Ben's Haiku

Sat, 10 Dec 2005

The Bride
From all directions,
red glows and bright white flashes
shine on the bride's smile.

written at the wedding of Brian and Erin Fife

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Mon, 05 Dec 2005

Snow Sneaks In
The evening was clear,
but a white blanket snuck in
over the city.

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Sat, 26 Nov 2005

Winter in New Hampshire
The clear and sharp cold
of the winter night. Dark sky,
the stars bursting forth.

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Thu, 24 Nov 2005

Patriotism
The gas station has
countless American flags
and very cheap gas.

the gas at this station is $1.99 per gallon,
which is low right now

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Thu, 03 Nov 2005

Fireworks
With deep crashing booms,
the fireworks shake the house
like bombs exploding.

written during the Diwali celebrations in Kisumu, Kenya

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Sun, 30 Oct 2005

Riot
The eyes of the crowd
are fierce, violent, and strange
during the riot.

written after the riot in Kisumu

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Sat, 29 Oct 2005

Dying Monkey
The monkey screeches
and its entrails glisten red
as it slowly dies.

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Mon, 17 Oct 2005

Autumn
Atop the green tree,
a solitary leaf has
become pure yellow.

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Sat, 15 Oct 2005

Small Miracles
On a crowded street
I find a parking space with
time on the meter.

written after finding parking near
the C-Side-G in the middle of the day

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Thu, 13 Oct 2005

Just Shaven Chin
Cold refreshing air
touching my just shaven chin
unfamiliarly.

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Wed, 12 Oct 2005

Bus
A stopped bus belches
thick dark solid smoke. It hangs
as the bus drives off.

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Tue, 11 Oct 2005

Art Museum
The heat and stale air
of hundreds milling about
looking at the art.

written after seeing the lovely but crowded
Ansel Adams exhibit at the MFA

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Sat, 08 Oct 2005

Geese
The geese stand still, or
walk slowly, flapping their wings
without taking off.

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Tue, 04 Oct 2005

Vaccine
The sharp stinging heat
of the disease injected
into my forearm.

written after receiving a yellow fever vaccine

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Mon, 03 Oct 2005

Panic
The panic in her voice--
hot and sharp--as she calls out
for anyone's help.

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Sat, 01 Oct 2005

Sunset XII
It's an explosion--
radiant color bursting
in all directions.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2005

Cleaning the Field
Ten people appear,
with brooms, reordering
the dirt on the field.

written after seeing the baselines
at Fenway Park raked between innings

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Tue, 27 Sep 2005

Ebbing Life
Its twitching has stopped,
and yet the moth I just crushed--
I can feel its life.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2005

Anger II
The wary drawn eyes
and mouth clenched in a grimace.
She's filled with anger.

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Sun, 25 Sep 2005

Bathroom Break
During the brief break,
the urinals flush without
rhythm or comment.

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Sun, 18 Sep 2005

The Big Dig
Long well-lit tunnels
winding under the city--
man-made and yet real.

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Sun, 11 Sep 2005

The Waves
The ocean's water
slips through the sand, as if it's
not solid at all.

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Sat, 03 Sep 2005

A Vision
She moves back and forth.
Lush, languid, and feminine,
her breasts sway softly.

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Tue, 02 Aug 2005

Lightning
Lightning's vicious crack
as it strikes deafeningly
so very nearby.

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Sun, 31 Jul 2005

Rolling Lettuce Chicken
The sweet crisp lettuce
surrounds a thick sweet sauce and
the tasty chicken.

written after visiting Chef Jia's,
my favorite Chinese food restaurant

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Thu, 14 Jul 2005

Pedestrians
People walk so close
that any sudden move will
cause them to bump you.

written in New York City

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Tue, 12 Jul 2005

Homeless Woman
A small old woman,
face dirty and eyes distant,
singing to herself.

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Tue, 05 Jul 2005

Master Chef
The quick precision
of a master chef cutting
the tails off of shrimp.

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Mon, 04 Jul 2005

One Among Many
A new wave begins
its crashing sound, adding to
the ocean's white noise.

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Fri, 01 Jul 2005

A Luminous Cloud
A luminous cloud
juts into the sky, catching
all of the sun's rays.

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Flies Hovering above Carrion
The flies hover near
their prey, only eating when
they're alone and safe.

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Sat, 25 Jun 2005

Eclairs
Machine-made eclairs--
their sweetness is pure and bland
and it strikes at once.

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Wed, 22 Jun 2005

Human Odor
Rich, pungent, and sour,
the smell of human odor
in the hot summer.

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Sat, 18 Jun 2005

Fireflies
The fireflies flicker
on, off, dancing with the dark
and with each other.

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Country Road at Night
The streetlight's straight light
catches the curves and texture
of the country road.

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Thu, 16 Jun 2005

Squirrel IV
No more squirrel corpse--
only a tuft of fur, an
outline in the mud.

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Mon, 13 Jun 2005

Squirrel III
Now the dead squirrel
has holes eaten in his chest--
grey fur, black nothing.

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Sun, 12 Jun 2005

Humidity
The air is solid,
its humid weight slowing
all except the cars.

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Fri, 10 Jun 2005

Squirrel II
The same dead squirrel
on the city street, now his
fur matted by rain.

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Wed, 08 Jun 2005

Squirrel
Squirrel on the road,
upside down, dead, mouth agape,
one paw curving in.

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Sun, 05 Jun 2005

Sunset IX
Green has no business
in the sunset. There! It hides
by yellow and blue.

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Sun, 29 May 2005

Slip and Slide
Naked and sliding
on the slick plastic runway,
with soap up my butt.

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Wed, 18 May 2005

Flowers
Comely white flowers
hiding behind a black fence
so I can't smell them.

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Sat, 07 May 2005

Life Goes On
Near the house of the
war-mongering commander,
the flowers still bloom.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2005

Bribery
Brazen spring flowers,
their nectar bribing insects
who carry their seed.

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Thu, 31 Mar 2005

Haiku VI
Observe the beauty
'til you can write a haiku
and then you are done.

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Fri, 11 Mar 2005

Takeoff
The gentle firm force
of the plane's rising speed, then
the ground falls away.

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Sun, 27 Feb 2005

The Gates
Bubbly and disarmed,
New Yorkers wander the Gates,
tourists near their homes.

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Mon, 07 Feb 2005

Sunrise
Cold yellow sunrise
after a long strange night of
vicious partying.

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Mon, 24 Jan 2005

Two Feet
The whole world just stops
as everyone marvels at
two feet of new snow.

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Thu, 20 Jan 2005

Fresh-Falling Snow
The fresh-falling snow
dawdles in the air and then
sparkles on the ground.

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Fri, 14 Jan 2005

The World Is Hidden
From the bridge I see
only the unbroken grey
of the opaque fog.

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Sat, 08 Jan 2005

Three Points
The boys' three point shots
arc languidly through the air,
then swish...or hit rim.

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Sat, 01 Jan 2005

New Year's Morning
New Year's morning,
sun rising over the Charles,
the dawn's old quiet.

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