haiku by David G. Lanoue


dark world
a storm brewing
butterflies


Modern Haiku 22.3 (Fall 1991)

written 7 April 1991

his only toy a beer can
lone brown
puppy


Modern Haiku 23.1 (Winter-Spring 1992)

written 19 July 1991

silent night, holy night
three
at the bar


Modern Haiku 23.2 (Summer 1992)

written 16 November 1991

the fly that won't shoo
has a broken
wing


Dewdrop World (2013)

written 2 June 1991

Jack O'Lantern leers
they check
the candy


Modern Haiku 25.1 (Winter-Spring 1994)

written 12 October 1991

the coach is Dad
little league
is hard


Haiku Wars (2009)

written 11 June 1991

tabby cat on moon patrol
stepping
light


Modern Haiku 23.2 (Summer 1992)

written 15 October 1991

my ferret's memorial
musk-scented
pillow


Haiku Wars (2009)

written 30 November 1995

my furry friend
go ferret out
heaven


Modern Haiku 27.2 (Summer 1996)

written 13 October 1995

in the murder capital
one eye
on the moon


Modern Haiku 28.2 (Summer 1997)

written 8 October 1995

on a sign
pointing two ways
butterfly


A Sign Pointing Two Ways (Colombia: Rompesilencios, 2016)

written 9 August 1996

it's a cold world
goose egg
in the lake


Haiku Guy (2000)

written 26 October 1996

not a burden
moon on the bent
branches


Haiku Guy (2000)

written 18 March 1996

in soft rose light
they beat
a man


Haiku Wars (2009)

written 20 April 1996

the homeless dog
is home
to fleas


Haiku Guy (2000)

written 10 November 1996

the old priest dines
his wine
just wine


Modern Haiku 30.1 (Winter-Spring 1999)

written 31 August 1998

the woman in the
window seat
closes the clouds


Jointure 75 (Summer 2003)

written 21 December 1999

the cold front reaches
the Deep South
nipple by nipple



A Sign Pointing Two Ways (Colombia: Rompesilencios, 2016)

written 9 October 2000

a "Lost Dog" sign
nailed deep
into the oak


Frogpond 27.2 (2004)

written 17 July 2000

this body of mine
part temple
part tavern


Dewdrop World (2013)

written 3 September 2000

foggy campus
the student I failed
walks away


Laughing Buddha (2004)

written 22 February 2001

she's naked in the hallway
I put on
my glasses


Frogpond 31.1 (Winter 2008)

written 4 November 2001

we make love
to the laugh track
motel TV


Bottle Rockets 20 (2009)

written 13 August 2001

one star
over the airport
another Beatle has died


Frogpond 31.1 (winter 2008)

written 30 November 2001

pizza parlor
after the murders
help wanted


Cordite Poetry Review 29.1 (2009)

written 15 September 2002

four little boys in the fountain
two of them
real


Haiku Page 1.2 (Fall 2008)

written 4 August 2002

sculpture garden
Hercules' penis
wins


Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, A Film by Tazuo Yamaguchi (2008)

written 2 June 2002

mirrors, mirrors
drinking
with my bald spot


Laughing Buddha (2004)

written 18 August 2003

cloudy valley
the dog barks
at himself


Bottle Rockets 7 (2005)

written 7 June 2004

after their war
in the sand
swinging on swings


A Sign Pointing Two Ways (Colombia: Rompesilencios, 2016)

written 7 June 2004

sign on the Riverwalk
telescope
"for distant viewing"


Haiku Wars (2009)

written 18 January 2004

blind man in the strip club
she holds
his hand


Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, A Film by Tazuo Yamaguchi (2008)

written 4 August 2004

the stroke victim
moans along
"Silent Night"


