Haiku Series 2017

Seventeen syllables. Three lines. 

This September we are hijacking the Japanese form of poetry that is the haiku. Though they are traditionally written on themes of nature, we're bringing a modern twist to the form.

 

a haiku by Claire Bernardo


buying donuts at
bodegas, there is icing
on my upper lip

 


Ode to Pigeons by Meagan Weber


sidewalk landing strips
dining on cigarette butts
i’ll make way for you

 


Chicken Haiku by Campbell Moore


Cluck Cluck Cluck Cluck Cluck
Feathers flying everywhere
Now I’m not hungry

 


Chicken Haiku 2 by Campbell Moore


Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck
I am being torn apart
Please don’t hurt my eggs

 


Haiku for WH by anonymous


I love him and I
Can’t help wishing he could not
Even fucking breathe



a haiku by Carson Bunting


I’m all for no bra
Twin peaks free to roam about
Nip slips are a drag

 


Dog Park by Reed Stanton


I didn’t want to
But she insisted we go
And I’m glad she did



Les Enfants Terribles by Lis Stanford


I cannot escape
The sounds of screaming children
My ears are bleeding



a haiku by Christina Markakis


Opening my eyes
Was not necessary then,
When I held your sight

 


Haiku #1 by Deanna Snyder


I hate the taste of                                                        Whisky, except for when I
Taste it on your tongue

 


HER NAME IS LIGHTBULB by Nathan Alford


One of glass from the
past; i know, electrons, but
explain the shadows

 


Rubber cement by Hunter Kennah


With every punch thrown
And all your brokenness shown
I will stay standing

 


Second Largest Constellation by Lis Standford


Why does everybody
Hate September? Because, like,
It’s Virgo season

 


young & curious by Sabrina Sanchez


tropical moonlight
cascades down her skin, her laugh –
a bossa nova

 


a haiku by Devin Williams


Naps are my solace
One nap extends to five
Roommates seem concerned

 


BB by Campbell Moore


Avocado toast
A Tulip on my latte
Make sure you tag me.
 


city living by Edison Cummings


I dream in cornfields
But I hike grey concrete paths,
My heart between both.

 


Introvert by Addi Herndon


Sometimes I go off
By myself. To ear icecream.
In a park. Alone.

 

 

Burns by Maggie Ford


Didn’t know I was
Fire when we started out
You sure do now though.

 


Haiku #3 by Trivette Knowles


In absence pain spreads,
Parents pursue past pleasures,
Leaving us to cope


 


Haiku #2 by Christina Markakis


I hate kissing him
No tenderness running here
I miss how she feels

 


January by Sabrina Sanchez


In corduroy pants
And a sweater you left me
Colder than ever

 


High School by Reed Stanton


Patron saint of smoke.
Did I get what I wanted?
I can’t remember.

 


a haiku by Emma Buckingham


I didn’t notice
Until she pointed you out
Now you’re everywhere

 


Mott St. by Will Hogue


Pigeons and babies,
They don’t know how good and bad
Their New York lives are.

 


Haiku #4 by Jon Adler


if you have to leave,
forget your keys and wallet
so you can come back


Thumbnail image by Graceann Beverly.

 

Subway by Micah Long


Grand underbelly
Swallows thousands everyday
Takes them where they seek                                                           

 

Haiku #1 by Trivette Knowles


Loyalty, I scoff
Self-interest devours
You are always first.

 

 

Sink drain by Anna Wood


Tangled black python
Once a frame, now a monster
Suffocating drains

 

 

Jorts by Will Gautheir


Hot and heavy on
But I love the way they look
So I grab scissors

 

Lonely Girls&&& by Hank Jeannel

 

who are these girls here
blessed darkness there with us
I hope they love me

 

A haiku to anonymous thumbs by Will Hogue


A cup of water,
Then in a power outlet;
Not typing poems

 

 

Will you wander? by Hunter Kennah


My mind will wander,
To the days when I was yours.
Do you wander too?

 

Here you are by Hannah Gulledge


Pull open my ribs
And burrow yourself inside
I can be your home

 


Haiku #1 by Rachel Gruebbel


Who was I last night?
Am I the same in the dawn?
I do not know her.

 

Haiku #1 by Jon Adler


Bloody pop music
Dripping cells of red and white
Onto my ear drums

 

 

207TH, 2AM by Amelia Stanford


I’VE GOT UPTOWN HIGHS
TRIPPING WITH VELOCITY
STAIRCASE RACE WITH YOU

 

 

a haiku by Kyra Rooney


Lurking pesky louse
He crawls back every time
The eighth deadly sin

 


Haiku #2 by Trivette Knowles


Love dissipates
Anger floods empty pathways
We miss our past lives

 

 

Fight Night by Reed Stanton

 

Carmine outlined teeth
And aren’t you proud of yourself –                                   with your laurel wreath? 

 

a haiku by Walker Smith


Locked in Plato’s cave
I was promised a phone call
Corbin, are you there?

 

a haiku by Jonathan Keeler


we dreamed of heaven
but when we found each other
we found it was here.

 

Haiku #2 by Jon Adler


Lay me down, she said
Into the tracks, rats and trash
I yearn for subways

 


Haiku #2 by Rachel Gruebbel


Wine is dancing juice
I dance, and I dance some more
Then I fall sleep.

 

 

Haiku #2 by Deanna Synder


I wanted to be
A single stemmed flower, but
You made me grow roots

 

 

Luxembourg Gardens by Lis Stanford


Young couple kissing
Middle-aged man is staring
I’m uncomfortable

 

 

Haiku #3 by Jon Adler


Ginger, turmeric
Gross roots what heal you quickly
But for what foul price?

 


smoke break by Claire Bernardo


my fire escape
the way out when everything
is burning away

 

 

What’s in a name by Caroline Walker


You and me equal.
Yet, I got a new name: “slut”
While you remain “man”

 

that’s grandma Rosenbaum by Anna Wood


i’m a fourth Jewish,
probably – don’t ask grandma,
she’s a bit racist

 

 

a haiku by Nick Beckman


I am the Ocean
Tumultuous, yet how still.
White-caps rage silent.