FIFTEEN HAIKU

 

howling wind

chanting pilgrims

wailing wall

 

* * *

 

your redness washes 

over me 

      the redness of 

polluted noon sun

 

* * *

 

anorexic

hungry woman fondles

diet soda

 

* * *

 

shoulders hunched. pack's weight

increases stone by stone. one

slow step, another.

 

* * *

 

fingers extended

every tendon stretched to strain

you, atoms away

for Jessica Caldwell

 

* * *

 

the rain in the walls

your face burned into my shoulder

a heart          a knife

 

* * *

 

holocaust

flesh like water

your eyes

 

* * *

 

pool spreads under legs

perfect relaxation gapes

in each wrist's new mouth

 

* * *

 

endless spin, fall

cigarette touches the ground

breeze-scattered smoke fades

 

* * *

 

dark room

only sound the hiss

of the air duct

 

* * *

 

the door shuts again

responsibilities locked

out, neuroses in

 

* * *

 

choked broken alone

you lie under dim stars

make your final wish

 

* * *

 

emergency room

ten hour suicide watch

ambulance ride

 

* * *

 

bullfrog

lilypad

earthquake

 

* * *

 

everpresent light

overhead: bars prevent us

from smashing the bulb

 

* * *

 

Robert Beveridge

 

Bio:  Robert Beveridge makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry in Akron, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in The Blue Pages, Minute, and Chantwood, among others.