Haiku Series 31.Haiku Series 3 in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
the moment I chose
in another dream
all these hands
in a voice from autumn
a face I know
Jam SessionLate summer dusk. In the quiet hours before nightfall, my family drifts, in drowsy ritual, to separate corners of the house. Dinner finished, only the kitchen appliances continue their momentum.Jam Session in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
a dish bubble pops
on the window
3rd Grade ZenToday, my little brother managed to catch an anole. Mud-green, flabby - I can tell this is one of the old ones. Cupped between life lines, the ancient reptile doesn't even struggle. He just sits - eyes sealed into wrinkled sockets.3rd Grade Zen in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
I read somewhere once, that the Daoist masters had no need to fight. When confronted with danger, they simply willed themselves to disappear. Today though, it's too hot to wait around.
"What do you think we should name him?"
"No names buddy. Time to let him go."
spotting a tail
in the crabgrass
SatoriOne hour to midnight. Cross-legged, we hunch like campers over a single volume of Issa.Satori in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
Kobayashi, Issa was a wandering priest. A pacifist who lost all, but his last daughter, to illness.
Hey dude, you wanna know something weird?
Ever since starting haiku, I cant even bring myself to kill bugs anymore.
Yeah, its like I see them more clearly. I dont know, like a small universe.
Yeah I still hate roaches though. Th
MonsoonBut let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasureMonsoon in Other More Like This
I paint her not in words
but in rain
Zen on the roof
of a haiku world
sex just happens
relentless demand in Saturns grip
Harmony and chaos
have virtually vanished,
stripping us to the four winds
and martian fancy.
We are vagabonds,
dim and fanciful
in a celestial crowd.
Who knows if this war has a creative effect?
God? The devil?
A question for the pit
of Pandoras Box
We share a single eye.
Perhaps it is appropriate.
The will of the gods
and a drunkard
Black Belt ClassThe dojo is no quieter than a bar room. Sweat dampens the air. Someone, probably my sifu, has put LL Cool J in the disc player.Black Belt Class in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
"Work your angles Laurence, that guy is bigger than you cant take him going straight in..."
We are sparring tonight. I had my turn, rinsing mouthpiece, wrapping hands - wondering what became of my left contact lens.
Alright Stacey, youre back on the mat...
the lopsided flight
of a monarch
Senryu Series 41.Senryu Series 4 in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
faking a call
to avoid the wino's
passing a porn shop
we talk straight-faced
fired from work
a warm welcome
from the clerk
the new boss hums
we settle for
Senryu Series 31.Senryu Series 3 in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
she emails me
annoyed with him
she stuffs a pillow
between her legs
a televangelist lectures
passing the salt-
she asks me if I've dated
a white woman
an old flame
at the wedding
I let her pin me
a second time
in one breath
April Tanka Series 130.April Tanka Series 1 in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
I hum a love song
for her, slightly
in the mayan blue sky
into missing her-
the dead aunt
spoke to me
at her Shakespeare recital-
beyond the words
World Tai Chi Day
in the city park-
the restless cry
of a rain crow-
against my better judgment
I tell her
what I really think
I shift into
the bed space
of my night-mused
to the mantis bosom-
his stepwife cradles
July Haiku-Thon 20091.July Haiku-Thon 2009 in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
our glowworm jar
the door swings open
a lesson from my niece
a teenage couple
a butterfly stops
at the red one
the hospital nurse
takes a smoke break
a starling dives
a jewel beetle finds
I follow her lead
the photo of a girl
I once kissed
Selling Lightbulbs to the Blindthey don't need them,Selling Lightbulbs to the Blind in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
but they'll take them,
anything they get their hands on
what a waste this is becoming,
what a waste that is their money
blowing it on anything they find.
you say you sell lightbulbs to the blind men,
standing with canes and glasses on,
they'll flip the switch, the light is bright man,
take their money and you're gone,
but you're the that needs to see,
what's it's doing to you and me,
you are another kind of evil,
beating down on broken people
stealing all that they have
take second and think this over
what a useless thing you've sold her
all so you have the last laugh
you say you sell music to the deaf
I Remember When Vampires didn't-i thought you knew how this felt,I Remember When Vampires didn't- in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
dragged me back down to my knees
what the hell do i need lungs for?
