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February 2009  Issue IX:1

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  over the mountain                clouds no one
climbs
 
 
places
for the ocean to end
---
his birthday no longer a party
 
 

no way
to correct the dead
---
our shadows outgrow us

 
Gary Hotham

 

 

 

shadows of seeds on their way
toward old as the hills ungracefully
slow rain a brain stuffed with drought
sun pull arm shot with electric shocks
dawn no longer up to me
marlene mountain

 

 

 

sun on the horizon
who first
picked up a stone
 
    no one to greet me
the evening sky
called 'shins of angels'
paul m.

 

what light there is—
my skin
bends the flame
   
    the moon outside—
a moment
before I bleed
  into winter—
her old voice
makes new words
 
Ian Daw

 

 

 

  Echolocation—
the wolf
in the moonbuzz
echolocation the dark purple sounds crossing the bridge
asleep even in this dream the lions need meat
walking with the hyacinths green city
Mike Andrelczyk

 

 

 

such innocent questions — sunflowers
 
I see the iris
and its stamina
and am blue
 
Charles Trumbull

 

 

 

red gold water
the trout’s footprints
crossing a bedouin sun

   
Clare McCotter

 

 

 

purple milking the space between sea urchin spines
Billie Dee

 

 

 

when you sleep
your thoughts are green
the strange call of dawn
 
    leaf shadows on
the ground sway from
the secrets of war
  watching
the old woman’s breasts
a raven
 
Chris Gordon

 

 

A heartbeat that moment two avatars touch
I’ll linger here knowing the type of star you’ll settle on
Kind words stacked neatly before it gets cold
 

Here they come
right to the brain—
mountain orchids

 

 

Paul Pfleuger Jr.

 

 

 

plavetnilo
planina planini
cvet vetra

blue
from mountain to mountain
the flower of wind

 
     
sa juga
putuga more golo
stakleni brod
from the south
the naked sea is at peace
a ship made of glass
 
Tatjana Debeljacki

 

 

 

  Whirling dervish lights
Water’s flame in blue and green
Ever still, twinkling.
 
Dan

 

 

 

暗黒の我が喉通る深層水
ankoku-no wa-ga nodo tooru shinsousui


through the pitch dark
of my throat it passes
deep sea mineral water

 

 

心音のかすかに聴こえ薺摘む
shinon-no kasuka-ni kikoe nazuna tsumu


my heartbeat
just perceptible. . . i pick
some shepherd's purse

数珠玉を手に颱風のくる気配
juzudama-o te-ni taifuu-no kuru kehai



Job’s-tears
in my hands a typhoon
gathers strength


Dhugal Lindsay

 

 

 

windfall apples
what I think about
what I think


   

to whom it may concern cottonwood puffs

Carolyn Hall

 

 

 

Slow swing of willows through my own fault
  Deep winter. . .
pulling all
my punches
 
Twilight in the arrangement of stones
Patrick Sweeney

 

 

  this early darkness quitting time
 
fever dreams arrive as mail with tainted attachments
 
pretty sure my red is your red
 

unable to find the middle of the night

  winter morning where we left off yesterday
John Stevenson

 

 

mostly water
           just like that
                   you turn to snow
 
    snow
           part of the
                             milky way
  raccoon—
     hands bare
           all winter
 
subzero schoolyard's an empty ice crystal
subzero
          sparrows' huddle-bush
                size of my chest
 

 

now youre on
                    an unpaved road
                                              & don't know where

john martone


 

 

deep winter
I walk the wind
into twilight

 

Laryalee Fraser

 

 

a fork in the
the road turning into a
a clock
   
  I am falling where
falling wears me
down
 
found dead
somewhere a mirror
gives birth
   
  where am I here  

Peter Yovu

 

 

loss:   in a rain of feathers     a howl

chaos:   in a clay jug, gathered

faith:   accepting the wave, a dying seal's flipper

William M. Ramsey

 

 

  Nothing brings her back
Not a crystal sea
Not a pink cloud
 
    Awakening
To a wet dream—
Spring
  What mystery there was
In the blue night and black house
Is us
 
    An old man
Surrounded by the sound
Of a thousand starlings
Jack Galmitz

 

my past replaced in the train of thought
an eye for an eye blossoms unseen
my mind wind's child
Dietmar Tauchner

 

southard's deathday. . .
grains
in the ganges
  han shan
will carve my name
into a stone
Tyler Pruett

 

  Gold

Of hue

That mold

we grew
  the third atmosphere || a school of fish receives communion
A legion of snails between lives
    In the ivy of my lungs
Pompeii is born
  A needle

A knife

A love

Of flight

To switch

The respite

A beetle's

Secret life
and back to the heart leaf vein
Jason Sanford Brown

 

traps in the mountain which sleeps
  Chinese New Year
a tail is growing
in every shadow
 
Fay Aoyagi

 

trees free of tree free of trees
twilight my right mind escapes me
Helen Buckingham

 

clear day turns stars stare back

something in that moon I'm going to regret

last stop all the trains of thought shuffle out
empty sky all I have are these issues
Rob Scott

 

with the same finger pulling the trigger or not

  completely in the dark
the view from here
and now
 
just spring the glister of seeping waters
    morning
love

holding
my
self
in

side
yours
  the soft
Sunday morning
air god
gets the last
word
 
Jim Kacian

 

  Sparrows
       fists exploding
a delicate school of air

above the road-wind
Russell Brickey

 

between the woods the quiet voices of the brook
John Barlow

 

where the old house was winter wind
coal au cars tu clicking mn wi by nd
Philip Miller

 

a snake across leaf month
_kala

 

  rose thorn
would summon the color
of its rose
 
Mike Dillon

 

  dragonflies
how long did we know
before we knew?
Peggy Willis Lyles

 

  on the sea rocks
iguanas dreaming
of Darwin
time-heli-space-skier-continuum
George Swede

 

cutting sea slug
so where is the start
and end of life
Removing blankets from the last wrong forecast of the year.
The youngest cow
sniffs my new mocassins and
I recall the Year.
ro

 

 

葉の裏に青き夢みるかたつむり


A snail
Dreams a blue dream
On the back of a leaf.

 

from The Haiku Universe for the 21st Century (Modern Haiku Association 2008)

R.H. Blyth

 

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