INTERVAL FOUR: Short Forms

 A rat full face

Damian Balassone: Year of the Rat 2020

Ain't it strange that the Year of the Rat
was upstaged by the feats of a bat.

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Peter Johnson: Digital Diagnosis

The President does love to air his
opinions on everything there is.
He has something to say
in tweets every day,
but they show he's away with the fairies.

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Max Gutmann: Observation

From people watching
I'm quickly distracted by
looking at women.

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Nina Parmenter: Lens

Some things are easy to forget -
there’s something about the curving sky.
I’m sure I saw it once, and yet
these things are easy to forget.
A fleeting thought, a flush of sweat:
Is it a lens? Is that an eye?
But it’s so easy to forget
that thing about the curving sky.

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Richard Fleming: Kung Fu Haiku

Watch Kung Fu First Dan
smash tree. Tree fall down. Oh damn!
Tree fall on First Dan.

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Terese Coe: Coda To Shel Silverstein’s
The Romance (re The Pelican and the Elephant)

The elephant found he could stash his trunk
inside the pouch, with his other junk.

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Karen Greenbaum-Maya: TSE

Calico Jellico
Thomas Stearns Eliot
wrote about cats,
and the nature of God.

Readily penitent,
ecclesiastically
Catholic-Anglican,
Lord, he was odd.

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Tony Peyser: The Beforelife

In this curious limbo, your eagerness to be born remains steady:
It’s the bar you wait in until they tell you that your table is ready.

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William Greig: Seasonal Note

When Strictly Come Dancing draws near
I know that the autumn is here
With its loss of strong light–
But the show is so bright
I'll still need my dark glasses I fear.

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Tom Schmidt: Haiku

October leaves fall –
like clichés in bad haiku
suitable compost.

Fallen leaves