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TERROR WAR — haiku & tanka sequence

25 Feb

This haiku & tanka sequence was published in World Haiku Review in January 2007.

Terror War

for half an instant
a monstrous peony blooms
above the bus stop
red-orange in pale blue sky
then the shock wave hits

I missed the bus—
now it flies
back at me

somewhere in the flames
cell phones ring
constantly

black smoke lifts
streams of blood
mix in the gutter

a slim hand holds
a shopping list—
her bent ring

fatal weeds
huge fire-blooms
the flowers of death

blocks from the blast
drivers curse traffic
suddenly sirens

the news turned off
time for comedy
no attacks here

morning paper
front page photo
my son . . . my son!

bomber’s funeral
mourners’ wild eyes when
a bus backfires

_______________________________

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