Tuesday, June 23, 2015

e pluribus haiku 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Alabama

iced tea, mint, sugar
calhoun county’s best manners –
little extra sugar
(2-16)






gadsden barbeque –
no matter how hard times are,
y’all’re welcome for th’fourth
(2-16)







she’s back ‘n fairhope f’r th’fourth
a town that’s absorbed ‘n itself,
kind of refreshing
(10-16)









fishing th'tombigbee, 
his sultry prison 'f a town's
million miles away
(11-14)






kudzu chokes back road,

ominous warning posted -
go back to mobile 
(4-10)







clanton tourists' tale -

came hundreds 'f miles in this heat 
to pay our respects
(11-14) 






picnic near clanton
their honor, their lives, bound
t’ th’confederacy 
(2-16) 







clanton picnic tale –
he knows th’confed’rate gen’rals,
names his sons after’m
(6-16)







grew all th’mint herself –
vegetables all got withered
in th’hot ‘bama sun
(5-17)



shocked t’see th’yankee hat
on th’red clay bama backroads –
little out of place
(9-16)






midnight trucker’s voice,
they’re burning tires up ahead –
then, th’crickets ‘f fort payne
(6-16)







good manners steeping, 
iced tea, mint, lemon, sugar -
sweet heart of dixie 
(7-05)






nice fiddle ya got

come up blount mount'n, he says - got 
folks play all summer 
(8-05)







muscle shoals fiddler –
used t’ th’summers ‘n’ th’culture of th’place,
loves those dixie songs
(2-16)







trowbridge egg n' olive -
iced tea to cool the tongue, from 
florence gossip's sting
(4-10)





fairhope maiden's wish -

her own front porch, summer read,
someone to talk to
(4-10)







fairhope, she says, town
where folks notice ev’rything,
‘n’ summer still drags on
(1-16)






excited ‘bout th’tide,
eager t’take that hopped up truck
‘n’ parade th’red colors
(1-16)





 


old yankee hat on 
rider, old 'bama clay in 
truck, fall sky outside
(8-05)










her wood’s cut and stacked,
guy ‘n th’old truck, ‘bama clay,
drops off th’venison
(10-16)







'bama fans trashing 
auburn streets - college prank, 'cept
they aren't in college
(1-13)



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don’t care f’r th’college kids –
he’s fixin’ t’do some damage
when th’tide beats auburn
(4-17)











twenty near ranburne
rolling hills, autumn fog, dusk,
th’u.f.o. was real
(2-16)






confederate flag,
united we stand sticker- 
'bama football day
(8-05)








ranburne trucker’s tale –
th’saucer landed ‘n th’autumn fog,
right along twenty
(3-17)






behold, the first frost,
th’hanging bottles, th’morning sun –
two-lane t’montgom’ry 
(9-15)






bottles hang from th’trees –
first frost, two-lane t’montgom’ry,
walk past th’eerie light
(3-17)






dothan laundromat -

young boy, inconsolable
saw santa drinking
(1-13)






road forks in mobile -

cut north to face family,
or winter on gulf
(4-10)








coden temple gift,

from shrimper's wife to buddha - 
new year's storm hits gulf
(4-10)






coden shrimper’s boat –
hull ‘n’ ornament, all they found,
after th’new year’s storm
(2-16)





 


eastbound at grand bay,  
epiph'ny wind - unprepared,
for dawn's light'n her eyes
(4-10)






space heater, packed church - 

sand mountain snakes stay in box,
amens all around
(2-14)








b’lieve god speaks through th’snakes,
but th’sand mountain church burned down –
left th’space heater on

(3-17)
 







plain old city bus, 
a mid-winter way to work - 
selma's reflection
(4-10)






selma bus ‘n winter,
take it just for th’experience –
often late, she says
(1-17)







standing by th’trash can,
burning th’news t’keep warm, telling
why ‘t’s called ‘bombingham’
(2-16)








trash can fire, share th’heat
th’black folks ‘n th’city can tell you
th’hist’ry ‘f “bombingham
(3-17)







blount mountain music –
so good, he says, ya tend t’forget
y’ain’t worked all winter
(1-16)


 




ain't been this cold in 
gadsden, she says, since th'war of
northern aggression
(8-05)




