Haiku

Many of these haikus were written to accompany photographs in a year-long project (http://instahaiku.tumblr.com/).
Without the photos some are better, more inscrutable, many foolish, which is also good.

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The commodity
of your one and only self
cannot be counted

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Each man looks across
the carcass of his own life
and sees it as good

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There were empty chairs
long before we ever met
and they remain still

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Awareness is not
to be hoped for when one is
but when one is not.

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Two weeks together
alone in one skin almost
has grown the self twice.

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People will cheat you
but for the shekels they take
you’ll learn of them more

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You must cut your cloth
as though it were your own skin
expediently.

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To be beaten by
the mules of circumstance is
how we then adapt.

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My life was simple
and now it’s gone it didn’t
last so very long

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Sweet little fish
both dead and awake on ice
never forgive me.

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Time and tide don’t wait
but let them go, worry not
for they do come back.

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Black is no color
to those who are born to live
in their own darkness.

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For dreams to come true
to see what you wish to be
you must first wake up.

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When at last you leave
only take the things you made
not the things you bought.

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Youth is blind to death
unaware of it shadow
while age awaits it.

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The sound of hunger
in the ears of the wealthy
is the noise of greed.

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There is no one path
only choices, but many
are invisible.

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Never make a man
a God who is not for he
will destroy you both

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Never forget that
Devils cannot fall from grace;
it’s what sets them free.

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You are an island
but only when caught looking
from the cold water

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And day after day
the habitual self wins
most of the battles.

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I still catch myself
feeling sad for things that don’t
matter anymore.

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I am on my back
no longer receiving you
but still transmitting.

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Do not look away.
When the others turn their face,
remain, know your fate.

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The crucifixion
of men like Victor Mature
becomes biblical.

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Avoid the noon self
the skin peels in vain layers
when your sun is high.

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Today in Austin
everyone ignores the
dead who lay aground.

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iPhone or iPad
is not a matter of style
only of eyesight.

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Is this not our face
looking up in hope before
the doubt thorns prick us?

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In our own bodies
we are blind to our selves and
deaf to another’s.

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It isn’t that it
doesn’t hurt but still push on
love well anyway.

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More than anything
it turns out that the future
is pink and sticky.

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There is no crying
in baseball apparently
which is a damn shame.

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Now tell me why when
cockroaches turn and run from us
we are the scared ones?

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Your happiness, much
like granular synthesis,
is complicated.

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Here everyday
pretty like snow then melting
love accumulates.

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Certainty is dull
in all cases, dangerous
in those you ignore.

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More often than not
you can find yourself a spot
if you look beyond.

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Not everything
in this life twists like noodles
it just feels that way.

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Nurture and nature
and a thousand years of pie
to die and live for.

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Human animals
have lost their sense of the wild
but still kill for sport.

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In some marriages
the dark keeps two together
despite their stumbling.

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Beware the dead man;
he no longer carries cares
we still live with fear.

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First love is a snake
if it doesn’t destroy you
it will paralyze.

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No coke after two
whether it is the bubbly kind
or the white powder.

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Envy of others
is a wound without washing;
the stain will remain.

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We work on the world
breaking stones of ignorance
until they are dust.

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Think of me always
apart from when you forget
which may be often.

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If madness is relative
and it certainly seems so
love your family.

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Illumination
for all the words that are known
comes first from the heart.

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When I close my mouth
I taste memories which is
why I speak so much.

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The best text message
is the poem I love you
unless when driving.

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The perfect man will
disappear into himself
before your closed eyes.

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The end is not nigh
for there is no end only
the idea of you.

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We sit together
the mountain and me until
the mountain remains.

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When you leave the house
you commute your own sentence
some life, no parole.

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Underneath it all
we are wild and we know it
underneath it all.

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Of all the Devils
those colored red and smiling
seem most likeable.

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To contain a man
you must know of his nature
and thereby his size.

