Haiku, Senryu, Tanka Poems
and Run-ons

Haiku, Senryu, Tanka Poems

Poems, Short Stories, Essays by Jerry Reynolds

random thoughts inspired on walks
experiencing life through five senses



phone call-up
sister in emergency
pending grief

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my sister died
though I say it fast
the dent of pain

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soulful recall
sweet in my memory
sister

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ring-ring
a game we played
past bedtime

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the sock wars
take aim, when cars pass
by the lights

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standing in bathtub
night sky awash, with Fire-Works
county fair ends

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drying dishes
clumsy you- breaks one
penalty applied

no longer do you
get to dry dishes

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bright moon
sips from the lake
of wisdom

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train to the city
reading a romance novel
a quiet sketch

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toxic romance
his kisses taste like gun oil
a loving cop

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how scary to be
traveling alone
facing the unknown
waiting for deaths
fierce brightness

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thread rudely removed
from the tapestry of me
by the weaver

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lure caught in willow
finger imperiled on lure
On face a Katydid lands

you know I’m not a swimmer
take me from this dreadful place

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death fans
the smoldering embers
of childhood

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on ladies day
she tips generously
at the carwash

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what begun ends
after seventy-six laps
around a sun blossom

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mourning tea-
the fortuneteller
cleans glasses

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recall-
those times I thought to
but did not

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sorrow-
the thin skin
of love

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memorial-
the dialects
of memories

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our wakes
summon the legends
of families

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death-
a riddle you cannot
solve

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in one gulp
we have swigged down
a winter

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spring’s first day
a honeysuckle moons
journey starts

crossing
the frontier of death

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reason
to be alone
ice storm

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small dog
pees on snow bank
cold walk

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snow bank
radiant bright
car lights

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light snow
silently falling
plow scrapes

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maple turns
little dog stops sniffs pees
on impatiens

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frostbitten
cherry trees once full
of blossoms

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autumn breeze
flowers start singing
summers siren song

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small dog walking
sturdy silver haired lady
braces for cold breeze

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harvest moon
rooster on the gate
quiet night

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autumn looms
cold rain gusty wind
dampens spirit

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nor’easter
cold air from regions north
announce autumn

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window north
spring and summer
arrive and go forth

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greatest treason
is not against governments
people

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wind gust
shirt flies open
at mailbox

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small fruit fly
looking for the pear
just ate

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vivid dream
conflict no resolution
rainy day nap

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cannot decide
to be fat with no wrinkles
or skinny with them

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blue sky
oh to be a small fluffy
white cloud

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fall moving
winters gusting breath
will soon begin

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treason
committed against people
devil dance

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storm off shore
deciding to come or go
hunker down

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warming sun
woodpecker tapping
roof shingle

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brown sparrow
breakfasting on scraps
lodged in deck

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snowbird
drinking from
terrace dish

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willows turn
yellow to green
one spring day

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colorful
songbird in willow
spring mating

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napkins
taken from old car
picnic’s past

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blackberry creepers
with fragrant pallid blossoms
social distance

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squirrel
foraging in tree
breakfast

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chilling rain
dark and gloomy day
fell asleep

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phone rings
nap interrupted
dream lost

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man watches dog
terrace flowers wind dance
basement door closes

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spring perfume
locust trees in bloom
calming walk

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walk in the park
hand in hand town clock tolls
moment well played
on the harp of an angel
glorious performance

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turkeys
chasing man in van
blithe fall day

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four thirty a.m.
the gentle touch of her hand
we napped until eight

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sun setting
gentle breeze blowing in tree
impatiens snag rays

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pretty girl walking
young man throwing away trash
he never noticed

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optimistic day
brightly shines a joyful sun
do something fun day

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blackbirds frolicking
selecting suitable mates
their nests soon to make

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tranquil dawn
gull banks against wind
quickly gone

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shadows longer
breezes wafting cooler
evening birds bathe

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dresser drawer pull
wobbly becoming unscrewed
find the screwdriver