held under water i can't breathe
that ring on your finger
was an anchor around my neck
this ship was sinking anyway
what did you expect?
did you think you'd find (yes i did, yes i did)
someone else this time? (yes i did, yes i did)
did you think i'd change? (i did more than you know)
i'll never be the same! (is there time enough to show-
(everything you know brought me to the ground
i'm not even under water, breathe your breath and i drown)
you said we've grown apart for too long,
everything has died
this anger is too
A Story with No Moralthe waiter must've died when he saw what you ordered,A Story with No Moral in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
mister that pie wasn't meant to be an hors d'oeuvre.
they don't have it in stock, take a look at our menu
sir i'm sorry about the laughter, we didn't mean to offend you
his face was purple but with cause comes punishment,
sir, you look flushed, would you like a refreshment?
i don't want a fucking drink, i want the pie i ordered,
if you don't have it here, try the state's we border!
sir i assure you, we're doing our best,
your best isn't good enough, drool dripped down his chest
everything in here is edible, even all of you,
dude, that's kinda creepy. doesnt' matter it's true
Roadswe've spent soo long along these roads,Roads in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
i don't know what to call home.
and all i've ever known is you.
it's been too long since i saw you last,
at our graduation bash,
and all that's on my mind is you.
so when, will, the roads cross?
will i see you along my path?
and when, we're, all alone,
why won't that time pass?
cause i've been thinking, spending
too long in my own head.
my heart stopped beating when i saw you,
now i think it's dead.
the minutes seem like hours,
and the days are weeks.
i wish i could say something,
but i don't dare speak.
cause i know what i'll say,
and you'll laughin my face,
for thinking it at all.
In My Heart tooi make my way onto the floor,In My Heart too in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
i can spot you from across the room.
the scent of you flies up my nose,
the smell of rose when it's in bloom.
and when our skin meets,
my heart skips beats.
when our lips touch,
it's almost too much.
everyone around disappears,
and i can't help but wonder why,
of all the women in this place,
why did you catch my eye?
our hands grasp,
i hear your laugh.
our eyes catch
like an invisible latch.
and now we're hooked,
strapped into a ride
i was never prepared
to wager my life,
on the catch of an eye,
from meters away.
and i've wondered about love,
every single day,
but i can't be sure
Smiling Facesfix the faces!!Smiling Faces in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
break the frowns!!
turn the sadness,
make them smile,
even if it's fake.
cause your depression's
all i can take.
i've seen it all,
i've been through worse,
and yet you wanna
ride in a hearse.
so take the gun,
and buy your ticket,
a bullet in a head,
yeah, that'll fix it.
we all take turns,
in this carnival of death.
the only ones here,
have breathed their last breaths.
take your turn,
bite the bullet.
lock the chamber,
the trigger, pull it.
She Will Eat Your Candy and Steal Your Souli'm not one for sweets and stuffShe Will Eat Your Candy and Steal Your Soul in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
but this girls made of the sweetest stuff
and i swear if you could see her,
you wouldn't believe her
they way she sings just way too soft
and has to stand on her tip-toe tops to kiss me.
just to kiss me.
but she, won't see,
herself, the way i see her
and i can't breathe,
cause when, i, see her
my heart skips it's beat
my mind starts a retreat
and the words fall from my mouth
like rain from a high up cloud.
oh how i'd love to peruse her mind,
if she'd only give me time
to see the world through her blue eyes
the eyes the color of the skies
i'd love to know what's in her brain
she thinks thou
Blink and You've Missed Itthis slow ride to the topBlink and You've Missed It in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
gave us a fast crash to the bottom
(just you wait and see)
and now i'm stuck in a ditch
trying to find the end of the bottle
(don't you wait for me)
cause i'm sitting on a park bench
waiting for the end of the world
(oh ooh oh)
she'll come as soon as the clock stops
with her hair in perfect curls
(oh ooh oh)
and i can't wait...
i've set the date...
