Haiku for 2016

Semi-political, semi-personal, free associative and unrevised, following the 5-7-5 rule even though I KNOW THAT’S NOT A TRANSLATABLE THING so I don’t need to talk about it because I get it, really, I do. Now show me yours.

2016 by the Month

1.

First deaths of the year

drew a spine through the mountains,

north to south. And back.

2.

Women who bleed wrong

should be punished, shouldn’t drink.

Light returns on time.

3.

Too warm too soon and

the DNC. I always said

math doesn’t matter.

4.

The only flower

that blooms this month is purple.

It’s early, and yet…

5.

Something will always

find a way to grow. Before

burning there is always warmth.

6.

The dark can’t touch us

here. But light shows the shadows:

a month of rainbows.

7.

Everything that sits

still grows mold. Every moving

thing is a mirror.

8.

Each vein broken open

is a problem to be solved.

Each mile a lesson.

9.

What if those who leave

don’t come back? What if we don’t

let them fly at all?

10.

Ninety-two years and

she still says it’s a man’s job.

She doesn’t say why.

11.

Counting minutes, votes.

“November is about loss,”

I was told/I said.

12.

American roads

tell you there’s something to go

back to, till there’s not.

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