Wednesday, August 6, 2014

One of my personal favorites

This one is just so good, especially as it was written a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving.

From College Misery, November 13, 2012

bad tuesday haiku: pre-thanksgiving edition


the snowflakes settled
into piles of fallen leaves
overnight. a frost

has overtaken
the geraniums that i
ignored while grading.

while i wouldn't want
to look for other work, i
fantasize about ...

... anything, about
everything, about choices
that led to this cold

november day, to
this perennial regret.
this semester is ...

... difficult.  this time
the problem is as much me
as anything else.

as soon as the term
began, i knew that i was
changed, somehow lesser

inside, like some half-
filled balloon that languishes
between up and down,

landing and flight, poised
for something that it is not
able to achieve.

i am unable
to find the necessary
buoyancy for, for ...

...well, for anything.
i do not know when or how
it happened, but i

know that -- unlike the
geraniums -- i do not
have the frost to blame.

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