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Dick Whyte
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Haiku and Tanka
.. late summer... composing a death poem for a cicada New Year's Eve in Afghanistan the same old war cicada's death so many ways to know autumn shaking off the fly a third time I am getting too old for death revolution in Egypt I "like" their Facebook page ..
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Tanka and Haiku
.. the bag of bananas all bruised I ignore her attempt at conversation that feeling of anxiety passes for a moment the moon behind clouds benefit cuts her letter to santa goes unanswered Christmas layoffs she asks the storefront Santa for her mother's job back laid off the snowman without a scarf out of work he eats Christmas dinner from a can sniffing her panties summer heat out of work he folds the gas bill into a paper hat Christmas Eve the checkout girl covers a yawn ..
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Tanka and Haiku
.. solo mum cleaning her daughter's room the barbie has more shoes that she does more layoffs a stray cat drinks from the gutter discussing Deleuze until three in the morning spring rain on a tin roof ..
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Haiku
.. home from the war everything's the same except him ..
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Five Tanka
.. camellia blossoms fall he fingers the faded indent of his wedding ring is it spring already? mum tells me my cousin is off to Afghanistan reading his poems all afternoon sparrows hop from branch to branch so many ways to finish this tanka― a camellia falls two week old daffodils wilting in the vase― her cousin goes to trial ..
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Haiku and Senryu
.. in one browser looking up news from Iran in the other, porn .. first day of winter– the king of pop is dead .. eating alone– I fold my napkin into a crane .. long grass the weight of raindrops on my skin ..
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Dick-Laurence Renku -FINISHED-
waning heat– a few bare spots in the melon patch (L) harvest moon– sweat drips from his balding head (D) termite tracks– talk of Jackson's death in whispers (L) dusk hollows storm winds resound (D) wet newspaper Iran bleeds into commerce (L) her father's voice between each gunshot silence (D) hibiscus flowers in full bloom morning skyline (L) tui song steam from the tea on my face (D) noon breeze– the toddler mimics an airplane (L) clear night the streetlamps come on one by one (D) city dusk– the strip club's roof in neon (L) red light district a policeman undercov
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Favour For A Friend -Part 6-
                                                    Favour for a Friend                                                 Chapter 6: The Favour  
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Favour For A Friend -Part 5-
                                                    Favour for a Friend                                                 Chapter 5: The Parents  
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Favour For A Friend -Part 4-
                                                    Favour for a Friend                                                 Chapter 4: The Decision 
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Haiku and Tanka
.. late summer... composing a death poem for a cicada New Year's Eve in Afghanistan the same old war cicada's death so many ways to know autumn shaking off the fly a third time I am getting too old for death revolution in Egypt I "like" their Facebook page ..
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Tanka and Haiku
.. the bag of bananas all bruised I ignore her attempt at conversation that feeling of anxiety passes for a moment the moon behind clouds benefit cuts her letter to santa goes unanswered Christmas layoffs she asks the storefront Santa for her mother's job back laid off the snowman without a scarf out of work he eats Christmas dinner from a can sniffing her panties summer heat out of work he folds the gas bill into a paper hat Christmas Eve the checkout girl covers a yawn ..
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Tanka and Haiku
.. solo mum cleaning her daughter's room the barbie has more shoes that she does more layoffs a stray cat drinks from the gutter discussing Deleuze until three in the morning spring rain on a tin roof ..
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Haiku
.. home from the war everything's the same except him ..
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Five Tanka
.. camellia blossoms fall he fingers the faded indent of his wedding ring is it spring already? mum tells me my cousin is off to Afghanistan reading his poems all afternoon sparrows hop from branch to branch so many ways to finish this tanka― a camellia falls two week old daffodils wilting in the vase― her cousin goes to trial ..
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Haiku and Senryu
.. in one browser looking up news from Iran in the other, porn .. first day of winter– the king of pop is dead .. eating alone– I fold my napkin into a crane .. long grass the weight of raindrops on my skin ..
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Dick-Laurence Renku -FINISHED-
waning heat– a few bare spots in the melon patch (L) harvest moon– sweat drips from his balding head (D) termite tracks– talk of Jackson's death in whispers (L) dusk hollows storm winds resound (D) wet newspaper Iran bleeds into commerce (L) her father's voice between each gunshot silence (D) hibiscus flowers in full bloom morning skyline (L) tui song steam from the tea on my face (D) noon breeze– the toddler mimics an airplane (L) clear night the streetlamps come on one by one (D) city dusk– the strip club's roof in neon (L) red light district a policeman undercov
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Favour For A Friend -Part 6-
                                                    Favour for a Friend                                                 Chapter 6: The Favour  
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Favour For A Friend -Part 5-
                                                    Favour for a Friend                                                 Chapter 5: The Parents  
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Favour For A Friend -Part 4-
                                                    Favour for a Friend                                                 Chapter 4: The Decision 
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Senryu Series 11
1. election day choosing the devil I know 2. first date her parents question our future 3. road trip the kids unpack a squabble 4. massage therapy another old knot of heartbreak 5. deep recession I add more spice to the ramen 6. televangelist available on Itunes salvation 7. job well done from the boss... blue moon 8. 18th birthday a postcard from the army 9. cemetery even here the poor section 10. midnight diner everyone feeds the jukebox 11. haunted house we let the youngest go first
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Tanka Series 13
