haiku

by Lester Allyson Knibbs
(formerly Hakeem Muhammad)

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a day of hot love
i'm awake all night scratching
kisses from the sun

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attacked from the north
came under heavy snow-fire
no casualities

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being evicted
brown leaf falls tumbling to earth
one leaf thousandth leaf

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big bear loves his honey
only it's the bees' honey
suicide bombers

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books and magazines
dusty piles reach the ceiling
what a racket

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city under siege
warm relief breaks foe's cold wrath
snow melts away

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cold help for cold bones
using the oven for warmth
odorless killer

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his first airplane flight
the plane ran down the runway
and jumped off the ground

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i can feel your hate
squeeze these tears out of my face
and freeze-blow my bones

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i keep shoveling
snow floats down behind me
in hot pursuit

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February 21, 2003
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