(here we go)
oh, baby come with me, (with me)
oh, baby don't you see (you see)
i've been waiting for hours, weeks and days
for a way out of this small town (small time)
i've spent months thinking of ways
to get out of here with you (and i)
And the Towers Felltake stand at your pulpit,And the Towers Fell in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
and tell us all what you remember,
where you were that fateful day,
the darkest of september.
the one day they all died for,
just so you could carry on.
you take it in stride, but they perished,
so that your life could be long.
it's been ten years, they've come and passed,
on the ground you can find pieces of broken glass.
they killed for what they believe,
and our people died for you.
the least you can give is thanks,
they did more than you'll ever do.
so make your jokes,
and poke your fun
at the ones who fought that day.
though the pictures black, you can see the shadows,
of those who perished i
Broken Hearts aren't Lighterthese halls have called my name for far too long,Broken Hearts aren't Lighter in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
your walls must read my mind, cause they're singing my songs.
and i don't know what happened to me,
i don't know if i can make it back.
i lost the bookmark and page,
spun me around and spun me back.
i walk around with my head down low...
i want to ask but not to know...
i'm just begging for you to hear.
was wrong, babe,
you'll come crawling back to me, dear.
when you were here i thought it was all good and done,
but now that you've gone my sadness has won.
your name is the only one i know, and it hurts to say it.
you were a lake and now i've
A Very Short StoryA Very Short Story in Short Stories More Like This
Everyone was two inches tall.
Sestina for the WaryMy friend asked me, "Why do you runSestina for the Wary in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
when you cross the street?"
I looked at her and swallowed
the cold in my throat. "I don't know," I said as we separated
at the student parking lot full of cars
owned by cocky adolescents too young
for brakes and steering wheels. Too young
to understand the world they'll one day run
while indulging in too-expensive cars
they'll go into debt trying to pay for. These street
kids will do anything to separate
themselves from the crowd. They believe they're swallows
in a sky of robins. They don't know how to swallow
their pride. When they were young.
school and home were separate,
and friends we
Danny is a RockstarDanny is a rockstarDanny is a Rockstar in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Danny is a rockstar
Danny is a rockstar
Dannys a rockstar now
Hang up the jersey, turn off the scoreboard
He wont be needing them anymore
Cause Dannys got a guitar now
And hes gonna rock you out
Danny is a rockstar
Danny is a rockstar
Danny is a rockstar
Dannys a rockstar now
Trade in the cleats and now hes got a tattoo
Used to be so polite, and now hes saying SCREW YOU!
Dannys growing up so fast.
Dannys gonna kick your ass.
Danny is a rockstar
Danny is a rockstar
Danny is a rockstar
Dannys a rockstar now
Used to quote spor
The Train to ProvidenceThe train to Providence is boarding now.The Train to Providence in Surrealism More Like This
Pay attention when he says, I love you, because you dont know if hell ever say it again. His heart could stop in a heartbeat and youll be heartbroken because you never said, I love you, too.
Hurry up, kid, or youll never make it.
Pay attention when she says, Youre wonderful, because shes telling you the truth. She is not ignorant, not blind, not oblivious. She never learned to hate you because you never taught her how.
Pay attention when I say, Please dont leave. Stay, because you dont k
Shaking DreamcatchersThe only present you ever gave me was a bead bracelet. It wasnt a particularly beautiful one. The beads were dull shades of green, like the color of moss on a rock. In the sunlight, it could only provide shadows. Dull green never gleamed in the light. But still, it was a gift from you and thats what made it valuable.Shaking Dreamcatchers in Children and Teen More Like This
Theyre power beads, you told me. Theyre supposed to make you feel good. You smiled at me, two front teeth missing from your grin. And I smiled back as if I was trying to make up for your loss of baby teeth with my fully-grown ones.
Thank you, I said. I didnt t
The LetterThe letter was addressed to me. Thats why I took it. Normally, I would never go through my mothers purse. There was always a chance of getting caught. But when I saw my name scrawled in blue ink on the envelope, I thought it wouldnt matter this time. My name was on it so it was already mine.The Letter in Short Stories More Like This
Her purse was on the counter and the top left hand corner of the letter stuck out. I could see part of the name, Seth, printed in messy handwriting.