 




not much to see here,
grim march rain's soaking florence,
blues in muscle shoals
(9-08)








dothan court, spring day,
she mutters about justice -
her son’s still locked up
(1-16)






gadsden magnolia,
flowers, strong ‘n’ fragrant – behind th’bush,
they’ve thrown some beer cans
(6-16)






inside th’van, th’guitar –
no money, th’grim ‘bama spring,
‘n’ now, ‘t’s raining again
(8-16)






rain, mobile exits,
on t’ward th’new orleans blood bank –
somewhere, it’s easter
(8-16)








from montgom'ry west,
spring dawn wakens th'countryside, 

ir'n rails sing f'r freedom 
(11-14) 










th’local lass jumps th’train –
west from montgomery, th’flow’rs,
th’valleys call to her
(12-16)







th’trees’re blooming ‘n dothan
outside th’courthouse, th’mother yells,
no justice f’r th’poor folks!
(3-17)





westbound, seminole,
green-eyed lass, bouquet ‘f flowers
he’s stopped in his tracks
(10-15)



 

lives on th’styx, th'flowers 
are all over th’place – he tries
t’imagine stopping
(10-15)






it’s honeysuckle

she says – he admits he’s not
from alabama
(10-15) 









flowers on th’river styx
surprised you’d notice, what with
all th’honeysuckle
(12-16)








rains pound birmingham, 
bright unmatched sock - another
laundromat easter 
(1-14) 




 
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june rains ‘n muscle shoals
th’river rises, th’hiker waits,
somewhere, there’s music
(4-17)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Alaska

camping near northway
wakes up t’find mouse using
th’hole in th’bug’s floorboards
(5-16)





delaney park strip,
th’fireworks – outside town, the bush,
th’purple swirling lights
(3-16)




huge feast, out in th’bush –
miles from th’d’laney park fireworks,
they share their whole world
(3-17)






in denali's lap,
a field of ripe blueberries -
th'old bear takes a breath
(7-05)







th’guy flips his kayak
quick bath ‘n th’clear blue alcan lake
which seems t’have no name
(1-17)






awkward, th’broken pack
from th’kenai, sparkle ‘f th’sea’s edge,
‘n’ money won’t buy much
(3-17)





short hike into th’bush
th’ev’ning sun sets ‘t tok junction
th’bear, too, has noticed
(1-17)






tok junction camper
haunted by th’impounded cars
back ‘t th’yukon border
(2-16)







through th’yukon border
th’image ‘f th’impounded cars ‘n’ trucks
sticks with’m all summer
(1-17)







purple lights swirling -
heavens' light show pins their backs
to th'northern tundra
(9-05)



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purple swirling lights –
not th’normal earth we lie on,
it’s arctic tundra
(4-17)





tokyo to new york,
her plane laid over 'n anch'rage -
that sun never set
(1-12)







tok junction campsite,
stuck at fork in road - okay
'til 'bout september
(9-05)








anchorage harbor -
sunset turns into sunrise
slowly, in silence
(8-05)









ninilchik harbor -
onion dome reaches for moon,
salmon boat docks full
(7-05)





road to ninilchik
in th’boat, watch th’long sunset, then,
haul in th’salmon nets
(4-16)



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salmon flop in th’boat –
onion-domed church ‘n ninilchik
welcomed all spirits
(6-17)










seasick and sleepless,
hauls th’kenai salmon in th’boat,
wonders where th’night went
(4-16)






near tok, ancient saab -
vermont tags, loaded down with
alcan gravel dust
(10-08)









loaded down old saab,
close t’ th’gravel – th’alcan dust
covers th’vermont tags
(10-16)





anch’rage, its bleakest –
th’cold august rains pound th’laundry,
he calls home collect
(6-16)










fairbanks mission soup,
still warm as days get shorter -
stay for the oil boom?
(12-11)







sitka cann’ry tale -
mind-numbing season ‘f fish heads,
money t’burn on drink
(9-15)









sitka canner’s tale
thousands of fish heads ‘n august,
but now th’money’s gone
(1-17)







th’first chill catches him –
alcan dust, vast wilderness,
he turns back t’whitehorse
(2-16)










