Archive for the ‘visual pun’ Category

New Yorker

May 24, 2015



Vanity license plates imbue
Belongings with dreams we want true
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Wealth

April 3, 2015





Winter’s Filthy Finish

March 13, 2015

Sometime in April under some black crust

This winter’s last filthy snow’ll liquidate 

Spring’s flowers will obscure a world at rust

At snow’s death & decay we’ll celebrate

Hyperart Thomasson Queens

February 28, 2015



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

Strange Fruit

May 24, 2013

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Gooey Black Cover/
Indiscriminately Sticks/
To Modernity/
#haiku

Ghost in the Machine

March 23, 2013

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Monitoring Hand/
Technology assists me/
To overcome fear/
#haiku

Power’s Names

February 15, 2013

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The uncertain hand/
Translates the words for power/
On a New York wall/
#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