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Month: April 2016 (page 2 of 4)

Haiku for Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Roiling tea kettle,
water churns without escape—
so the anxious heart

Haiku for Tuesday, April 19, 2016

For my friend @rondelramsey:

Rondel says haiku
are like “poetry sneezes.”
Achoo! Achoo! Ah—


Haiku for Monday, April 18, 2016

My daughter asked me,
“How did you get that boo boo?”
I fell off my bike

(After a ride in which I was unable to unclip from the pedals at an intersection)

Haiku for Sunday, April 17, 2016



Birthday ice cream date
Ethiopian beauty
six years pass quickly

Haiku Redux: V-Neck Sweater Makes the Radio

In honor of National Poetry Month (that’s April), National Public Radio (that’s NPR) has been hosting a poetry challenge: tweet a poem with the hashtag #NPRpoetry and they might use your poem on the air.

Well, I did and they did.

I wrote a poem about wearing my v-neck sweater backwards and they thought it was funny. A producer contacted me and I recorded the poem and the story behind it, and NPR aired it yesterday during All Things Considered, their evening program.

You can listen to it here (my bit starts at 1:18): #NPRpoetry Moment

Haiku for Saturday afternoon, April 16, 2016

If we really wanted our kids to have fun and learn a sport, we’d stay home.

Hey soccer parents:
screaming banshees make less noise—
your child’s not Mesi


Haiku for Saturday, April 16, 2016

The first truly warm day of spring reminds me of my childhood hometown, Michigan City. It’s a stark contrast from landlocked central Illinois where I now live.

Waves gently laughing,
sun-warmed sand sings, beckoning.
Not on the prairie.

Haiku for Friday, April 15, 2016

It’s April 15
so my taxes are due, right?

(Taxes are due on Monday, April 18, this year)

Haiku for Thursday, April 14, 2016


Homer, Virgil, and Milton never faced the distractions we moderns confront daily. Which may be one reason why they could write book-length poems while I’m throwing out 17-syllable Twinkies.

What you’re about to read is a true story.

I spent hours—hours—yesterday trying to get a handle on my email. The main issue: I have three separate Gmail accounts and another three addresses that I usually open in three different browsers. In an effort to consolidate time and effort, I thought, “It sure would be nice to manage all these accounts in one place, and preferably not a browser.”

After doing a bit of research and asking friends who know about these things, I looked at Mailplane, Google Inbox, Postbox, and Airmail. For now I’ve decided on Airmail since it has both a desktop and an iOS app—consistency is a good thing and will, hopefully, help me manage this chaos more effectively.

All of these Gmail accounts have thousands of messages in their inboxes, many of which are unread. So I also thought, “Gee, it would be neat to get my inbox to zero while I’m doing this.”

After a couple hours, though, of trying to sort through action vs. archive vs. delete decisions, I gave up.

And wrote a haiku:

Goal: inbox zero.
Too many messages so—
email bankruptcy.

…and that’s how I got to inbox zero on April 14, 2016.

Haiku for Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Today’s haiku is also a PSA:

Calling out someone
on social media—woot!
Don’t get yourself fired.

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