7

 

accustomed to punches
a caress is expected to sting. we lost
the skill of reading innocence

 

 

 

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6

exile costs
rocks gently
while keel-hauling

 

 

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5

in recent lines, he sailed
stories we’d mapped
over months. clever captain

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4

we had to grow new leaves
old cycles snap
tenderness opens on clean pages

cycad

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The Missing Haiku (cont.)

3

more metaphors than flesh
questions we count
on. was ‘pretty’ the only picture?

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The Missing Haiku (cont.)

2

at the airport, rain draws them close
his soul
opened by an umbrella

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The Missing Haiku

The Missing Haiku

1

from the safety
of rustling leaves
each absent day scarred by three

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