Haiku Matching Contest - 2 - Haiku of Absence

(select your favorite for each pair and write it in the box below or above the pairs)
(then select favorites of those pairs, etc... until one is the top pick)

Haiku Roundtable • Fall 2008

back in town
craving homemade candy
lot empty

small town bar
felt worn
on the pool table

wind chimes—
pocked porch swing
rocks itself

I watch
the sunset
on his empty chair





top quarter champion



top half champion


bottom quarter champion





searching my pocket
for his key
a hole

empty driveway
I park myself on the front step
one key short

the bite of
October breeze—

six inches shorter
the hairbrush
on my neck


top half champion





bottom half champion


going back everyday…
to the place where
we first met

old pond;
on a rock I
wait for the frog

country road
out so far
only the owl’s hoot

footprints in the snow
monkey's mask
cast aside





top quarter champion



bottom half champion


bottom quarter champion





frozen December pond
fish no longer
in sight

shadows on the water
the fish follow
my wriggling fingers

the pull of the tide
brings me closer
to you

passing in the hallway
we pretend
we’ve never kissed

© 2008, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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