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HAIKU CORNER – Issue 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Don’t imitate me

never simulate half an orange

cut in two

 

Even the street lights

seem farther apart –

a rainy May day

 

The waxing May moon

sails amid the clouds – how soon

from new to full

 

Afternoon well spent –

watching cherry and plum

blossoms drift in air

 

The journey from home

to dojo, one hour by train,

begins with one step

 

Spring sprouts clichés –

haikuists must dig

deeper furrows

 

Finally leaving Sag Harbor,

I smell the rotting mussels

dropped on the road by gulls

 
 

George Held has published more than 150 haiku, several of which have won prizes. His chapbook, Dog Hill Poems, his twentieth poetry collection, is forthcoming in 2017.
A retired Queens College professor, Held was a Fulbright lecturer in Czechoslovakia for three years and now serves on the executive board of The South Fork Natural History Museum, in Bridgehampton. His poems, stories, translations, and book reviews have appeared widely, in such places as Commonweal, Confrontation, New York Quarterly, 5AM and The Notre Dame Review. Garrison Keillor read one of Helds’s poems on NPR. An eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Held has had poems included in over three dozen anthologies. His twentieth collection of poems is Neighbors: The Water Critters (Filsinger & Co., 2015). geoheld7@gmail.com

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