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Nights before working
at home not the office are
pimples not tumors.

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The abandonware
of a broken heart leads us
away from our self.

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In the day windows
allow the eyes to look out
at night the light hides.

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At Notting Hill Gate
the trains will often run late
but then so does life.

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Impatience shouts that
a delay is made for Zen
if you can bear it.

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Earn more than you spend
and you will know happiness
said Mister Pickwick.

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We are in favor
of this thing monogamy
not celibacy.

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What is the salute
but a face-palm of fealty
to the yet more blind?

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There are years that ask
questions and years that answer
Zora Neale Hurston/

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A man in his bath
unsteady as he ages
climbs out slower still.

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Shame is the clothing
we choose to wear forgetting
that others gift it.

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United Nations
are an excellent notion
whatever their tense.

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Pilot a blind craft
and you will see the limits
of your own thinking.

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We are the soldiers
forever marching backwards
in sleep’s campaign.

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Some skim stones into
the sea but others refuse
this childish method.

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With or without God
each step is an arrival
in the land of love.

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For me too the days
(he said in that last winter)
are getting shorter.

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The best of all life
is not found in irony
but sincerity.

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There is no haiku
that can summon back my youth
from across these years.

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The man with the gun
worries not for his muscles
nor hears your wise words.

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To take a pig sty
and make into hog heaven
is the psyche’s path.

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The white cake of soap
threatens each memory yet
promises so much.

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Hot and cold water
both blessings in their disguise
when available.

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Professionally
you will be a long time dead
best to be here now.

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If you take time out
from the game of your one life
you will find others.

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Everybody
or so Ryan Adams says
wants to be special.

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When they ask you what
have you done with your life, say
I have been happy.

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Serendipity
is finding grace in moments
where none is offered.

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Hope is a muscle
and it must be exercised
if it is to grow.

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In America
even the best barber can
cut your throat some days.

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I had been given
the task of killing men with
a piece of paper.

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Avoid your heroes.
Who could bear the weight of our
association?

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Historically
the future is forever
but our lives are past.

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All that you wish for
is to be found in the heart
if you can find it.

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The Manhattan Bridge
not as seen in the movies
unless yours lives here.

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The weight of waiting
as opposed to moving forward
asks too much of us.

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That which is tender
and sensitive becomes so
both inside and out.

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Of the jobs to do
heretical physicist
seems like a good choice.

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Consider your steps
carefully when walking in
the house of yourself.

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High pain tolerance
is a poverty symptom
in places of want.

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In America
when we say we are nowhere
we know where we are.

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To be green includes
the graying of the towels;
the gym uses no bleach.

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The less wrong you are
the less likely it is
you’ll know when you are.

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Nothing better than
Chicken Tikka Masala
when in need of love.

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The less wrong you are
the more important it is
to know by how much.

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Sometimes writing down
something familiar helps
the presented tense.

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The rights of unborn
nits count for next to nothing
in this day and age.

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Zen passivity
can be a life forsaken
in an unzen mind.

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I don’t mind being
mentally weak as long as
I’m admirable.

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To command nature
one must learn to obey it
said the mad chemist.

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In America
our first great lie is the myth
of self-reliance.

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To die car-crashed
going to Llano for lunch
would not be ideal.

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Life is a movie
which others seem to be living
while we only watch.

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Form is emptiness
yet memory still remains
in both light and dark.

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Every small man
who hides behind a curtain
fools his own heart first.

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“Mehr Licht!” cried Goethe
when dying. Did he want more
or could he see more?

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In terms of raw scale
architecture illustrates
the tyrant’s hubris.

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May your certainty
your stubbornness and your fear
always sustain you.

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Photographs don’t get
taped to museum walls
nearly enough. Stat.

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There is a pleasure
in puzzles left unsolved
for some other day

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How can another
say they know me when I am
yet to know myself?

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All women are mad
he said from his asylum
weeping quite alone.

