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Haiku Poems Poetry

Sips of life

Sitting on my shelf

Is an eclectic collection

Of various mugs

Chipped, bruised, and faded

Or beautiful and pristine

Squat and short, tall and lean

Representing a moment

A collection of past lives.

Past jobs, past people

Past holidays and vacations

The cups tell a story

In sips.

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family Haiku parenting Poems Poetry

Graduation

How do I begin?

You had to grow up too soon.

You were the strong one

The oldest kiddo

With the most responsibility

As you celebrate this day

I think that the hardest times

Are finally behind

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Current Events Haiku Poetry

Mistakes who move

As a kid I thought

That when I was an adult

I’d stop making mistakes

Somehow, I’d know all

How to act in situations

How to think, and speak

Without sounding foolish

I’m forty now and it seems

That mistakes keep coming

Like old friends

Who want you to help them move

Because you have a truck.

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family Haiku Poems Poetry

Deck Parties

Mild, summer evenings

Bring bubbles of joy and chaos

That float like pink clouds

Across dying grass

In a rush we talk over

One another

Not because we’re not listening

But because we’re trying

To steal extra minutes

From a waning day

Who’s jewel bright light filters through fluttering green leaves

“Hurry,” it whispers. “The day will soon sleep.”

So we spill our stories

Incomplete as the broken light

Their shards reflecting our smiles.

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family Haiku parenting Poetry

Divorce

Sometimes I feel like

I’m a placeholder for others

Because of me

Their world stays in tact.

They’re allowed to grow, and be

While I remain fixed.

Always straggling behind

In the shadow of their success.

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Current Events Haiku Poems Poetry

Platforms

Art is political

You can’t convince me differently

Because at heart, art

Is an argument

Artists want you to feel or

Think or see one way

The picture is cropped

Colors are chosen carefully

Scenes are deleted

Yet, we are silent

When it comes to disaster

Art doesn’t pay well

And we’re scared to speak

When we should be scared

To stay silent.

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Current Events Haiku History Poems

Sorry to interrupt your program

The wake of horror

Brings with it calls for action

There’s a problem though.

Politicians don’t

Listen to the peoples will

….they’ve gerrymandered it

“Thoughts and prayers” we’ve heard.

For a decade now

Long ago they chose to favor

Guns over children.

So. Pressing forward seems…hard.

But it’s not.

Outrage is the start…but…

Vote local.

School Board

City council

County council

Fuck, make sure you know who the PTA President is.

These local yokels

Impact your life

And in the wake of horror

It’s the start of change.

(I hope)

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Haiku mental health Poems

Balloons

Choices expand stress

The wait; the anticipation

The decision though

Pierces through the fear

Popping it like a balloon

The choice is made

And life can lift

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Climate Haiku Poems

Mayday

Wind slinks on the ground

It’s unseasonably cold

May should be bright, warm

Full of buds and flowers

Not this bleak, cold, gray howler

Is it climate change?

Perhaps.

Or maybe the weather

Is a reflection of my own mood.

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Current Events Haiku mental health Poetry

Broken

You’ve heard of broken

That ugly word describing pain

“A broken woman”

As though she’s shattered

Laying in pieces on the ground

Unmoving. Static.

That’s not what it is

Grief, pain; they’re ever changing

Frenetic, dizzying

No. We’re not broken

Or shattered, or static

We’re simply unmoored

A boat without a dock

A leap without a landing

But not aimless. No.

We know the destination.

We just haven’t spotted it yet.