Mother had been outside reading on the porch, and I had just come home from school. She didnt say anything about a letter when I walked up the driveway, but then she nev
Dear Mr. PresidentDear Mr. President,Dear Mr. President in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
I've got this friend
Who wants to join your fight.
Dear Mr. President,
I've got this friend,
Won't you please grant him his rights?
He's more than willing
To give you his time
He's more than willing
To put his life on the line
So why do you keep him in silence?
The same old argument,
They keep saying
that his kind just won't do
The same old argument
Can't fight for freedom
Unless you change your truth
We'll let you in
Just keep on living a lie
We'll let you in
Just promise to keep it quiet.
But aren't we equal in the line of fire?
the land of the free?
No Fight Clubs for GirlsThere are fight clubs for boysNo Fight Clubs for Girls in Free Verse More Like This
who fight boys.
Boys who want to bruise
and be bruised.
Boys who want to fight,
and live to glorify their wounds.
But there are no fight clubs for girls
so we fight with ourselves
to prove our worth,
and when we have to fight someone else,
because we know nothing
hurts as bad
as the abuse
We are so
We're not allowed to scream
because that's not ladylike.
So we pick on petty things
until they break
until we all break
We're not human beings.
We're rabid and bloodthirsty.
A fight club for g
Teenage MediocrityDarcy has issues. Family issues, relationship issues, friend issues, you name it. I should know. Every time we talk, she always raves about another problem she has no matter how trivial it is.Teenage Mediocrity in Short Stories More Like This
He doesnt care. He cheats on me. He doesnt notice me at all.
You havent even talked to him yet.
I know. But if I did, he wouldnt notice me. And hed definitely cheat on me.
How do you know?
Everyone cheats on me.
Darcy calls me up sometimes. She even calls me at work. One time, Cam picked up the phone, heard her voice, and told her, She cant talk r
Because...Kovah Setters, Sophomore, HomeroomBecause... in Children and Teen More Like This
Most people say that homeroom is useless. I find it relaxing, though. Its an unproductive period, but its a good place to think. There isnt anything we need to do in homeroom; just sit there and wait for the bell to ring. I guess I take comfort in the moments with no obligations, the moments people mistake for wastes of time. Todays homeroom is quiet as usual. People are always sleepy when they get here. One kids even got his head down on his desk. I look at my own desk. The words, Life sucks, are written in blue ink. Why? If it was so important to point out, I don&
Keeping the SummerThe year began, my greatest wishKeeping the Summer in Free Verse More Like This
To turn back the clock to before
Keeping the summer for another season
Not moving on to what was in store
As perils grew and trouble rang
The summer looked even better still
And counting all the tears that fell
Would make my mind's eye ocean fill
Sweet salty ocean smell around me
Warm grains of sand under my feet
Would have kept me grounded
For every despair yet to meet
The cold icy chill of wintertime
And the snow that fell in heaps
Only proved my frozen heart
Could never take that risky leap
Every moment passed with pain
Hurt echoed in the winter air
As memories of happiness shown
FLW Revis. Ch 5The Four Letter WordFLW Revis. Ch 5 in Short Stories More Like This
Meet us at Burger King in twenty minutes, dude. That was the message on my phone when I got home from school. I turn my cell phone on silent during school hours, and usually forget to reset it until after I get home. J-Mac often leaves random messages on the machine, telling me where the crew is meeting and when. Going is my only option unless I have a formulated excuse. I dont know why he always expects me to get there out of the blue. I dont know why I always do.
Life is just like that. You cant explain why things are the way they are.
It was a Thursday
Four MonthsFour MonthsFour Months in Free Verse More Like This
There was a time when I denied
Each thing I felt, and then I cried.
I made myself believe it untrue,
Even when I couldn't look at you.
There was a time when I held back.
Of hiding away, I have a knack.
I didn't talk like I did before,
The rift between us grew much more.
There was a time when I shared.
My fears and holes were soon repaired.
Another soul found out my grief
And lent their ears like a handkerchief.
There was a time when I was mean;
I was so hateful, cruel, and unclean.
I spoke lies that didn't belong;
Pushed you away when I felt wrong.