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Cuba is changing
in the way things stay the same
but become as new.

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Everything should
(according to Bob Marley)
be pretty OK.

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Everything past
looked no different to those
when it was their then.

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Before four sixteen
everything had happened
and we survived.

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In every faith
there comes a time when questions
are harshly punished.

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Regret and anger
fuse into a shame unlit
upon the heart’s shelf.

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There is no device
sufficient to set us free
from our own past truth.

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If Primo Levi
was here I would ask him what
happened but he’s not.

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Water, bus, snoring;
morning in The Meadowlands
all of life is here.

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And another thing
(he knows this is not the case
but he believes it).

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Anthropomorphize
the unknown rat in a state
of amazement.

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You can only feel
better or worse in this life
starting from right now.

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Flushing, Queens, New York
the City of Tomorrow
already long past.

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Ignore ignorance
it won’t get you there from here
wherever you are.

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Most revolutions
will consume their pluralists
and their democrats.

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We are all random
yet collected up closely
deaf yet capable.

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Pay no attention
to men behind their curtains
they have lost their way.

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May your soul be bound
up in the bundle of life
says the Hebrew stone.

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Impatience collects
in the moments of our lives
we are impatient.

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Look forward they say
but the function of regret
keeps its head bent back.

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To test character
dont give men adversity
allow them power.

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Man’s hind brain sings to
the exclusion of all else
until turned off.

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Youth’s wasted on youth
experience on the old
dance the middle ground.

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A lazy zealot
can escape the worst of it
through sheer indolence.

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It is the one dream
I shall never have again
may she forgive me.

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Lucky are the few
who laugh and cry beyond all
human restriction.

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You cannot be right
all of the time; when you are
try to be very.

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There is nothing like
the poetry of fresh baked
lemon meringue pie.

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I saw the Buddha
his mind empty and open
peeling potatoes.

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A conversation
between Christ and the two thieves
comparing their pain.

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The dull cloning of
corporate America
breeds more than contempt.

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When the driver says
it gets me from A to B
don’t look at his eyes.

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Women upside down
are all the same he would say
with his only smile.

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Margaret Thatcher
and Elizabeth the Two
are often confused.

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Each family owns
a name borne with no body
a tree without wood.

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Men are like herons
socially prehistoric
nesting in large groups.

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In wabi-sabi
these three words do not exist
finished perfect lasts.

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The politician
like every magician
undresses truth.

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To become lesser
(and more) walk up steep hills but
don’t eat after five.

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Faith, hope, charity,
by the roadside do we leave
our pointed virtues.

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While it has been said
the only way out is through
we still seek short cuts.

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We are by no means
(in this last glue factory)
the smartest kittens.

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Work hard, stay humble
not easy to do both but
good words to live by.

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At Dragon’s Lair
big boys play little boys’ games
(not to worry mum).

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Rample was a verb
in the schoolboy lexicon
of seventy-five.

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Blue is not a color
to paint the fence of your life
despite today’s pain.

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Any commitment
to a greater thing than yourself
is probably good.

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The love veterans
sit on benches of their grief
alone but for ghosts.

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Down at the Frog Pond
we saw the summer pass by
as if death’s approach.

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If there was a girl
who would love me more than life
itself then OK.

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I fear that this house
is not big enough for love
in particular.

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The Lincoln Continental
with an asterisk;
timeless bait and switch.

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Love, when not present,
fades and blooms like the idea
of a perfect place.

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A man really needs
very little in this life
but honest answers.

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Violins for sale;
they cry and are abandoned
like month old kittens.

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An over-exposed
Ford Galaxy 500
still looks good to me.

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There were once reasons
for this conclusion but none
he can come to now.

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Write your own haiku
we are on an airplane now
and without power.

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The death of true love
is far more than a simple
inconvenience.

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Below 18th Street
dreams of an empty New York
remain possible.

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The fig leaves of life
cast out from other gardens
find their proper place.

