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Haiku, etc.


Michael Neal Morris

Copyright 2018 by Michael Neal Morris

Smashwords Edition

ISBN: 9780463035641

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Table of Contents


before me the black road curves: haiku, senryu, and tanka

crossings: three renga

outline of distant trees: pictureless eyeku


Other books of poetry by Michael Neal Morris

About the author


The less a writer, particularly a poet, says about their work, the better the material, I have found. Concerning haiku, a form where less is expected to be more, this general rule is all the more accurate.


I must thank my wife, Tonya, to whom this book is dedicated. She encouraged me to develop the habit of walking, which led to learning to observe the world as one must do to write even passable verse. She has also given me to space to wrestle with words and images and ideas. No writer has been so blessed.

before me the black road curves

haiku, senryu, and tanka

three brown-black horses

bent to the hot morning grass

rumps turned toward the road

a praying mantis

watches me water the plant

from the top most leaf

purple backed leaves

curling from the treated wall

protecting the green

a lone sunflower

rising between the on ramp

and the service road

the receding clouds

over the graying lake

and humming bridge

my ghost pepper plant

drinking june rain this morning

as I leave for work

hawk shadow crosses

railroad avenue

before i leave shade

ragged vulture

watching the blurry east

atop a brown pole

goose in stumbling flight

veers lost toward the parking lot

driven by high winds

before me the black road curves

over the earth’s ravaged face

once verdant deep leaf

now dry cracked and pale brown

trapped inside my car

a nervous jay tests

the coloring branch outside

my leaf stained front door

yellow yarrow leaps

up toward cool sun-glazed rainfall

above thick curved grass

great white egret leaps

from the blue green grass

in a dank culvert

spreading fingertips

i watch a hungry hawk glide

over snaky roads

i am just a bird old man

flying over your drunk ass

dodging wires

a sleek crow jettisons

the broken pavement

following me west

a blanched yellow sun listened

to my dull brooding

outside bent barbed wire

chewing wild rain-glazed grass

brown dusted white cow

five full pidgins

in awkward rare formation

over bluebonnets

whistling clicking crows

flit among greening branches

anticipating rain

against way wind clouds

hawk glides in front of the sun

a mouse eating kite

two winds tangle hair

i will not shake my head to free

icy eyes on feet

red cardinal whistles

perched near the green nesting branch

blood dark lady flies

leathery neck stretched

an old turtle sunned himself

until i stepped close

with almost a backward glance

it leapt off his fallen tree

sprawling yellow house

languid mottled cows chewing

in the wide side field

only the fat black crows

can afford to screech in trees

unafraid of death

my forehead sweating

i crossed the lake and coveting

one white sailboat

white pear tree blossoms

spring in front of the morning

blinding the old hawk

crimson white-tipped hawk

arced through my periphery

onto a wet field

a squirrel leaping

from a dark brown angled branch

to telephone wire

another runs close behind

sunlight slides towards other beasts

several dozen ducks

formed a placid brown island

in the rainy lake

whitecaps swimming east

assail hovering gray gulls

searching for struck fish

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