My “Failed Haiku”

Copyright 2017 Bruce Jewett
My haiku/senryu which has appeared in

FAILED HAIKU, edited by Mike Rehling

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in my rear mirror
I watch you put on lipstick
then the light turns green

(3/1/16)

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bull frogs blink
a drunken poet
falls in their pond

(4/1/16)

Chinese chef
on death row
dead man woking

(4/1/16)

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pink fingernails
laquered with gilt
my banker offers a pen

(5/1/16)

young women
in day-glo dresses
wait for their latte

(5/1/16)

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cats chase laser dots
no happiness here
only its pursuit

(6/1/16)

in lilting Japanese
she bows to a caller
on the telephone

(6/1/16)

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nike shoes hang
on a telephone wire
jays shriek like teens

(7/1/16)

sunset on the prairie
shadows of grain elevators
ramshackle castles

(7/1/2016)

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raking dry grass
piles of black pellets
deer nod their thanks

(8/1/16)

swept up by a heron
the koi looks down
hey, there’s my pond!

(8/1/16)

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a true marvel
the candidate’s trousers
didn’t ignite

(9/1/16)

god must’ve blown
them all out– skies
empty of stars

(9/1/16)

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led by their devices
hunters stream pass
oleander blooms

(10/1/16)

rattling compressor
vinyl pumpkins inflate
my neighbor’s lawn

(10/1/16)

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long dark hair
short black dress
I’ve missed my station

(11/5/16)

a pot of water
whistles up a new life
pomegranate tea

(11/5/16)

ace crematory’s
mini-van rattles off
dad’s last ride

(11/5/16)

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when you go
who will I wake
and tell my dreams

(12/1/16)

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given up
to a shelter
purrs still in my ear

(1/1/17)

she reads sutras
from a smartphone
her face illumined

(1/1/17)

cat snuggles
around a coffee mug
I go without

(1/1/17)

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doe nuzzles
a deer made of wires
and lights

(2/1/17)

snow drifts
on castle ruins
battering ram intact

(2/1/17)

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in the fountain
buddha sits
attended by deer

(3/1/17)

fast-fwd sex scenes
no need to dwell
long winter nights

(3/1/17)

tangerine peels
kleenex by my pillow
winter’s progress

(3/1/17)

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bathing her face
in cobalt blue
netflixing in bed

(4/1/17)

lines were drawn
then wiped away–
walking by the sea

(4/1/17)

walking at night
living rooms are aquariums
flickering blue light

(4/1/17)

indecipherable notes
all in my handwriting
a stranger’s gift

(5/1/17)

a new birdhouse
my real estate empire
flourishes

(5/1/17)

waves to cars
his cardboard sign
scrawled with haiku

(5/1/17)