Haiku Svyat 1 (2013)

written 14 December 2005

flooded office
little white boats
of poetry


Haiku Svyat 2 (2014)

written 18 April 2005

looking up
from Bulgarian Made Easy
Cyrillic clouds


Frog Poet (2012)

written 15 July 2005

someone else
couldn't sleep, the warm
toilet seat


Haiku: The Art of the Short Poem, A Film by Tazuo Yamaguchi (2008)

written 4 November 2005

my evil plan is working!
a fly
rubbing hands


A Sign Pointing Two Ways (Colombia: Rompesilencios, 2016)

written 7 June 2006

hammering
the sunset down
roofer


Bottle Rockets19 (2008)

written 10 February 2006

new to the beach
her jellyfish
is a condom


Haiku Wars (2009)"

written 15 July 2006

galaxies collide
in 400 billion years
get ready


Haiku Wars (2009)

written 23 May 2006

busy mind
two indigo butterflies
at the edge


Modern Haiku 38.1 (Winter-Spring 2007)

written 16 March 2006

after the hurricane
the shady avenue
isn't


Bottle Rockets 15 (2006)

written 7 January 2006

exit poll
a brown dog
sniffing


Modern Haiku 38:1 (Winter-Spring 2007)

written 22 April 2006

after his lecture
on Buddhism
red-light Shinjuku


Bottle Rockets 20 (2009)

written 14 October 2007

somewhere in the snowy pines
a crow
going crazy


A Sign Pointing Two Ways (Colombia: Rompesilencios, 2016)

written 21 February 2007

the history of the morning
stamped
in snow


Haiku Wars (2009)"

written 21 February 2007

a museum of chairs
and nowhere
to sit


Frogpond 32.3 (2009)

written 22 February 2007

she adjusts her g-string
to hide
the scar


Haiku Wars (2009)"

written 6 May 2007

enjoying
the primate exhibit
two elephants


Mayfly 46 (Winter 2008)

written 6 October 2007

balcony view
the blonde's black
secret


Modern Haiku 39.3 (Autumn 2008)

written 22 August 2007

lonely with his cloud
saint
on a spire


Modern Haiku 39.3 (Autumn 2008)

written 17 June 2007

yoga class over
a collective "Om!"
of relief


Senryu Therapy: American-Romanian Anthology (2012)

written 17 March 2008

Halloween night
the Goth kids
are Goth kids


A Sign Pointing Two Ways (Colombia: Rompesilencios, 2016)

written 31 October 2008

another place
I've sinned
boarded-up hotel


Frogpond 36.2 (2013)

written 21 July 2008

one of them
brings home a flower
ants


Haiku Wars (2009)

written 24 August 2008

atop his column
the Southern general
dark against the stars


Frogpond 36.3 (2013)

written 14 July 2008

surprises in the bedroom
she read
a magazine


A Sign Pointing Two Ways (Colombia: Rompesilencios, 2016)

written 20 July 2008

food poisoned in France
a night
of drizzles


Cordite Poetry Review 29.1 (2009)

written 17 December 2008

crying tears
of pigeon shit
the bronze king


Cordite Poetry Review 29.1 (2009)

written 19 December 2008

Dante's first day
in hell
"This ain't right!"


A Sign Pointing Two Ways (Colombia: Rompesilencios, 2016)

written 2 November 2009

waiting for a lady
all that comes
is rain


Bottle Rockets 22 (2010)

written 26 July 2009

raiding the monkey's food
freeborn
rats


Modern Haiku 41.2 (Summer 2010)

written 20 December 2009

water striders stride
her mother's sinking
ashes


A Sign Pointing Two Ways (Colombia: Rompesilencios, 2016)

written 3 January 2010

under the red army
monument
free love


Senryu Therapy: American-Romanian Anthology (2012)

written 29 May 2010

I drive her
to her abortion, a ladybug
on the windshield


Modern Haiku 42.2 (Summer 2011)

written 15 July 2010

when he reaches the square
the beggar
becomes lame


Senryu Therapy: American-Romanian Anthology (2012)

written 30 May 2010

on the shovel he used
to bury haiku
a slug


Frog Poet (2012)

written 21 January 2010

a cat meows for love
I drink my way
to the olive


Bottle Rockets 24 (2011)

