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Wednesday, May 27, 2015


my neighbor and I forget
we're not speaking

First published at Tempslibres

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day II

Memorial Day
too cold for the beach
we head for the mall

This is an old one, but I decided to resurrect it in observance of the day. I've explained the meaning of Memorial Day in the previous post. Both of these ku are about remembering and forgetting, suitable themes, I believe, for Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day

Memorial Day
we try to remember
when the war began

Memorial Day, on which we Americans honor those who have fallen in battle, is observed on the fourth Monday of May.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


final decree . . .
not quite sure when
it began

Posted in a comment at Tinywords

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


bang bang
both of them were standing
their ground


A little background

For the non-masochists among you:

Although the presidential election will not take place until November 2016, the campaign has already begun. It will heat up in early 2016, as the primary elections (part of the process by which the parties selects their nominees) begin.

In the Republican Party (the challenger) there is an ever-growing field of possible candidates. The Party has a problem in that it has, just about unanimously, been in denial about climate change, probably the most important longterm issue that the next President will have to face. For a time the Party line was that climate change is all a hoax (great kidders, those scientists). Some, (poor Rick Santorum, for instance) are still stuck at that level. Others, realizing they were beginning to look too obviously absurd, moved on to: Climate change is real, but it's not caused by human activity (so don't expect us to do anything about it). As the intellectual emptiness of this Plan B has become increasingly evident, most have moved on to Plan C: Simply respond to all inquiries on the topic by saying "I am not a scientist." Okay, guys, but could you maybe learn a little science? Republicans aren't too sure about evolution, either, by the way.

Another theme, especially associated with Ben Carson, a distinguished brain surgeon who has never held public office, and Carly Fiorina, remembered as a business executive fired by Hewlett-Packard, is "I'm not a politician."

Hmmm. I'm not a brain surgeon, so give me a shot at your cerebellum?

A large field of candidates all running for President and all declaring that they are not remotely qualified  for the office. Only in America?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


For those among you masochistic enough to follow American presidential politics:

primary choice
not a scientist or
not a politician

Sunday, May 10, 2015


she tells me I missed
a beautiful sunrise
black no sugar

Shiki Monthly Kukai April 2015. Assigned theme: sleeping late

Monday, May 04, 2015


drifting from dream to dream hazy moon

Shiki Monthly Kukai, April 2015. Assigned topic "spring dreams" ("hazy moon" is a spring kigo)

Another possibility:

hazy moon drifting from dream to dream

Friday, May 01, 2015


cabbage white
what I'm willing
to settle for

Posted as a comment at Gillena's blog