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Dim Empire State

August 3, 2012

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

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

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

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Back Home: Day One

August 1, 2012

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Back in Queens

14. Back after a month/
Nothing here has changed at all/
I will be the change/
#haiku

15. Cities are habits/
Each person’s daily routine/
Cooperates some/
#haiku

16. We rely on these/
Plain repetitive patterns/
To coexist here/
#haiku

Fire Island Day Thirty One (last morning)

July 31, 2012

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10. Vacation’s last day/
Clouds line Eastern horizon:/
Blue skies otherwise/
#haiku

11. Sadness at leaving/
Hides excitement for starting/
The next part of life/
#haiku

12. Tomorrow’s sunrise/
Will observe me at my home/
Thinking of my life/
#haiku

13. Sunrises’ beauty/
Requires human observers/
People make beauty/
#haiku

Fire Island Day 30

July 30, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire Island Day Twenty~Nine

July 29, 2012

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20. Choppy waves below/
Lap insistently under/
Low grey clouds above/
#haiku

21. Cold grey sunrise starts/
Another moist paradise/
For our enjoyment/
#haiku

22. Not appropriate/
For vacation photographs/
But still important/
#haiku

23. Vacation includes/
Cold that dare not speak its name/
Which I must love too/
#haiku

24. Life is not constant/
Comfort or pleasure for us*/
Savor discomfort/
#haiku *Man

25. Discomfort gives us/
Awareness of simple life/
Which is all we have/
#haiku

26. Constant comfort numbs/
Living beings into “selfs:”/
Individuals/
#haiku

27. Individuals:/
People disconnected from/
The flow of living/
#haiku

28. Constant convenience:/
Frictionless living’s unreal*/
Burden still exists/
#haiku *unfair

29. In this universe/
Everything must be done/
By someone someplace/
#haiku

30. The fan that cools you/
Made in a hot factory/
By someone who’s hot/
#haiku

31. Convenience is made/
Available to people/
By someone’s labor/
#haiku

32. Remember to show/
Simplicity’s Gratitude/
When life is easy/
#haiku

33. Enjoy life’s friction/
It is the only measure/
Of reality/
#haiku

34. Cold fingers can hold/
More human reality/
Because of their will/
#haiku

35. Grab life with fingers/
Cold and raw with submission/
To human kindness/
#haiku

Fire Island Day Twenty~Six

July 26, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/
#haiku

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

39. Contemplating life/
& the quiet lapping waves/
Alone with my thoughts/
#haiku (@ Lonelyville) [pic]: 4sq.com/O0zZc2

Fire Island Day Twenty Five

July 25, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fire Island Day 24

July 24, 2012

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

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

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

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

11a. Pointless minutiae:/
Sub-Atomic-Particles:/
Human Existence/
#haiku

11b. Pointless minutiae:/
Sub-Atomic-Particles/
Of our Existence/
#haiku

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

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 23

July 23, 2012

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49. Low tide exposes/
Edges of the Earth Un-used/
‘Cept on occasion/
#haiku

50. The water recedes/
Exposing the underused/
Liminal spaces/
#haiku

51. Land we share with sea/
Under appreciated/
Is under-valued/
#haiku

52. The fecund ocean/
Garlands ev’rything with slime/
To mark her borders/
#haiku

53. The sandy beaches/
Ever changing before surf/
Avoid the sliming/
#haiku

7/23/12

54a. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness before G_d/
Land not exploited/
#haiku

54b. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness ere nature/
Land not exploited/
#haiku

54c. Low tide exposes/
Powerlessness ere nature/
We can’t stop the tide/
#haiku

A Trick of Perception

July 22, 2012

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34. Blithely we accept/
Our unfair advantages/
‘Cause others have more/
#haiku

35. We all need the plans/
Though we resent the planners/
Unwilling to change/
#haiku

36. Organization:/
The necessary evil/
That civilizes/
#haiku

37. Habit and culture/
Organizes most people/
Without their knowing/
#haiku

38. Refusing the plans/
Cultural standards provide/
Means courting stigma/
#haiku

33. “Tawdry” perfect word:/
Contrasting a “checkered past”/
With enlightened “now”/
#haiku