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A Dozen Haikus for Late Summer



squash vines

long and hollow

the last late evenings

deep in the sink

the great veins of chard

summer's end


of the corn worm

lingering heat

a shower darkens

in the summer bookstore

the smell of new novels

the frayed rope

swings back into the shade

country swimming hole

one firefly

clears the house

summer midnight

crooked bra strap

of a cafe waitress

the heat

the long gap downstream

to the bridge's shadow

evening coolness

lightning flash

how short

the stubble

summer dawn


of the egg's taper

the flatness

of watermelon seeds

August dusk

the long segments

of the Big Dipper's handle

summer fields


These poems appear in late geese up a dry fork, Red Moon Press, 2003.