failed haiku – volume 3, issue 36


Delighted to have a senryu, 3 haibun, and one experimental haibun using cherita as the prose in the latest issue of Failed Haiku


still better
in my memory
first kiss



As Is

It’s been months since I’ve been alone. Truly alone. Lying on the hotel bed I want nothing more than to soak in my music and let thoughts that have been caged up for years come and lie with me.

remembering my ex




After several months of communicating only in French, the mother turned to me and in perfect English says, “could you watch the children so we can go Christmas shopping?”  I couldn’t have loved her more.

wheels down
all the streets



Three Years Later

i watch you, watching me

past journals



way of the river


in a drawl like the sun


she tells us where
to get the best crawfish


we don’t have
the heart to tell her
we’re vegetarians


unshaved legs
the furtive glance
of my grandmother



motherly advice
she asks
if I’ve tried quaaludes


new boyfriend
I move down a number
on her speed dial


wedding day
my mother’s dress
more low-cut than mine


another sex talk
too weak
to slit my wrists


new porsche
her vanity plate


I learn the ways
I’ve failed


even her death
my fault


Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senyru – Issue 24

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