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August 17, 2012

44. I wrote for an hour/
Twenty small poems on life/
A keystroke lost them/

45. Then I spent an hour/
In the dark woods of Apple/
Fruitlessly trying/

46. I am heartbroken/
I lost some of my poems/
And I’m powerless/

47. Powerless over/
Things others can simply do/
Makes me feel so weak/


Random Litter

August 10, 2012


49. The posh don’t matter/
Except to the enforcers/
Of status matters/

1a. Faith accumulates/
Like the snow on a park bench/
Silently and cold/

1b. Faith accumulates/
Like children in a playground/
Joyfully and loud/

1c. Faith accumulates/
When the faithful sit calmly/
Expecting nothing/

1d. Faith accumulates/
When the faithful sit calmly/
Expecting something/

2. Enjoying this day/
Requires acceptance of facts/

Outdated Ritual

August 4, 2012

49. Rituals provide/
People the intangible/

50. Human ritual/
No matter how informal/
Creates our beings/

51. My powerlessness/
Is manifest whenever/
I talk to my kids/

52. Participation/
In my own self improvement/
Is a miracle/

Dim Empire State

August 3, 2012

38. Waiting for a change/
Hoping my heart will decide/
I want to improve/

39. Becoming better/
Is possible if I try/
Different actions/

40. There’s no mystery/
Behave better: be better/
One day at a time/

Fire Island Day 30

July 30, 2012

1. Sitting on the shore/
Molding sand into castles/
Hope flowing like waves/

2. Nonetheless knowing/
Our human activities/
Are temporary/

3. What counts is action/
Never the final outcome/
Life is made doing/

4. In simple actions/
Existence is completed/
One soul at a time/

5. Create your person/
In behavior &actions/
Thoughtful & thoughtless/

6. Performing actions/
Without concern for reward/
Should keep your soul full/

7. Enjoy your today:/
Create your best performance/
You are only now/

8. We exist right now/
Not in some perfect future/
Enjoy this moment/

9. Enjoy this instant/
It’s the minute particle/
Which composes life/

Fire Island Day Twenty~Six

July 26, 2012

(these get better towards the end)
26. I am so boring/
My desires: quotidian/
Just basic comforts/

27. Just want my quiet/
And time with my family/
Not so exciting/

28. Others’ cluttered lives/
Aren’t attractive to me/
In my solitude/

29. Exciting pleasures/
Simply are not int’resting/
As I look inward/

30. I explore places/
Where people simply relax/
In this solitude/

31. Full throttle living:/
Human’s Spirits’ distractions/
From kind reverie/

32a. Enjoy quiet time/
Visit the church* within you/
Knowing there prays G_d/
#haiku *mosque

32b. Enjoy quiet time/
Visit Temple within you/
Knowing there sits G_d/

33a. Intricate lifestyles/
Embellish simple living/
Past recognition/

33b. Intricate lifestyles/
Embellish simple living/
Beyond simple needs/

33c. Intricate lifestyles/
Embellish simple living/
Out of existence/

35. This contemplation:/
A radical luxury/
Stolen from working/

36. Inside my heart lies/
All of creation’s beauty/
Still I look outward/

37a. My finite body/
Demands my infinite mind/
Scramble in the mud/

37b. My finite body/
Demands my infinite mind/
Busk for company/

38. The crowd’s approval/
Reduces spiritual/
Content of living/

39. Contemplating life/
& the quiet lapping waves/
Alone with my thoughts/
#haiku (@ Lonelyville) [pic]:

Fire Island Day Twenty Five

July 25, 2012


(Thoughts on Society’s & Individuals’ need for “Social Microclimates.”)

