Monday, May 27, 2019

Vacation Haiku, Spring 2019



house after house
pale white roses--
city ordinance?


palm fronds rustle
in afternoon breezes
then, back to sleep


why so skittish, friend?
stay, drink up!--
hummingbird

-Yorba Linda, CA

*
she does sudoku
I write haiku--
cultural misappropriation?


*
angry fly
ruins my nap--
something i said?


a skilled trapeze artist
steals breakfast from a bird feeder--
fat squirrel


gardener's blower,
honking car horns,
invading Paradise

-Lafayette, CA 



Birds at The Airport

  birds 
     at the airport—
   no canceled flights

*
  birds 
  at the airport 
     not impressed

*
birds
  at the airport
  laughing at complexity

*
birds
   at the airport—
are you my mother?

-San Jose Airport

Ken Owen   Van Niddy Press
May 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Gendai Haiku


-in the style of and dedicated to Master Haiku Poet Kobayashi Issa



     i close my eyes
between poems by Issa
     and swallow them whole

*

morning tea--
sweet honey, bitter lemon
preview the day's possibilities

*

     warm bath, quiet reflection--
     the old man soaks 
      in peace

*

a troubled mind
melting 
     in the heat of worry

*

     lovers become enemies
now friends again--
     time brings wisdom for healing

*

the universe
interrupts my inertia--
cold coffee

*

the universe
delivers my exercise plan--
reheating cold coffee

*

tiny moth
shares my elevator--
what floor, friend?

*

tiny moth
shares my elevator--
apartment hunting

*

hillside cows
napping with indifference—
spring rain

*

      clouds admire their work,
the moon surveys the damage—
  spring rain

*
much in common,
morning sun warms old bones--
lazy house cat and me

*

careful, summer flies,
i have yet to clean
springtime webs!

*

midlife lament--
everything hurts,
reasons unknown

-for J.K. Jr. 


*


changing demographics

from old young man
to young old man

-inspired by JC of SSF


*

jumping to their death
to cool my hot bath--
beads of sweat

*

reading "Quotable Einstein"
at 3:00 a.m. --
who am i kidding?

*

walking the lake path
we speak of everything
and nothing

*

clouds parading west
seek storm instructions--
sunrise

*

short bird song
then quiet again--
"back to sleep, children"

*

short bird song
then quiet again--
bad dream?

-5:30 a.m.


Ken Owen
Van Niddy Press   May 2019