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the haiku marathon (part 5)

13-05-08
ice wind off the sea
winter scratches its long claws
down my shirtless back

14-05-08
she’s all spark and fizz
her name bubbles on my tongue
pink magic-gum girl

15-05-08
dirty keys fading
the signs worn from their faces
type from memory

16-05-08
he lured me he did
with fried meat on a toothpick
i ordered the rice

17-05-08
he knew what would come
as they rode home together
his grin betrayed him

18-05-08
head droops and jerks up
sleep comes in ten second bursts
hours are needed

19-05-08
drinking screwdrivers
in a dark hindley street dive
in a grey trenchcoat

20-05-08
tuesday i’ll be good
unless there’s complications
and the fog descends

21-05-08
walking through the park
listening to tower of song
all the world is grey

22-05-08
breakfast goes down sour
the toothbrush scratches too hard
my shirt rasps my skin

23-05-08
trembling and hiding
as the world comes rushing in
reality burns

24-05-08
the slow warmth of gin
the buoyant din of the crowd
i could like it here

25-05-08
they do great chips here
pity about the burgers
you can’t win them all

26-05-08
something is wrong dear
makes my soul twist in its sleep
do you not feel it?

27-05-08
storm clouds roll in fast
when did it start to turn grey?
undetected gloom

28-05-08
rain walking man fumes
and pounces on the puddle
to splash himself calm

29-05-08
all this dust and smog
being pumped in the air ducts
has made me sickly

30-05-08
sideways park the car
use the triangle technique
stop shouting at me

01-06-08
back to work again
to face unwelcome faces
how much do they know?

02-06-08
sunshine and sand spades
children laughing in the sun
not for everyone

03-06-08
pencils and red pens
and blue cellophane wrappers
remind me of school

04-06-08
the moon disappears
and all deny it was there
ever or at all

05-06-08
i dream the wave breaks
and all the black birds swoop down
for a piece of me

06-06-08
aging on the phone
every second ticks by slow
murder this clock please

07-06-08
faces forgotten
seen in the street this morning
with a bag of greens

08-06-08
too many headaches
not enough pills to fight them
what’ll we do now?

09-06-08
six bottles of beer
seven thirsty lumberjacks
someone will go dry

10-06-08
pink curd lemonade
extension cord bondage game
and a jar of grease

11-06-08
sanity done gone
left me this box of pickles
and the telephone

12-06-08
big bear barbecue
sizzle my snake skin gold man
smear my ribs in sauce

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