward with purpose

But what they said?

It’s non-sensical.

Problems are like this too

They appear, but don’t make sense

And decisions must be rushed toward

with all the purpose

of an ant on a mission

but none of the understanding.

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Education Haiku parenting Poems Poetry

Youths!

It’s never enough

You can work – or stay at home

You can have game nights

And family dinner

You can take an interest

Or give them some space

But no matter what

To a teenager…

It’s never enough