Archive for the ‘teens’ Category

Avonte Oquendo New Yorker

January 17, 2014

Avonte Oquendo

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25a. Missing teenager/
#Avonte #Oquendo found/
Mere earthly remains/
#haiku

25. One boy’s tragedy/
Implicates our city’s scale/
Mysterious death/
#haiku

26. A little boy walked/
Away from his school unwatched/
& ended up dead/
#haiku

27. Autistic skill sets/
Hide full human emotions/
#Avonte, I weep!/
#haiku #avonteoquendo

28. Though he wouldn’t speak/
#Avonte was still a child/
With all life’s promise/
#haiku

29. #Schools do a great job/
Though they can’t do ev’rything/
Give them all a #raise!/
#haiku

30. Better paid workers/
Ensure our children’s safety/
Cheapest isn’t best/
#haiku

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Fire Island Day Nineteen

July 19, 2012

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

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

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)/
#haiku

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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