Saturday, December 31, 2005

I: 034

three minutes 'til
the New Year -- positioning
........................................ myself to kiss her

Friday, December 30, 2005

I: 033

December 30 --
two senryu short
this year

unless you count this one:

it's not just for
fruitcakes anymore

Thursday, December 29, 2005

I: 032 [the re-gifted poet]

romance or revenge?
no gift card
with the dark chocolates

unwrapping a book --
the tiny coffee stain
I made last year

toasting the hostess -
hoping she's a widow

bonus from Issa,
translated by David G. Lanoue:

making the rounds
as a New Year's gift...
paper fan


New Year's gift of tea--
where did you go
on your jouney back to me?

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

I: 031

not yet new year's eve
the drug store pushes
valentine candy

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

I: 030

deflated santa
on the neighbor's roof -
her first smile since Christmas

Monday, December 26, 2005

I: 029

christmas nightcap --
mom and the kids clink glasses
of liquid fiber

alongside her bed
a cookie plate
and Santa's black boots

Sunday, December 25, 2005

I: 028 [christmas 2005]

tsunami ?
our children awash in gifts

six wrinkled faces
around the Christmas feast -

Friday, December 23, 2005

I: 027 [right-e-ous anger]

furious -
that godless salesgirl
said "Happy Holidays!"

[for Steve Bainbridge]

Thursday, December 22, 2005

I: 026

middle finger
.................... papercut . . .

middle finger

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I: 025 first day of winter

winter solstice
adolescent wiccans
flunk their spelling test


a candle
in every window --
strangers light our path

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I: 024


who stole
Scarecrow's hat?
big smile on the Snowman

Monday, December 19, 2005

I: 023

it's coming back
clouds hide the solstice sun

newly-vacant house
the scarecrow
has no clothes

Sunday, December 18, 2005

I: 022

single at Christmas
not enough to-do
to do

Saturday, December 17, 2005

I: 021

3 P.M.
mom's shoveling wakes
the cranky collegian

for related poems see
they're baaack! bittersweet collegian homecomings

Friday, December 16, 2005

I: 020

wintry mix
Professor SUV
must have flunked physics

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I: 019


which necklace
to buy her?
the salesgirl's clavicles


one more load
of laundry --
feeling mom's migraine

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I: 018

december 14
ms. perfect has Christmas
wrapped and shipped

december 14 --
he's surfing the web
for last-minute deals

a few from last year:

married a decade
she hides
the mistletoe

married a decade
he can't find
the mistletoe

wrapping and packing --
she pastes on
a Holiday smile

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I: 017

my childhood
barber shop
only the mirror is changed

- click for bad hair day senryu -

Monday, December 12, 2005

I: 016

thin ice on the river
two fat kids
stow away their skates

Sunday, December 11, 2005

I: 015

sunday snowmelt
her hairdryer curls
the comics section

Saturday, December 10, 2005

0: 014

it wasn't
wine or women --
chocolate cake hangover

Friday, December 09, 2005

I: 013 [another birthday]

a day-long sequence:

just me
and leftover birthday cake -
just me

[11:50 P.M.]

56 years old
no discount for the
Senryu Citizen

"you look much younger
than your twin" - a welcome
bit of birthday snow

solo practitioner --
birthday thoughts on
love and law

career choices
the pensions
that could have been

Thursday, December 08, 2005

I: 012

contempt of court
the lawyer hopes Her Honor
can't read his mind

p.s. see today's f/k/a

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I: 011

leaving the Chinese buffet
a tight band around
head and waist

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I: 010

this is how
Elvis died --
mental note: eat more fiber

Monday, December 05, 2005

I: 009

revised edition:
warming my feet
on my own legs --
the bed's half empty

Sunday, December 04, 2005

1: 008

no facts --
the talking head says
"at the end of the day . . ."

- for my related commentary see let's put an end to "at the end of the day"

no polls to quote:
the pol invokes
"the American people"

Saturday, December 03, 2005

I: 007 [on the road]

scowling tailgater --
the urge
to slam on the brakes

Saturday sunrise:
the early alarm

Friday, December 02, 2005

I: 006

three inches of snow -
Safeway's out of milk and bread

bitter cold
before the solstice --
the weather man acts surprised

Thursday, December 01, 2005

I: 005

between holidays -
tripping over
an almost-empty suitcase

[inspired by Dustin]