Wednesday, December 31, 2008

week 52 (!): garden state parkway, christmas

false ceiling hangs red
and pink, lights flash to stop me:
is this earth or mars?

Friday, December 26, 2008

week 51: ahhhhhhhhhh!

work is done, for now.
a pillowy couch calls me,
"it's time, now, to read"

Friday, December 19, 2008

froggy haiku ekphrasis!

My co-worker, Melissa, made this beautiful collage (fabric, paints, drawing...the works!) based on a haiku I wrote about the froggies living behind the Alumni House last summer. How cool is that? It's a little hard to read because of the flash (I'm a terrible photographer), so here's a link to the original haiku.

Weeks 49 & 50: Buzz! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Buzz!

up! then down. then up!

in a fit, drinking stolen

minutes: coffee high

will keep me awake

through five xmas parties, but

just barely. burnt out.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

weeks 47 & 48: sexy fireman with a boy band face

they can grease their hair
but they cannot gel it, no
shaping products, no

carefully maintained
face hair, firemen should not
be fancy, they said

Saturday, November 22, 2008

week 46: the moon from 295, 2:47 a.m.

slicing through the trees,
hide and seek, as if on wheels
following us home

Thursday, November 13, 2008

week 45: fall

dried and given up:
i fall, withered, to the ground,
ready for springtime

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

week 44: redwhiteblue

baracking the vote
stuffing our faces with subs
lit up by laptops

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


paint on wet concrete,
feathered like water creeping
through a towel's creases

Monday, October 27, 2008

weeks 42 & 43: oops, i did it again

even though i had
the answer to the biggest
question, i still failed

to post my haikus.
forty-two: how exciting!
and now it's gone. whoops.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

week 41: poconos

crackling fire
plaid and Jesus on each wall
small pleasures, good times

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

week 40: lentil soup

tap tap tap, kapow!
boiling seeds sink, then rise up,
squeeze air from water

Monday, October 6, 2008

Week 39: seeds

dots in white packets
guarding silent secrets, still
until i say so

Sunday, September 28, 2008

week 38: the firestarter

curly blonde ringlets
she'll burn it all down, baby
commands it: back off

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

haiku kitty's response to week 37:

"Take my cookies and
take my drink - but have pity
leave me the cat's food "

" Listen to this fool!
Crazy old man! But why not?
Catch! Here's your cat food!

" I see you've brought food
and none too soon -- for tonight
I would have killed you "

special thanks to haiku kitty :)

week 37: in response to the police blotter account of teens vs. man with cookies, drink and cat food

we needed some "food"
so we got a "gun," for fun,
stole not all, but some

they took my cookies!
they took my drink! what am i
to eat: my cat's food?

meow, crunch, crunch, crunch
i was hungry, now i'm not
crunch, crunch, crunch, meow

Friday, September 12, 2008

week 36: begone from my brain elvis c!

echoing refrain
ev'ry day i write the book
it's too damn catchy

Sunday, September 7, 2008

bureau burning, 1992

embers glowed, windows
of a sideways building, razed
for our amusement

Friday, September 5, 2008

week 35: this makes it significantly more difficult to type

i wove my fingers
basket-like, some warp, some weft:

Thursday, August 28, 2008

frankenstein toe at the crab feast

smashed toe on pavement,
bloodied birkenstocks, paper towels,
crabs still tasted good

Monday, August 25, 2008

week 34: onion scars

ear-shaped lobes, left side,
fingers like two knobbed carrots,
sliced with juicy haste

Saturday, August 23, 2008

week 33: yummmmmm

i heart miss shirley's:
eggs and scrapple neatly piled
with a side of cool

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Weeks 31 & 32: Laziness meets Beyond Re-Animator!

ghoul without a mouth
tries to drink a glass of milk

we laugh on the couch
(which we do not plan to leave)
pizza and "horror"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

week 30: the tadpoles didn't die after all!!!!!

tiny, tan, hopping
centimeters from the drain:
careful, my sweethearts

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Week 29: dave is gone

who will break things now?
who will fill the far corner,
dreaming big ideas?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

week 28: it's hot

my toes are sweating.
they dig into the sand, like
worms beneath the heat.

