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  69.     

Niagara (haiku)

Niagara falls
with elegant dignity
divine majesty.
 
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  70.     

Old Shoes

Old shoes
Broken-soled brothers
Have seen happier days
I remember when I bought them
My young hands pulled the laces tight
I looked smart in those shoes
Dancing with the girls on a hot summer night
Smoking cigarettes in the gloom
Waiting for a dream to slip into the back seat
Of a ’57 Chevy.

Ah, but
Old shoes
Don’t last long
And old feet grow tired
From all the walking.
There comes a time
When both must part
An ignominious end
In some forgotten field
Covered with pungent earth
Discarded debris.


(Previously published in Some Words: A Place For Poetry, Feb.2000)
 
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  71.     

Pig Heart

People are getting uglier
All the time
Have you noticed?
Is it so hard to miss
The self-serving secrets in a
Deceiving eye
The jowls fat with pleasures
Sucked out of a dry well of
Insufficient solitude

The crack of our egos whipped
Into the crippled backs of
Groundlings
Taking the stage with flat-footed
Fury

Saber wits cutting holes in worn
Fabrics, too weak to darn
The needing sock
How foul the odor from our
Reeking tongue
The hairy shirt we wear
Laced with maggots
Throws us back in a reap of penitence
To the Darkest Ages of our once

Subliminal past.


(Previously published in Gangway, No.30-31,2004)
 
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  72.     

Sequoia (haiku)

Giant Sequoia
Dinosaur's mighty trespass
Lives in ancient wood
 
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