Friday, October 19, 2018

She Before Me


(Soft Eggs and Toast)

The counter seats of 
most restaurants 
are full of men 
who have no one at home
to cook their 
soft eggs and toast.

These elderly gents
leave the house wearing their
favorite baseball cap and 
“Worlds Best Grandpa” 
sweatshirt

and take their 
place at the counter
with their friends from 
the neighborhood 
who have unwillingly joined the
“She Left Before Me” club

(though some silently refer to it as the 
“I Was Supposed to Go First” club)

and though they boast 
bravely 
of their willingness to be 
done with it all
happy once again
reunited with love

they do their best to 
hide their fear 
on days when 
their destiny 
overwhelms them

with news of
an opening in the club
and a place at the counter.


Ken Owen    Van Niddy Press 
October 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Flight Attendant

is beautiful 
but seems
very 
unhappy. 

She has not 
smiled since I’ve boarded 
the plane 
(and I’m not taking that personally).

It looked like
she took great exception
to having to parade
down the aisle
during the safety 
demonstration 
as part of her duties

but I enjoyed her
parade
very much.

It is 6:00a.m.
so
perhaps expecting 
anyone
to smile now
while teaching the public 
how to use a seat belt
is asking a bit
much.

As a young girl
when she realized she 
wanted to travel the globe
seeing all the great cities 
of the world

I’m guessing she never 
imagined 
that teaching 
uninterested passengers 
how to use a 
floatation device
would be part of the deal.


Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press
September 2018



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Like You


In a moment of panic
I found myself
desperately searching 
for the book you gave me

I could see it 
clearly
in my mind

a small black book of 
haiku 
by Kenneth Rexroth

and I was sure 
you had written in it

but when I finally 
found it
there was no 
inscription

It must have been in 
the note I didn’t keep
that came with 
your present 

I realized then
I went looking 
for your hand
but it wasn’t there

and this would be 
the first of
many times
this would happen
from now on.

                   ~~~~

          I cherish your gift,
       a little book of haiku 
        filled with art, like you.

-for Marlene 


Ken Owen   October 2018
Van Niddy Press