Senryu #14 (Edit)before charred clarinetsconductor cuescacophony
wishing wellcoin clanksdehydrated wellwish wasted
Senryu #13dormant embersrekindlea rooster crows
Magnetic BeastsHe found his way inside,gnawed on my mind and crawled my buttons.A worm, tunneling through my brain,leaving tiny tracks everywherefor faster travel to millions of wires.He drank my spinal fluid,slurped it in with a greedy grinuntil one day he'd finally had his fill:left my back bone bentlike a Dandelion in July.He spilled his gallthrough his mouth into mine;impregnated me with stalagmite tripletsthat slowly pierced me from insideand left deep circular holes.The three circles grew into scars,blended with the marks I grewfrom past failures at recognizingthe beasts hidingbehind drawn magnetic curtains.
Haiku #5pink headpeeks outhalf-eaten apple
KinesicsI notice how you struggle to fire up any oneof your many worn out lighters,flicking them rapidly when you're angryand only this release can tame you.I've learned what they mean:the small tics around your dimpleswhich appear as you smile,while you tell me one of your cellophane lies.I see the tremble on your dry lips,twitches in the corners of your avoiding eyes,when you halfheartedly bury your sadnessunder cliches, or strained smooth-talking.I watch you twirl across the floor,the motion lifting your skirtjust above your hipsand you float serenely towards me,soothing my mind with your emerald eyes:radiating affirmation of our silent unity.
Senryu #12canine howlsat camp night's endred trails exposed
VioletWhitest Violet -noble and devout.Her virtuewilted;a midsummer's drought.
Will I also returnI was young as spring,and held to autumn's windlike pomegranates in the highest branches, before crows hollowed them autumn flurries returnwith the scent of fallen fruit,dying leavescrushed underfoot, shelter for next spring
Maple PhoenixesPhoenix spreads brittle wingslike dry skin across maple trees--a mosaic of red leaves.
Crispyautumn afternooneach step down the lane shattersheralds of a change
AutumnA warm bathe of sunlightfrost coated air hangs heavy.Welcome to Autumn.
little green lizardsswift little lizardsdisplay on bushes and wallsthey're looking at melayers of little lizardsas far as the eye can see
Bigearswebbed wings aflutterfurry flyer zips, zigs, zagscatching bugs and vibes
Cherry Strawberries No bigger than apebble. Wild strawberry gemsharboring rabbits‘neath the boughs of the blue spruce at the bend in Cherry Street. © L. L. Kelly 2014
ElixirElixir, by David NicholasThe gift of waterA clear, scentless refreshmentOf peerless repute.Let me count the waysOf how this magic liquidIs vital for life…Revives your vigorRelieves crippling fatigueTo focus on task.Suppresses hungerBoosts metabolic levelsBoom, easy weight lossFlushes your toxinsImproves your skin complexionKeeps you regularImmune system’s friendA migraine’s worst enemyAnd kills cramps & sprainsLifts your mood to heightsHigher than Everest’s peakAnd it’s cheap to boot!And yet we’re guiltyOf shunning this elixirFor delish death drinks…
One Bright FeatherLast upon the old stone ledgeLights the autumn leaf –One bright featherFrom phoenix wings.
Haiku #3golden feathersnesting eggsfox on the prowl