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Two by two into
the arc of the ache of it
for the time that’s left.

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In psyche’s tower
that which cannot be described
remains within us.

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They say three’s a crowd
when you live in series but
not in parallel.

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Paradise garbage
husks and hidden soda cans
beside a blue sea.

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The cock of the walk
(now he has you where he wants)
leaves for another.

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Squares are to circles
as snakes are to purity;
poor brand and bad press.

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You would do better
than to fuck with me mister
said my little self.

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Although volcanic
our hearts can also be cold
archipelagos.

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A picture of the
perfect woman should include
socks mismatched by choice.

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Hold on to something
for too long and hearts like hands
become overdone.

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Five o’clock shadows
on pre-teens are surely proof
that our time is up.

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‘Over the Cliff’ by
Hugo First will always be
required reading.

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At Larson’s Lunch Box
the lobster rolls take their time
but we always wait.

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Until the children
have been fed don’t feed the dogs
so sayeth The Lord.

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Two missing children;
a place for everything
but not now for them.

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The blood of nations
cannot be contained by maps
(the lies of old men).

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An epidemic
that became far more common
as we grew older.

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Not everything’s
a hill of beans in your town
but it can seem so.

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Do not aim to please
act instead in good conscience
and judgment will come.

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How you hold something
love or an old beer bottle
betrays your true heart.

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There are some subjects
Francis Bacon did not paint
but we carry on.

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Science arose from
poetry, when times change the
two can meet again.

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The sick imagine
good health to be a source of
ineffable joy.

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What will then become
of a shining republic
brought down to its knees?

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Nobody listens
but some don’t listen more than
others don’t listen.

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There are stories here
not clean but available
and awaiting us.

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A man with both hands
deep inside his dark pockets
is blind to beauty.

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True Olympians
said Paul (lost Saint of London)
live beneath dark clouds.

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Unphotogenic
is not a relative term
to the blind of heart.

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Depending on speed
the distance is the distance
go straight go forward.

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Levers of power
are not obvious to those
who look less closely.

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Kitty will say Noh
and mean (like the Japanese)
one chance, one meeting.

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To be young again
and not dead on this table
seems a fine idea.

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Warm sun and laundry
the beginning of haiku
soon ended by rain.

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Each dream is the same
you enter them alone yet
keep what comes to you.

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We have been married
in all but our legal name
for too many years.

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“Stand tall,” said the duck
to her shorter sisters, “let
us take back the night.”

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Boys and Cadillacs;
the convertible desires
of life here on Earth.

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Do not flee yourself
before you know who you are
but then run like hell.

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Words of fear combine
in fattened hearts, but none like
Boston Cream Muffin.

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A man’s genetics
tell us more than our eyes will
but we keep looking.

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Requisite picture
of shells; showing off the dead
should make me less proud.

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The best placebo
is a look misunderstood
across the table.

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You will come to see
this as not the look of fear
but preparation.

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To make homemade jam
first find a home that you love
the rest is easy.

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Regret causes you great
suffocation and panic
so watch out for that.

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Not all parking lots
(this is true of life as well)
are as imagined.

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At the Fast Supper
we gorge on faith-to-go
taking all we can.

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No one looks for a
bullet hole in a bomb blast
said Doctor Watson.

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How bird can it be?
Asks the person without pain
blind to what may come.

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There’s no need to watch
you do as we want you to
without us asking.

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The variable
that constitutes our own selves
is not found within.

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He gets his sun time
by painting when the weather
allows for them both.

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It is not easy
to be one dimensional
and also much loved.

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Codependency
is to be two in spite of
the circumstances.

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There is no debt, there
is only friendship or not,
said the poor father.

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A scruffy bastard
born out of wedlock and need
barks for his lost bed.

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We sit on the chairs
remembering all the snow
sat here before us.

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While it’s now true that
tattoos are ten-a-penny
feelings fade faster.

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Find everything
interesting and you will
probably survive.

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