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First Date Nerves

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She is beautiful.
…And I am a potato
Wearing a nice shirt.

Another Cricket Haiku Partnership: Bowled

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I
Little red martyr
Bouncing awkwardly and then-
Bails fall, shouts of joy.

II
Devil-red missile
Bounces, instincts failing him-
Long walk; head kept down.

The Soldier

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The soldier starts his day,
pulls on his armour.
Testing out his lungs he finds
the constriction has become comfort.
Fills out his underwear with
a little something extra:
he is the man who wears 
three socks a day!
One for the left foot,
one for the right and
one to cushion the blow
when he tries to scratch his balls.

Clothes are his camouflage:
legs not shapely, no,
but, having shape, hide within 
shapeless jeans and
the belt loops tight around 
his narrow waist.
Shoes are clunky, add height,
while layers bulk him out.

No war paint for this soldier,
nor weapon neither:
he turns his key in the lock 
and faces the battlefield.

Haiku: Physicists

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Self-aware atoms
Delve deeper into themselves,
Try to find meaning.

Requiem Upon a Fallen Tree

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The morning after the storm,
I saw a Tree had come down:
Old, grown strong from nothing,
Now dead, torn up at the roots.
We went down to mourn it. You
showed me how the roots were weak,
kicked at the rotted wood;
chopped it up for firewood as I watched.
Had the wind not blown so fiercely,
Had it not lashed out at our Tree,
We would never have known of the rot-
Tree might even have flourished.
“But,” you point out. “The tree knew.”
The tree knew.

Cricket Haiku Partnership

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Touring Australia

Late night radio-
Tired, eagerly awaiting
Soul Limbo’s rhythm.

After Touring Australia

Haunted, washed-out face,
Questioning why you ever
Stay up for cricket.