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by Mother Goose

The Tarts


by Elizabeth Jennings



by Derek Walcott

The Sea Is History

 The Sea Is History

by A R Ammons

Their Sex Life

 One failure on
Top of another

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


 HAND in hand! and lip to lip!

by Jack Kerouac


 The taste
 of rain
—Why kneel?

by Matsuo Basho

A bee

 A bee
staggers out
 of the peony.

by Louise Bogan

Solitary Observation Brought Back From A Sojourn In Hell

 At midnight tears
Run in your ears.

by Yosa Buson

Old well

 Old well,
a fish leaps--
 dark sound.

by Kobayashi Issa

In spring rain

 In spring rain
a pretty girl

by Jack Kerouac


 Birds singing
 in the dark
—Rainy dawn.

by Yosa Buson

Sparrow singing

 Sparrow singing--
its tiny mouth

by Kobayashi Issa

Not very anxious

 Not very anxious
to bloom,
my plum tree.

by Kobayashi Issa

Napped half the day

 Napped half the day;
no one 
punished me!

by Barry Tebb


 Too much gone wrong – 

No Muse, no song.

by Kobayashi Issa

Im going out

 I'm going out,
flies, so relax,
make love.

by Yosa Buson

Evening wind

 Evening wind:
water laps
 the heron's legs.

by Kobayashi Issa

Dont worry spiders

 Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house

by Matsuo Basho

Fleas lice

 Fleas, lice,
a horse peeing
 near my pillow.

by Yosa Buson

Blow of an ax

 Blow of an ax,
pine scent,
the winter woods.

by Emily Dickinson

The competitions of the sky

 The competitions of the sky
Corrodeless ply.

by Dejan Stojanovic


Dust to dust, 
Ashes to ashes. 
Is that all? 

by Matsuo Basho

A cicada shell

 A cicada shell;
it sang itself
 utterly away.

by Edward Estlin (E E) Cummings







by Kobayashi Issa

The moon tonight

 The moon tonight--
I even miss
her grumbling.


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