1. no closure after your death only poems unfinished on the dresser 2. taking in our delinquent son a leaf more golden as it falls 3. evening jog out of the mountain I arrive at the edge of moonlight 4. mulling the question can poetry stop a tank? the potential of a butterfly at rest 5. another cut in teacher wages one thrush never making it to flight 6. distant cries of southbound geese I too still stuck in old patterns 7. endless sermons on the road to God I follow the shimmer of a cockroach 8. so many words for winter sorrow yet another blank face from the moon 9. unable to afford her dre
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Tanka Series 12
1. surprise letter from a friend at war the weight of spring rain on my shoulders 2. ravens calling from beyond the pine I'm the last to hear of grandma's death 3. picking shapes from an evening cloud we imagine the face of our daughter 4. another night of constellations I crank up the wail of Kurt Cobain 5. mountain trail from rock to rock we step deeper into stories of childhood 6. complications with my father's heart I bury the memory of his absence 7. discussing risks of another surgery a hornet pounds at the window 8. browsing ads for another job the promise of rainstorms at dusk -complete-
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Spring Haiku Series
1. spring dusk the hooker darts between cars 2. morning moon we bait the line with liver 3. aikido class the balance of moths in lamplight 4. spring recital every child a rainbow 5. her eyes between chemo spring rain 6. reading Hiroshima the distant boom of bullfrogs 7. trimming back the bonsai spring deepens 8. fireflies again I question my faith 9. this is a collect call from... first cicada 10. spring dusk my family shares a shadow -complete-
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Love is Mathmatical
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Winter Series 2
1. her illness beyond our care winter birds 2. explaining tanka to my 5th grade class a pivot of laughter from the hallway 3. birthday morning a brand new set of aches 4. winter stones I hurl the last of a gut bug 5. city blizzard the soup kitchen door still warm 6. bowling with perfect form on Nintendo my grandfather's arthritic hands 7. tuition deadline I stretch the hole in my pocket 8. deep winter the green of old bread 9. donation jar for orphan children somewhere my coins in the shuffle 10. CT scan revealing nothing winter sun -complete-
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The Beach
Columbus Weekend. After the usual scramble, my family is finally on the road to South Carolina; two full days at the beach and all the seafood we can keep down. Between his legs, Dyson has managed to stuff every toy on the market into a Pokémon backpack. I've neatly packed a series of haiku essays. The downtime will give me a chance to work on my book. road trip to Charleston embracing my sibling role as a pillow The trip isn't all pleasure. Mom has business conferences during the day. We won't see her until late each afternoon. To kill time, Dad and I take Dyson to the shore. children bobbing on every wave white gulls The beac
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Autumn Series
1. Halloween zombies arrive by van 2. children's shelter a faded cap from Disney World 3. waking up to our email chat your heart still blinking from the inbox 4. roadside farm the old mare blurs into dusk 5. returning home an alternate way the moon 6. searching Facebook for the one that got away red leaves falling by the dozen 7. deep autumn my father's eyes at 60 8. slumped economy a 30 minute wait at Waffle House 9. emergency room her stable condition on Twitter 10. child's grave from birth to death the moon 11. hiking alone I think the gray 12. Black Friday my neighbor's house at a steal 13
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Weekend Hike
Blue dawn. After one last stretch, I start alone up Kennesaw Mountain. dappled light the sparrow's song in pieces Most Sundays, I would be joined by mom and, if we can budge him, my kid brother. Today they have opted for church. I don't mind the solitude. Walking alone, I focus on breathing, slow and deep into the stomach. In martial arts, this is called Qi Gong. The old masters would breathe this way to increase their longevity. summer on the young girl's lips dandelion seeds Passing a field, I'm surrounded by butterflies. Swallowtails, Hairstreaks, even a Southern Dogface! I've never seen so many at once. Among the insects, hikers s
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Dick-Laurence Renku -FINISHED-
waning heat– a few bare spots in the melon patch (L) harvest moon– sweat drips from his balding head (D) termite tracks– talk of Jackson's death in whispers (L) dusk hollows storm winds resound (D) wet newspaper Iran bleeds into commerce (L) her father's voice between each gunshot silence (D) hibiscus flowers in full bloom morning skyline (L) tui song steam from the tea on my face (D) noon breeze– the toddler mimics an airplane (L) clear night the streetlamps come on one by one (D) city dusk– the strip club's roof in neon (L) red light district a policeman undercov
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Hi There
Okay, So I will be posting occasionally here at the moment but I have very little time to check out other's work. If there is anything in particular you would like me to look at - then send me a note and I will endeavor to check it out. Just wanted to let y'all know that I am not ignoring you. Just have too much on my plate. Also - I am posting my art now on a new blog called Art Dick which you can see here: http://www.wayfarergallery.net/artdick All the best- Dick Whyte
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Something Bothering Me: A Question...
Okay - something is bothering me. Has anyone else noticed the Scientology adds plastered all over DA?? Do you all know what Scientology is?? Scientology is a 'religion' (which many feel is a scam) started by a (some would say, including his children, crazy) science fiction writer (go figure) who is known to have said "If you want to make a lot of money, don't make art - make a religion" (I am paraphrasing, but that's the gist). Now, I am as open minded as the next person, but Scientology is known for splitting people from their families once they join and promoting total separatism from non-Scientologists, particularly those that do not agre
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moyanII's avatar
moyanIIHobbyist Writer
seriously, where are you, Dick?
i miss your lengthy comments...
Phoneix-Faerie's avatar
Phoneix-FaerieHobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday (Well, maybe not that, but it said you were!)and Merry Christmas
SOLARTS's avatar
Weird, DA has my birthday as 25th December, 1900 and I am unable to change it. Thanks anyway. Merry Christmas to you too. :)
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Phoneix-FaerieHobbyist General Artist
...wow! Well, im assuming you arent 110? :)
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almcdermidProfessional Writer
Happy Birthday! I didn't realize you were a Capricorn.