down'n tok he'll decide,
hitch t'th'forty-eight for winter,
or cut back t'kenai
(12-11)









since th'night th'grateful dead
came t'anch'rage, endless darkness,
pale lights've been his stage
(10-14)









new year’s eve, and th’moose
crashes palmer man’s party –
quits drinking for good
(6-15)







wolf moon, bering sea -
from th'airplane, earth's ghostly face -
tea, while others sleep
(1-14)








d'nali train has t'stop -
man, dog, long trek t'their cabin
by dark 'n' snowed-in trail
(1-14)







man ‘n’ dog, th’whiteout storm,
hear th’railway – but only th’dog
is sure it will stop
(1-17)






frozen road’s smoother,
says th’bearded alcan trucker –
but you can’t break down
(10-16)







from th’cabin in th’bush
he watches the blizzard downtown
on th’fairbanks webcam
(1-16)



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wanted t’be alone –
cabin’s whited out, ‘n’ his eyes
‘re on th’fairbanks webcam
(6-17)







cold, rain, fog - juneau's
best valentine flowers, but
she misses texas
(1-13)







th’snow melt brings th’hunger,
‘n’ th’morning sun’s on denali
th’bear, too, likes th’berries
(1-17)





otherworldly robe,
feet on fresh-turned earth - kenai
sun on old b'liever
(12-11)










on th’hill ‘bove homer,
th’old believer tills his earth
eyes on th’western sky
(10-16)










sitka fishing boat
saved those deer from certain death -
frigid march waters
(12-11)





fairbanks library –
she tells about her dogs, ‘n’ why it’s
all about winning
(5-15)







changed her life th’first time
she saw them pull th’sled – on th’map,
traces th’iditarod
(5-15)







in willow, th’mushers,
off t’skwarentna and yentna –
th’blizzard clouds th’vision
(5-15)








skwarentna ‘n’ yentna,
th’worst ‘f all blizzards – lost two dogs,
but still finished th’race
(10-16)








single ptarmigan,
a stunted spruce, a spring cover -
freeze-dried blueberries
(12-11)







eight straight days of rain,
not a road out of the place -
juneau in april
(12-11)







'n tolkeetna cabin,
she's so far from home, but here's
'r field 'f forget-me-nots
(11-14)







field ‘f forget-me-nots
moved t’tolkeetna t’get away,
now he’s everywhere
(10-16)







sets out from fairbanks,
explores th’vast wilderness, loves
th’days that last f’rever
(12-15)



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purple swirling lights –
tok bear seems t’care more ‘bout th’smell 'f
morning blueberries
(6-17)






twin engine cessna –
clear day, blooming tundra, ‘bout
thousand caribou
(6-17)





dreamed 'v northern lights f'years,
one week they came up t'fairbanks,
'n'june rains settled in
(1-14)







near prince william sound,
week in an alpine meadow -
devil's clubs talk back
(12-11)








short growing season
anch’rage gard’ner tells ‘bout th’world’s
biggest dand’lions
(12-16)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Arizona

bed ‘f th’navajo truck –
some blankets ‘n’ tools, th’high mountains,
out ‘f th’phoenix summer
(6-16)






window rock on fourth -
this ain't ar'zona, he says,
but sure is th'u.s.
(4-10)






window rock patriot –
our fireworks are navajo time,
not arizona
(1-16)







too poor f’r firecrackers,
phoenix barrio kids shoot guns –
she sees ‘m in th’e r
(6-16)






baked out wash near why,
still asleep, th'cool hours 'f morning -
th'rattler disapproves
(12-14)







th’ancestral homeland –
douglas t’ten, ‘n th’night breeze, tells ‘bout
skeleton canyon
(1-17)






sky harbor pilot
scorns hazy summers, but loves
t'lift right up out 'f them
(11-14)




