His Memories

Global Haiku Tradition • Kasen-Renga • Spring 2010


His Memories

April 14, 2010
Woods Apartment 503


Olivia Birkey
Colleen Bryan
Sarah Meyer
Jessica Oller

His Memories

His Memories

smell of barbecue
fills the air
first signs of spring

showing the ball
catch of the game

neighborhood park
down the slides
children laughing

momma’s bitchin’
we race home

freshly cut grass
laying together
summer moon glows

his last breath
summer sucks away

sitting on the porch
memories of grandpa
rocking his chair

unused magnifying glass
lays on the table

bobber goes under
snap of the line
so much for dinner!

we cross the bridge
hand in hand

roasting hot dogs
over the fire
we sing together

catching fireflies
with Mom’s mason jar

howling at the moon
the wolf pack
nears the farm

clothes on the line
Randy steals my panties

ice cream melting
we put our toes
into the pool

tire swing on the tree
we spin until we puke

summer love
in his truck
pop goes the weasel

bouquet of dandelions
proudly shown to mommy

birthday suits
neighborhood pond
our safe haven

mosquitoes bite
we don’t even notice

drive-in movie
sun goes down
on our love

secret forest path
covered in fallen leaves

checking school supplies
off the list
can’t find the glue

high as a kite
donuts anyone?

first holiday
without him
dad says the prayers now

pre-game tailgate party
emptying the keg

sleeping it off
Mom tries
waking me for church

adrenaline rush
90 MPH

yellow school bus
speeds past
drive-by mooning

morning sunrise
coffee aroma wakes me

young doe
drinks from the stream
near my park bench

bedtime stories
blankies tucked in

painting a picture
of my life
abstract art

finding his diary
secrets we now know

cherry blossoms
from his mistress
pressed between pages

fifty years of lies
grandma weeps

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O.Birkey: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 11, 16, 17, 20, 24, 27, 33, 35
C. Bryan: 3, 9, 15, 22, 30, 34, 36
S. Meyer: 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28
J. Oller: 4, 10, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32

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