There was a time when I wouldn't speak;
From my mouth, no truths
The Existence of WallsThe Existence of WallsThe Existence of Walls in Free Verse More Like This
The existence of dew drops of
infantesimal knowledge of
what I was feeling when I
raced through the mud-streaked
grass, sneakers flicking the
water upward toward the sky,
causing a backwards sort of rain
that welcomed me.
The normal rain, the expected falling
of miniscule bullets of fresh,
chilling, life-awakening fame
dripping onto my forehead,
testing my strength to
keep myself together,
I am always running.
And the rain falls the same.
The existence of sheets of white,
that lay underneath me, night after night,
dismal comfort in a sea of discomfort
and a lack of cl
My SolutionMy SolutionMy Solution in Free Verse More Like This
Turn my day from sour
If only for an hour.
Feet moving moves the pain away;
Night fading casts the world in gray.
Invisible hurt is far from known;
Burden that I have is thrown.
Shake away my violent spurt,
Allow me to forget the hurt.
Easier sometimes to walk away,
Leave before I learn how to stay.
Goodbye is better before it's meant
And time is always underspent.
The only thing holding me
Are fake laughs that will never be
And the smiles decorate my face;
I will no longer stay in this place.
Walking out and moving past,
Don't want to look back, so leave fast.
Before that feeling settles in;
I know that I wil
The Number ThreeI think that I shall never seeThe Number Three in Free Verse More Like This
A number as hated as three
Triangles built will always fall apart
Two for one will always break a heart
Jealousy cannot heal what won't let go
The deceit I wish you'd never have to know
Friends become enemies, love turns to dust
Moving as the world spins becomes a must
My mask is a farce of who I am inside
Into my depths, with fear, I hide
Ripped from our abundance of smiles
Our journey longer than any miles
The number three has created so much pain
It only by a fragment does not equal the gain
A Very Confused PoemA Very Confused PoemA Very Confused Poem in Free Verse More Like This
Im very confused today
I dont know what to do or say
I dont remember who you are
Which way is near, which way is far
I feel as if I dont exist
This goes on and on, never ending list
What is left, what is right
Sail a boat? Fly a kite?
Is this wrong? Am I bad?
Is what Im saying making you sad?
What am I doing, who am I?
Can I float up to the sky?
What ever is so wrong with me?
I think I took away your glee
What did I say, that made you mad?
I thought that you were faking sad
I thought that I was being nice
I guess my version wont suffice
I didnt stop to think at
The Four Letter Word ch 33Chapter Thirty-ThreeThe Four Letter Word ch 33 in Short Stories More Like This
Anywhere But Here
Indeed, the dreaded December 3rd did come, as much as I wished it wouldnt. And now, on top of everything else, I had Aunt Margarets Christmas Party to look forward to. Oh, joy! I could at least be glad Macey wasnt coming with her oh-so-Lovely-Boyfriend Johnny. Gag me! Johnny went out with her almost every day after school now, and I heard him talking to her on the phone from his bedroom, at 12 midnight, no less! I was never asleep by midnight anyway, but I still really didnt feel like listening to my brothers voice as he said, Yeah, I love you too sweetie. You hang u
The Four Letter Word ch 13Chapter ThirteenThe Four Letter Word ch 13 in Short Stories More Like This
So if he comes up to you, looking all fierce, Ill just throw mashed potatoes at him! Hopefully, it will be turkey and potatoes day, because otherwise Im screwed for a plan. Ill make sure to throw the hottest part of my pile-o-potatoes, and aim for his eyes! Sound like a plan? Diego asked Jade. Jade laughed at the prospects. See, they were talking about what would happen if a new-age Frankenstein raided our school and came at Jade like she might be his next victim. Well, now you see: Diego to the rescue!
I smiled at the thought of Frankenstein at Malden High and hoped he would be smart
TAINTED chapter 1The cold cement felt like a refreshing wave of energy that relieved me from the oncoming heat of summer. A rainy start to the month of June but it was pleasant none the less. I closed my eyes gingerly as I spread my arms, tempting my stability on the ledge of the three story building.TAINTED chapter 1 in Short Stories More Like This
My Aunts work was where I spent most of my free time before I had to go to work at the Clubhouse a few blocks away. You might say I had no other way to spend my time but mainly it was the view from up here on this thin ledge that could easily drop me. An intriguing and yet morbid thought at the same time. What wo
Dear...Dear memoryDear... in Free Verse More Like This
You fail to recollect
You fail to misjudge
You dont want me to correct
You want me to keep holding this grudge
But why, i cannot see
You lost me in a web
Of falseness and distaste
Of sorrow and dread
But has all of this been a waste?