Monday, July 7, 2008

week 27: cheek chomp

summer peach, fresh, a
bit(e) too enthusiastic:
pulpy, fleshy mess

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

things i do to make myself feel better

play some E.L.O.,
wear my ladybug ring, and
laugh at the phonies

Monday, June 30, 2008

trouble trying to be level-headed

the world is crooked,
tipped one day half empty, the
next full of promise

Sunday, June 29, 2008

week 26: woke up, made a haiku

My boy still sleeps, his
eyelids trembling with dreams
too fleeting to share

Friday, June 20, 2008

Week 25: really, really exciting lists

login requests - check.
start working on donor roll.
home page updates - check.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Week 24: it's magic!

i made my pencil
beautiful beyond belief
with stickers and tape

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Week 23: poppies! poppies will make you sleep, sleeeeep...

which wide-brimmed witch would
fill my thoughts with poppies and
their crimson poison?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Weeks 21 & 22: because i'm a bad girl

i'm late! (and not in
the shotgun wedding sense.) i'm
pregnant with haiku

twins, in fact: born of
vacation carelessness and
laziness of brain

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Week 20: why can't you bleeping use your bleeping blinker, buddy?

you make me soooooo mad.
how many syllables is:
%#%&! *^*&@%!&??

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Week 19: weak nineteen

if vessels were made
for this, then i am that, full
of air and no more

Monday, April 28, 2008

Week 18: tadpoles!

wee commas racing,
darting between rocks, tricking
fish with silver backs

Week 17: whoops, i missed week 17!

where did the time go?
was i chasing tadpoles or
simply in a daze?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

suicide at a funeral, kirkuk

forty-two people
laid down by a trip-wire vest
and an empty heart

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Week 16: brain, brain, go away

mystery scent, a
synapse snaps to attention:
i'm a little girl

Thursday, April 10, 2008

sounds of spring outside my door

chirrrrrr-krrrrrp chirrrrrr-krrrrp krrrrp
bubble-throated frog sunning,
singing to a friend

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Week 15: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, sweet relief!

i can think again
the knocks have stopped knocking, the
voices stopped voicing

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Week 14: in appreciation of one of my favorite rock poets

like a martyr, words tender
and excitable

Sunday, March 30, 2008

ompletely-cay uent-flay

ay-may accent-ay
eeks-ray of-ay orcine-pay

Week 13: Unlucky, Lucky

for what it's worth, a
daffodil bloomed this morning
between concrete cracks

Saturday, March 22, 2008

two farm-kus from my mamacita

Black, white, yellow mixed
Offset by green
Cat in daffodils.

Sled down a white hill
Cheeks red with cold

Friday, March 21, 2008

a blustery tune

between metal rails
a hundred music spirits
puff their cheeks and blow

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Week 12: Go DAWGS!!! Beat those Hoyas!!!!!

because success = soooooo much more work:

greg (heart)s basketball
even when all the balls are
in the air at once

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Week 11: looking down upon the pogues concert from a stairway above

heads dyed green and pink
pulsing bodies surf the crowd
'tween pints of Guinness

Saturday, March 8, 2008

a contribution by my little sister, cakey, on an unsavory discovery in her back yard

true story

i found a taco
just a shell in the bushes
lost my appetite

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Week 10: a suitably cheesy ode to my boy on our 8th wedding anniversary

march fourth into love,
two hearts on the dance floor say:
"you light up my room"

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

So much to do, I can barely blog-ku!

papers to my nose
precariously perched and
waiting to crush me

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Week 9: My web is taking a snooze today

this magical tube
has tied itself up in knots
fast fast!!!!! is now sloooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

future mbas taking up space/polluting the grammar of the world in the student center

the dudes are all here
they will become businessmen
they will own us all

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Week 8: it's official: my brain is permanently fried

the wrods come out worng
i can barely count to seventeen
see? that was nineteen

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Week 7: Maryland Counts...Sorta

i voted today
and i count (!) but for those damned
"super" delegates

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Week 6: Pictures of Lily

behold babe, beheld
by arms stronger than strength, eyes
soft with instant love

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Week 5: Rest in Peace: Gregg, 1/26/08

memory: laughing
boy with paper donkey's head,
midsummer night's dream

Friday, January 25, 2008

Week 4

i can't count
it's really week four, people
send me back to skool

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Snowy Day: Why we should be allowed to leave work at once, I say!

ice is nice in tea
but slush and snow underfoot
make me crash my car

Monday, January 14, 2008

Week 2

on tackling multiple piles of administrative paperwork that must be finished in order to teach at ub

egg versus chicken
versus egg trapped in a maze
of fill-in-the-blank

Thursday, January 10, 2008

for two birthday girls

a special birthday haiku from pat benetar to my pal, megan

from pat to megan:
birthdays are a battlefield
but 30 rocks on

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Week 1

i (heart) haiku

what economy!
all worldly beauty reduced
to seventeen beats

2008 Haiku Challenge!

This is the year, folks!
One haiku a week, even
if I'm sick of it!