A Hundred (and one?) Haiku

[edit: my friend Dan pointed out to me the other day that there are two #59 haiku, which technically means I wrote 101]

#1

I can write you a

haiku like nothing, nothing

else matters at all.

#2

Down the rabbit hole

It’s a dream and a show. Fall

Alice, down you go!

#3 (from Oat and Oak)

We must acknowledge

our freedom of thought, own it,

and breath slowly in.

#4   (from Oat and Oak)

A singular and

endlessly prolific chance…

The chance for power.

#5

You are the one girl

I’d fly across the country

to kiss and cuddle.

#6 (New Life)

There is no other

choice, when you have it in your

heart, something to do.

#7

Ha ha ha! I laughed.

The cat turned the corner and

walked away slowly.

#8

“Did you try that soul

chocolate?” she asked me, thinking

I knew what she meant.

#9

Gorgeous little things

staring out the window at

me and the whole world.

#10

Sitting on a child’s

bed, listening to his dad

read Shel Silverstein.

#11

Are you ticklish? asked

the little boy. I was and

I was grateful too.

#12

It’s not about the

mistake. He said it’s about

the recovery.

#13

A small child can

jump on the bed and show

you his pop-up book too.

#14

The taste of solid

ingredients in a good

dinner is divine.

#15

How many of these

can I write with one arm tied

behind my back, huh?

#16

You didn’t ask for

a hundred haikus today.

You’re just that lucky.

#17

Mary, Mary, quite

contrary, said everything

that started the fight.

#18

“Everyone feels like

a monster sometimes.” I do

feel like a monster.

#19

Are intimacy

and vulnerability

some things that you want?

#20

I showed you my face

in the dark. You saw just my

glassy tearful eyes.

#21

The air was crisp. I

sang hymns and, as I did, a

bird chirped at a star.

#22

Just one star shown through

between two trees as the sun

was setting elsewhere.

#23

I walked to have a

meditation on just how

happy I am now.

#24

I went back inside

to watch the movie with them,

a secret inside.

#25

As the day went on

and on and on I worried I

would have too much fun.

#26

When you have played games

cooked grand food, watched movies and

read poetry. Wow.

#27

What a day. What a

day. If only it would go

on always this way.

#28

Well, I’m at twenty-

eight. I think it’s time to get

real devotional.

#29

Jodi Denton loves

her little girls. And doesn’t

take shit from no one.

#30

John Dillon sends me

Snapchats every single day.

I fucking love it.

#31

Jalen Young and I

once sat in my living room

watching music vids.

#32

Carie Binhammer

sunbathed with me outside the

pool. Cedar Rapids.

#33

Victoria, Queenie,

With the beautiful family

and brave mellow heart.

#34

Alison Darnell

helped a phoenix rise out of

my ribcage with ink.

#35

Brian Gaughan, tireless,

works for the causes he feels

are most important.

#36

I once saw Kevin

stop his car at a crash site

and run to save lives.

#37

One hundred haikus

is a lot more haikus than

I can make tonight.

#38

I think that it is

pretty impressive that I

got this far just now.

#40

That being said I

am going to sleep, gorgeous

sleep, until morning.

#41

I will dream now in

haikus I’m absolutely

sure that I will now.

#42

Remembering a

childhood memory all

of a sudden. Weird.

#43

Something that happened

on Halloween as a young

one. Other than treats.

#44

The longer I think

the less of anything comes

back to consciousness.

#45

I stayed up way too

late writing these haikus and

now I want to sleep in.

#46

I was going to

try to get a job before

work. A new job. More.

#47

I secretly hope

something good will just fall in

my lap like it should.

#48

I think with this kind

of creativity and

spontaneity.

#49

I’m not kidding I

have written this many in

not even an hour.

#50

Some are silly. Some

are nothing. And I know that

some of them will hurt.

#51

If I keep going

I will keep digging deeper

into what matters.

#52

David Welch’s class

started me on all this poem

writing years ago.

#53

Sam Bouman tells me

a story and I cannot

resist listening.

#54

James Phelps, man oh man

my counselor and teacher

in college. My friend.

#55

There’s a lot of name

dropping going on in here,

Stephanie Serrano.

#56

Amanda Lawrence my roommate

in Budapest way back when,

still sends me postcards.

#57

Haris Kovac makes

my little brother and I

laugh until we cry.

#58

Oh how everything

I ever really wanted.

I see inside now.

#59

I can grow old and

I can die. And I can be

unafraid of it.

#59

Sooner or later

We’re scared babies lying, eyes

wide open at night.

#60

I would have dropped a

name again but I swear that

David Luke said don’t.

#61

“I’ve got thick skin and

an elastic heart. But your blade

it might be too sharp.”

#62

“Screaming into the

canyon at the moment of

my death. The echo…”

#63

“Only one thing to do

and that’s be the way that I

am, then sink back in…”

#64

Take me. Take me there.

Here is fine too.  Wherever.

Come on and let’s go.

#65

You said my skin felt

too sacred to touch and now

I really want you to.

#66

You opened your house

up to me, your love, family

friendship grown giant.

#67

I could sleep right now

I could sleep sleep sleep right now

or just keep writing.

#68

Is this tripping you

out? Reading these and feeling

like I’m with you now?

#69

Sssh… just don’t even

worry about your feelings now.

I’m right here, lovely.

#70

I’m holding you in

my arms while I’m holding my

own little self too.

#71

I’m learning from this.

A lot, but mostly that it

doesn’t require much.

#72

You can say so very

strongly everything you want

in only three lines.

#73

Five syllables go

before seven which then go

before five more. Words.

#74

The rules are simple.

It’s not about rules at all.

Eyelids, heavy head.

#75

My head sits on my

knee, my leg bent in front of

my chest, fingers tap.

#76

Please don’t leave, she said,

I’m aching to tell you some

thing so powerful.

#77

“You, you are the blood

flowing through my fingers all

through the soil and…”

#78

One day, when I was

way too old for it by then,

I climbed in dad’s lap.

#79

There was another

day sometime during sophomore

year, I didn’t speak.

#80

There was a time I

was looking for someone and

my heart beat so fast.

#81

He was somewhere in

the stacks at the library.

And I was in love.

#82

I tell you this now

because I trust you. And well,

I might love you too.

#83

Isn’t it funny

how these little poems can

open up so much?

#84

You want to see a

magic trick? I promise I

won’t give it away.

#85

I’m sorry it is

late and I probably tagged

you on facebook ugh.

#86

If I didn’t tag

you on Facebook and you read

all of these. Thank you.

#87

If I did tag you

on Facebook and you read all

of these. Thank you too.

#88

I think I still have

half a glass of wine I can

drink, to get more words.

#89

Some of these I wrote

tonight, some while walking to

the bus days ago.

#90

The one about us

being babies is the one

I wrote in my head.

#91

I wrote it and thought

I will remember that and

maybe write some more.

#92

Then some days came where

everyday I wrote a haiku

in my head for fun.

#93

But you really have

to be careful because it

is so addictive.

#94

Promise me you will

try it today, or maybe

tomorrow… Promise.

#95

Listen, I know you

are still reading because you

want to feel something.

#96

In my mind, I just

reached out my little finger

and touched your chest there.

#97

I lay in the bath

with the shower running and

go under water.

#98

It’s getting closer,

so close. Closer and closer.

Everyday. Right now.

#99

So what will you do

now? Please tell me because my

body is leaving.

#100

When it’s gone, I won’t

be on this earth except in

a hundred haiku.

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