Archive for April, 2019

Senryu/Haiku Septet, RIP Chris Kusske

April 30, 2019

“Chris had the action – Chris had the motion Yeah the – boy could plant the trees”

“we all have to die – and get planted in the great – garden in the sky”

“to commemorate – a loved one plant a tree not – a granite headstone”

“on the village lawn – we silently sang and danced – a chilly pavane”

“in the marina’s – shadow we shed tears for a – too early sailing”

“do everything you – can to keep your grim reaper’s – scythe on his shoulder”

Senryu, Recent Train Catches

April 30, 2019

“MTA Metro North – heading back to the Apple; – midwest UP freights”




Senryu/Haiku Duet, Nightmareliner

April 24, 2019

“That Dreamliner – you are flying might have parts – from the defective bin”

“Boeing tolerates – shoddy workmanship – on its Dreamliners”

“Corporations own – America’s government – and its regulators”

Phil Ochs

April 24, 2019

Phil Ochs, the other great sixties Jewish folksinger, brings Jesus back to life

“Jesus did not die – so the one percent – could get richer”

“Jesus would be supporting – Medicare for All – and the Green New Deal”

Senryu/Haiku Trilogy, Our Unprotected Lady

April 22, 2019

“Why were Notre Dame’s – fire safety systems – so badly designed?”

“The French smoke like chimneys – did a worker – toss a cigarette?”

“Other cathedrals – got firewalls and sprinklers – why not Notre Dame?”

A Senryu For All

April 19, 2019

Happy Passover
Happy Easter and Happy
Unholy Mess for Trump

Senryu/Haiku Trilogy, Karma

April 19, 2019

“Mother nature’s court – administers – harsh justice”

“Rhino poacher – trampled by elephant – eaten by lions”

“Karma catches up – with evil doers – watch out Trump”

Senryu Duet, RIP Bill Stowe

April 16, 2019

“Thanks for your courage – in taking on Big Ag and – their government hacks”

“Leaders like Bill Stowe – stand between Big Ag and a – clean environment”

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2019/03/20/bill-stowe-started-honest-conversation-our-state-water-lawsuit-environment-pollution-art-cullen/3225416002/

Senryu/Haiku Quintet, RIP Thea Hunter

April 14, 2019

“Academia’s – caste system; adjuncts are the – untouchables”

“Adjuncts have no health – insurance, low pay, too much – work and no respect”

“In the sixties – most faculty were tenured – now most are adjunct”

“Soar like a tenure track – or flap and dive – like an adjunct”

“She was black, on tenure track – white people kept asking – if she was the janitor”

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/04/adjunct-professors-higher-education-thea-hunter/586168/

Some Haiku

April 13, 2019

tree branches
go go dance
to the bomb cyclone

savannah oaks
fire survivors
stately stalwart strong

before foliage
blue sky behind trees
mirrors on the pond

woodpeckers mimic
bamboo fighting sticks
insect kendo