written 30 May 2010

old pond
popcorn falls into
the quacks


Bottle Rockets 24 (2011)

written 30 May 2010

she bends low for a coin
streetcar
named desire


South Wind: A Haiku Anthology (2018)

written 27 June 2011

first date
ceiling fans stirring
our thoughts


Modern Haiku 43.2 (Summer 2012)

written 18 December 2011

tents at Valley Forge
tents
on Wall Street


Bottle Rockets 27 (2012)

written 6 November 2011

after the perky majorettes
stone-faced boys
with trumpets


Bottle Rockets 27 (2012)

written 27 February 2011

the dentist drills
into bone
cicadas


Modern Haiku 47.2 (Summer 2016)

written 13 August 2011

everyone's a liar
I toss my scoop
of dirt


Modern Haiku 47.3 (Fall 2016)

written 23 May 2012

a mouse in the airport
I tell
no one


Haiku Svyat 2 (2014)

written 18 December 2012

a snowball
in space hurtles past
new pope


Modern Haiku 44:3 (Fall 2013)

written 16 March 2013

naughty altar boys
guzzle
the blood


Frogpond 39.2 (Spring/Summer 2016)

written 8 March 2013

spring dawn
I put on
my gender


Modern Haiku 44:3 (Fall 2013)

written 30 March 2013

painted rock canyon
we fill our pockets
with ghosts


Kado 2.1 (March-April 2013)

written 3 January 2013

the bush of Moses
burned
mine is chirping


Bottle Rockets 30 (2014)

written 21 October 2013

she drinks
the blood of men, she says
I buy her a Coke


Bottle Rockets 30 (2014)

written 15 June 2013

her golden retriever
licks
the rapist


The Heron's Nest 16.1 (March 2014)

written 17 August 2013

his leash
in his mouth
the dog walks himself


Haiku Svyat 2 (2014)

written 26 June 2013

longest day
deleting the dead
from my phone


Bottle Rockets 30 (2014)

written 22 June 2013

still twitching
as the screen goes dark
my broken gnat


Toshio Kimura, Ed., The Sleepless Planet (Modern Haiku Association 2018)

written 18 August 2014

cold DC morning
she jogs past facades
of democracy


Bottle Rockets 33 (2015)

written 6 December 2014

joining the orgy
on the computer screen
a moth


Bottle Rockets 33 (2015)

written 6 December 2014

his mother in the hospital
I'll pray for her
I lie


Bottle Rockets 34 (2016)

written 10 April 2014

rough seas
reading Moby Dick
in the bathtub


A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America Member's Anthology 2015

written 20 July 2014

Kerouac House
the sound of one hand
typing


Bottle Rockets 33 (2015)

written 16 March 2015

spring wind
the blind girl's hair
covers her face


Modern Haiku 46.3 (Autumn 2015)

written 19 May 2015

Lord Mayor
of the roses
a street dog


Free Hugs to Strangers: Haiku Anthology (Sofia: Sofia City Library, 2016)

written 11 June 2016

her teeth stained red
with wine
election night


Catalyst 14 (2017)

written 25 November 2016

crippled roach
a child's shriek
ends you


Ein Gefühl von Neugierde: 101 Haiku (Norderstedt: BoD, 2018)

written 30 March 2016

pink rollerblades
why can't I
be fearless?


Ein Gefühl von Neugierde: 101 Haiku (Norderstedt: BoD, 2018)

written 2 July 2017

American eclipse
the sun's long black
shadow


Ein Gefühl von Neugierde: 101 Haiku (Norderstedt: BoD, 2018)

written 22 August 2017

Buddha's birthday
nerve-gassed babies
in a row


Catalyst 14 (2017)

written 8 April 2017

matador down
they don't give the bull
his ear


Ein Gefühl von Neugierde: 101 Haiku (Norderstedt: BoD, 2018)

written 20 June 2017

sunset posts
gull, gull, gull, gull
pelican


Ein Gefühl von Neugierde: 101 Haiku (Norderstedt: BoD, 2018)

written 3 November 2018

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