14. Exclusivity/
Describes a community/
That’s special to you/

15. Your community/
Is a “Loophole of Retreat”/
Wherein you matter/

16. We describe outside/
To create a safe inside/
For our own values/

17a. Exclusive language/
Is rarely grammatical/
It’s about changing/

17b. Exclusive language/
Is rarely grammatical/
It’s evolution/

18. Haughty Poverty’s/
Got its exclusivity/
To protect its pride/

19. Power creates norms/
Which we must all sanctify/
Or reject power/

20. There is nothing wrong/
Human exclusivity:/
Ego protection/

21. Overvaluing/
The culture of the wealthy/
Keeps poor people poor/

22. Wealth sanctifies some/
Exclusivity above/
Other people’s worlds/

23. Valuing culture/
Simply because it’s wealthy/
Needlessly harms us/

24. This sycophancy/
Toady to already rich/
Lacks real dignity/

25. Celebrate cultures/
That you do not understand/
To improve yourself/

Fire Island Day 24

July 24, 2012

7. This world is perfect/
Every possible way/
Accept joy & pain/

8. Lament attachment/
It is Ego’s foundation/
Where desire is formed/

9. Easy to love life/
While I am on vacation/
I love my work, too/

10. Try to find meaning/
In the pointless minutiae/
That makes up our lives/

11a. Pointless minutiae:/
Human Existence/

11b. Pointless minutiae:/
Of our Existence/

12. Human Existence/
Justifies its own meaning/
In each of our hearts/

13a. We know we matter/
Despite what the world tells us/
Each* life is precious/
#haiku *my

13b. We know we matter/
Contradicting capital/
Each* life is precious/
#haiku *my

Fire Island Day Nineteen

July 19, 2012


(On My Children)
1a. Children are Growing/
Ev’ry instant of their lives:/
Observe carefully/

1b. Observe carefully:/
Ev’ry instant of their lives/
Children are Growing/

A. Minor daily change/
Transforms children to people*/
But keeps their essence/
#haiku *adults

B. growth is eternal/
Occurring while you’re looking/
(& when you look off)/

2. Kids evaporate:/
A haze of human hormones/
The whirlwind of growth/

3. They become adults/
In identical versions/
Of their childhood wills/

4. In their firm beauty/
The vulnerable child lives/
Hidden by Ego/

5. The juvenile traits/
Now adult preferences/
Define who they are/

6a. Parents only watch/
Beautiful flowers blooming/
Planted in their births/

6b. Parents only watch/
Beautiful flowers blooming/
Planted in childhood/

7. We are but the soil/
Our children are enriched by/
They must reach higher/

8. As I witness growth/
I lament all the growth missed:/
Forgiving myself/

9. As their ships depart/
Sailing away happily/
I celebrate loss/

10. Without sacrifice/
There can be no creation/
We grow from our loss/

11. Tremendous lives start/
With submissive surrender/
Because the world’s good*/
#haiku *G_d ?

12. I watch my kids grow/
Knowing I am just their start/
& they are perfect/

Haiku Journal Fire Island Day Seventeen

July 17, 2012

18. I woke late and tired/
Distracted I found routines/
Of soul distraction/

19. I avoided myself/
As I stumbled back to “life”/
I didn’t think much/

20. Facebook & Twitter/
NPR & other tasks/
Stole meditation/

21. Modern rituals/
Of social information/
Kill contemplation/

22. Time spent with myself/
Challenges my “public self”/
Here is where doubt lies/

23a. Thinking of myself/
As a soul that I control/
Shows me how I slack/

23b. Exposing myself/
Examining my routines/
Of selfish comfort/

25. I use rituals/
Regardless of how noble/
To limit myself/

26. I’m alive and free/
Capable of being great/
But that’s not easy/

27. To be truly free/
I must sacrifice comfort/
Of the familiar/

28. The freedom I “want:”/
Described by society/
Is base privilege/

29. The freedom I “need:”/
Spiritual transcendence/
Will cost me comfort/

30. Participation:/
It is easy to enjoy/
Cruel advantages/

31. Eschewing this place/
Of petty petty domination/
Challenges comfort/

32. I worked hard within/
This unfair human system/
To enjoy my place/

33. “Succeeding” suggests/
You must accept this system/
(That you know’s unfair)/

34. I’m doing better/
Because I’m lucky enough/
To exist right here/

35. Less fortunate/
Aren’t any less deserving/
Just more unlucky/

36. I want to transcend/
This venal system of mine/
& be happier/

37. The “revolution”/
I need to happen’s within/
Not political/

38. I’d be happier/
If I corrected myself/
& escaped habit/

39. I am the system/
I despise so thoroughly/
(Though it comforts me)/

40. I’ll work to improve/
Personal behaviors &/