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sky harbor pilot –
angling t’ward vegas, sees th’house
down th’scorching valley
(6-17)






strip rancher curses
th’day th’saints sold out t’ th’government –
searing sun, blue sky
(12-15)






sixty six motel -
gideon's cool, but kingman's walks
egg-fry hot by nine
(5-10)







kingman motel tale –
sleeps t’noon t’avoid th’heat, he says,
sun melts th’beatles tape
(1-17)





somewhere outside why
desert summer stillness asks -
always traveling?
(11-05)







car breaks down 'n oracle,
kid's sure it's sign of god - hiker's
back on dusty road
(11-14)






like geronimo -
hides in apache cave, scorns
air conditioning
(7-05)






hundred twenty ‘n th’shade,
encanto village in june –
gallon ‘f water ‘n th’trunk
(6-17)






potholders ‘n th’console –
mesa lass parked ‘t th’water store,
can’t touch th’steering wheel
(6-17)






ajo road rattler –
lets you camp ‘n’th’old dry wash,
tells you when th’sun’s up
(10-16)








in th’superstitions,
th’blazing heat, th’water bottle
‘n’ th’workings ‘f his own mind
(10-16)









mex’can gold poppies
light up th’hillsides – tempe kid
decides t’go t’vegas
(10-16)








on ten through phoenix
th’trucker talks football t’stay awake –
last big town b’fore th’coast
(10-16)







oatman's wild burros
bob for apples - ghost tale of
some irish miner
(1-13)






decorated skulls -
bisbee schoolteacher explains
nat'ral confusion
(11-14)




decorated skulls
tucson schoolteacher’s learned how
t’explain t’ th’new parents
(2-17)










sedona tourist –
soul’s day ‘n th’vortex, doesn’t buy
th’stuff about healing
(6-17)






two vets, red poppies,
phoenix walmart parking lot -
a little conflict
(11-14)








philly - l.a. hitch,
jalapeno grits 'n' stuffing -
mesa hol'day grace
(11-13)







jalapeno grits –
th’mesa kids thank god d’rectly
‘t th’thanksgiving dinner
(2-17)



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mesa rebel’s tale –
even ‘t thanksgiving, he likes
th’jalapeno grits
(4-17)











half th’night t’get t’phoenix
guy buys th’breakfasts, pays th’tip, takes
candy canes from th’jar
(5-16)







balloon santa, propped
up on phoenix lawn, inches
from prickly cactus
(12-11)








like th’parking meters,
th’saguaros guard th’mountain pass
it’s christmas ‘n tucson
(10-16)









tucson saguaros,
twinkling stars greet the new year,
guard pass through mountains
(9-08)






his ears’re still ringing,
freak hailstorm, apache junction
new year with th’snow birds
(12-15)






apache junction
tells ‘bout th’freak hailstorm ‘n th’metal
‘bout th’time ‘f th’countdown
(1-17)






snow on strip pinon -
canyon's fresh blanket shelters
from mormon country
(2-10)




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used t’playing gospel –
got gigs all winter singing
‘t all th’snowbird churches
(4-17)







played th’clubs around flag,
she says, mitten on her tears –
she, too, does his songs
(5-15)





navajo blankets,
ride, from gap to snowed-in flag,
remain unfinished
(4-10)





tonopah exit -
even the desert winters
strike him as extreme
(11-14)







cactus garden brims
with exotic blossoms in
phoenix midday sun
(7-05)






saguaros stand guard -
joy of desert chicory,
escape from tucson
(4-10)






phoenix traffic - swath
of mexican gold poppies
don't mind the diesel
(4-10)






tucson beer garden –
she left him here ‘n th’blooming yuccas,
he still plays th’beeswing song
(5-15)






sunrise, from small tent
wide, pastel, ancient landscape -
easter, hermit's rest
(1-14)









th’organ pipe cactus
doesn’t mind th’solitude, blooms
entirely t’please th’sun
(10-16)







ajo lass – th’blooming
cycle ‘f th’organ pipe cactus
‘s one thing she knows well
(6-15)








sonoran peoples,
th’topic ‘f h’r books – tucson folkfest,
th’present attraction
(6-15)







sonora’s blooming,
‘n’ through th’tohono o’odham res,
her search f’r common ground
(6-15)






blooming sonoras,
th’allman brothers drum solo –
th’cup runneth over
(11-16)







slight may rain, th’red blooms
of th’ocotillo on ten
sudden change of mood
(5-15)





oc’tillos on ten -
soft red flowers ‘f th’sonora
could be th’love ‘f his life
(10-16)








serious saguaros’
flow’rs hold out in th’sonora heat –
and th’town’s called carefree
(5-15)