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frost covering all
morning reminder
winter yet to come

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the position that
conservatism is set to
defend is the state
of things both good and awful
liberal best possible

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the world struggles to
awaken from enthralment
time dances to night

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geese flying
along the tree tops
frost nibbles

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dark and gray
muted colors snow lingers
throw seeds to bird’s

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unlucky sperm knock
on equally hapless eggs
asking to be borne

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on the doves release
sympathetically we
dream of lasting peace

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shallows of
the mind birds chirp fish fracture
the surface for food

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clouds race in the sky
talking to the vale below
we are white with thirst

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woke this morning
hip hurting
snowstorm coming

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in the yard weed
crusade rages a war
never to win

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fresh morning coffee
dripping into carafe
from terrace dish
a chickadee gently drinks
new day awakening

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cold january
meteor stripes night sky
bell rings afar

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boiling in a pot
jumbo shrimp for mom and pop
dipped in butter yum

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wild turkeys in yard
eight days after thanksgiving
can’t fault their timing

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terrace flowers
drooping from autumn rain
dismal gray day

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close friend his knife
working calmly on a feast
mr. chopper and he

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what's for dinner
sausage and peppers with a
side of bright string beans

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Haiku composed
with nature not listening
is it Haiku

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barbara’s garden
captive in snow awaiting
the pardon of spring

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new color
in a russet yard
crocus blooms

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like a bird she sang
stunningly in her school play
proud witness were we

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made golden by sun
clouds drifting past window
speak softly of springtime

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brisk spring day
garage door installer
takes screws from pocket

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earthworms leave
small mounds of black dirt
spring aeration

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cardinal inserts red
to gray-brown
monotone terrace

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uncle skitter roams
round the ghettos of my mind
sweet gentle hobo

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in the crystallized
hollows of the mind
a vision of you

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walk along
a snow covered path north
please sweet louie shit

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stress is a mad dog
randomly biting in all
directions at once

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bad news today
whats-app out of date
how to go on

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daughter joy for life
imprinting with warm stare
that’s father there

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small buds on the trees
forecasting the strength of spring
outside calling

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soon snowing
men attach blade to pickup
truck becomes snowplow

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clubhouse door fastened
pandemic distress showing
charon awaiting

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spring
flower caddy
empty

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sparrows
vibrantly bathing
terrace dish

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small dog barking
at small dog barking
ladies turn away

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stay with me
until my last breath
covid 19

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forsythia
nature’s declaration
spring is here

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are dreams disposed of
raging on the winds of time
dead bird feathers

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morning frost gone by
noon winter possesses dawn
spring emerging

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what shape is the wind
unseen companion on walks
brief glimpse in grasses

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after fifty years
asses should, certainly not
be below their knees

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making the bed
one thing completed
fruitfully today

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an acorn necklace
contouring her native breasts
drifters gaze caught

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cold acerbic wind
man bundled in warm layers
shivering small dog

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winters day
on the border of
freezing rain

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spring child
gift of love
for life

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the season of lent
make a promise to yourself
keep it forty days

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grocery shopping
forgot the coupons
shoppers faux pas

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february
valentine day shopping
candy for lovers

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dog wets shrub
disapproving dog
barks anger

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suddenly
breath-to-breath we meet
covid19

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the contour of gone
is less elusive than the
shape of never was

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though greatly we try
the hungry cannot be fed
not for lack of will
or lack of ability
we can’t satisfy the rich

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face in tree
moment of wonder
just timber

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small bird looking
for seeds on balcony
will fly should I rise

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rider approaches
while alert to recognize
the unexpected

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hellos and goodbyes
we seem much better at those
than the space between

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rooster on the gate
illuminates a calm night
harvest moon

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truth imposed
is not equivalent to
truth arrived at

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hot day the cold beer
crackled, slurped and swooshes to
life in a cold glass

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in the corridors
of a heart vainly seek
fragments of hope

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keep eyes on the line
draw economically
eye hand together

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doctors waiting room
watched like ripening fruit by
the angel of death



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