The answer may be a surpirse
You have run the longest yard
You have driven me off my track
You have made me fall hard
You made my very being crack
I cant say my efforts were enough
Where have you gone?
Are you never coming back?
It has been far to long
Since the darkness has attacked
Is there no end to this abyss?
Shotgun chapter 18Chapter 18Shotgun chapter 18 in Short Stories More Like This
Past, present, future, if there is one
I think he fell asleep
Eeeeeeep Ted is sleeping on my lap oh my god!
Youre going to wake him you idiot stop moving so much!
I felt like I was in the middle of a dream but the obvious shaking made it obvious that this was reality. I struggled to open my eyes, and apparently fell asleep on Caseys lap. Well hell! Thats embarrassing!! I shot up and bam! My head hit the side of the table.
Ted! Casey screamed. Instead of trying to catch me from falling, she practically jumped, casing me to fa
PerfectionSeeing through a windowPerfection in Free Verse More Like This
A dull and smoky haze
Pressing to the glass
Pouring rain outside
The sun as bright as day
Rainbows casting shadows
But you're as dull as gray
Comparing to perfection
At least in someones eyes
A thundercloud surrounds you
For her the sun does rise
Searching through the glass
You want to feel that breeze
The lock not giving way
Out there you could be free
But you are not perfection
Keep scratching at the glass
Keep watching from the inside
Out there your shadow wont be cast
Her smile shows on ocean
Ever lasting love
Eyes of crystaled kidness
What you are is not enough
My ButterflyThe fluttering wingsMy Butterfly in Free Verse More Like This
The untouchable breeze
Before the butterfly leaves
My friend at heart
The only i need
Please dont ever take flight
With your wings built for speed
My dear companion
Wings shaped like hearts
Colors of love
Don't tear us apart
You land next to me
Seems like you stare
You flap your frail wings
And take to the air
Such a long stretch
Traveling as you do
Goodbye my butterfly
You dont need me to take care of you
The fluttering wings
As the butterfly leaves
Gone now, it is
Away from my life
I carve the image inside me
The SongA song fills the airThe Song in Free Verse More Like This
You don't notice that it's there
It's a soft melody chime
One you wouldn't dare to rhyme
Something fillled with nothing to you
You wouldn't sing along if you knew
Only meaning does exist
Meaning that you should see to fit
It's a song written by me
Someone you never see
Someone that you once knew
Look at how fast time flew
The song you don't seem to hear
The song you of all shouldn't fear
That song is about you
It's about everything you do
The way you look
The way you shook
The way you smile
The way you put yourself in denile
The way you smell
And how quick you almost fell
About how when you used to
ScreamingShe screams to the sky, to the air, to the worldScreaming in Free Verse More Like This
She screams to the sensation that fills her inside
She screams so that everyone, yet no one can hear
She screams to show that she is happy to live another day
She screams to fill the silence that is left in her head
She screams to rid the violent memories and maybe get some sleep
She screams to show that she has finally had enough and will move on
She screams to shed some tears that havent spilled for so long
She screams to you
She screams to no one
She screams for herself
She screams for everyone else
She screams not from anger, but not love
She screams because she wants to, but
Shotgun chapter 21Chapter 21Shotgun chapter 21 in Short Stories More Like This
A wounded little bird
(Seths point of view)
I was just about to sit down with my triple layered BLT with some extra meat products added to it when my phone rang. I cursed at my sandwich and cursed at the chair as I pushed it out and cursed at the floor as I walked over and picked it up.
Seth get over to King Phillip Street right now, near the old train trestle. NOW! And Justin hung up. He sounded like he had just witnessed the apocalypse in his mind and it was happening for real like a Final Destination 4 movie. I dropped the phone, stared at the wall, and then grabbed my coat and ran