Thursday, November 20, 2008

Watching Late Night TV

little classifieds
in papers across the States
I will soon be rich!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Addicted to the Web

coffee house wifi
can be a blessing or curse
hyped up on caffeine

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Crack and Hematoma

falling on the ground
results in a hairline crack
I guess I'm a klutz

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's Hilton's Fault

early morning sight
windows blocked - can't see beyond
oh wait fog outside

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Alas They Lost

flood of blue and green
cuts off safe passage to home
I hope the Hawks won

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Post

books arrive in mail
on top of the bills and junk
a mixed bag today

Friday, November 14, 2008

SPL

diamond shaped windows
overlooks both 4th and 5th
downtown library

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dark Skies or No...

grey skies threaten rain
errands still have to be run
Seattle winter

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Trash Buffet

tempting styrofoam
lures crow into garbage can
uneaten fries - Score!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day 2008

flowers lay near wall
the Garden of Remembrance
honors those who died




Veteran's Day 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Coolness Rejected

hat with bunny ears
freakishly small baby head
alas head goes bare

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bookstore Sunday

Elliot Bay Trip
on the hunt for a good book
alas none for me


Elliot Bay Book Company

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Lattes and Laptops

cafe courtesy
few outlets many laptops
make room for the cord

Friday, November 7, 2008

Jeeezus!

setting up meeting
herding wild and vicious cats
not much difference

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Art Walk 11/6/08

Angle Gallery
photographs of fishing boats
covering the walls

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Death with Dignity

terminally ill
you should have the right to choose
to end needless pain


Thanks to everyone that helped out on the Yes on I-1000! campaign. We WON!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Yes We Can

Obama has won
we must begin the real work
now that we have hope


WOO HOO!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Life in the Square IV

out of the sewer
rat scurries across the road
into construction

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Angry Dinos

Rossi fan attacks
when confronted with the truth
hey asshole grow up

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween...pfft

no ghost or goblins
are as scary as The Square
on Saturday night

Friday, October 31, 2008

I Hope So...

Sarah Palins walk
like zombies looking for brains
downtown Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rain City I

dodging cars and bums
walking up hills in the rain
Seattle winter

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Phil's Laws

God wants a flat tax?
which bible are you reading,
the one for nut jobs?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Argh!

don't give a deadline
when you need something before
the established time

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Yah for Variety

when pasta with sauce
and ramen are normal fare
mashed potatoes rule

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Zeitgeist I

baby carriage sticks
a stranger opens the door
thus faith is restored

Friday, October 24, 2008

Give and Take

the ocean takes lives
as it give its life to us
nature is balance

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fall Cloudbreak

sun's out, jacket off
ignore cool breeze across Sound
bask in the glow now

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

View From the Square

the glow from the west
illuminates the buildings
glass sparkles, brick glows

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

On Being an Intern

boring little jobs
that have to be done right now
the life of interns

Monday, October 20, 2008

Jobs Jobs Jobs

applying for jobs
selling your experience
in one page or less

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Simple Thoughts

traffic congestion
get cars and trucks off the road
try using your feet

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Think of the Trees...

when you buy paper
look for post-consumer waste
recycled content


What you need to know about recycled paper, from Treecycle.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Write the Truth

writing the good fight
we can make a difference
telling folks the truth

Thursday, October 16, 2008

You ARE democracy in action

if your ballot comes
or if you cast at the polls
please get out and vote

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Strategy

the end is in site...
ok, don't fuck it up now
the new strategy

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The REAL Joe - Cuppa Joe

water heats, steams milk
caffeine extracted from beans
the nectar arrives

Monday, October 13, 2008

Something Day

Columbus left Spain
searching for wealth from spices
instead he found slaves

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fake Money

market's up then down
economy is whim based
hostage of Wall Street

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Grocery Shopping 2008 part II

when food costs rise
top ramen with mac and cheese
are the new staples

Those Damn Liberals

policemen, firemen, roads
safe food, clean air and water
thank the "nanny state"

Friday, October 10, 2008

Living in the Square III

drunk enters lobby
security says to leave
drunk gives a salute

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Support the ACLU

the right to free speech
shall not be abridged by law
made by the Congress


American Civil Liberties Union

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

OpEd

write well write often
when it hits you will know then
it was worth it all

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Get off My Lawn II

Old Man McCain walks
behind Obama on stage
is he doddering?

Monday, October 6, 2008

exhaustion floods mind
lay yourself down on the bed
sleep, oh precious sleep

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Rice "Milk"?

you have to wonder
what they squeeze to the milk
out of a rice plant

Saturday, October 4, 2008

sometimes living life
seems like walking a treadmill
going no where fast

Friday, October 3, 2008

Ya You Betcha I Can Debate

memorize the "facts"
regurgitate on demand
you can debate too

Thursday, October 2, 2008

No Kau-Kau for you!

waiting for take out
good friends are bringing hot food
alas! they failed us

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Metro Newfie

big dog rides the bus
slobbers all over the floor
leaves all with a smile


Newfoundland dogs.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sheen vs DWD

actor presidents
have to throw in their 2 cents
how much will it count

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lobby Wireless

will strange man outside
who evilly glares at me
please just move along

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Seattle Waterfront

strolling the boardwalk
cold breeze signals summer's end
coffee warms your hands

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Hilton

cat sleeps in a ball
dreams of mischief and chaos
oh God, he's awake



Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Intercracknet

it's an addiction
going on the web to play
alas it's gone now

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cap is Dead

no superhero
can fly in and save the day
we must save ourselves


Cap, Superman

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Feeding Mr. W

striped cat with no tail
waits patiently for wet food
here it comes, whoopie!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Klinger...meet Paulson. Paulson, Klinger.

crossdressing soldiers
treasury secretaries
both love section eight

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Vote and Get Involved

why do the pundits
tell stars to shut up and sing
they are voters too


"You can't stop being a citizen just because you have a Screen Actors' Guild card." Paul Newman - a good man. R.I.P.

Bus Characters...

old man spins a tale
gullible young girl believes
both leave with smiles

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ain't no Justice

bailing out the banks
taxpayers pay to save them
bankers get off free

Friday, September 19, 2008

Ain't Capitalism Grand

free market is great
rich are free to get richer
we all have to pay


$500 freakin' billion?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Vermont Squeezins

grade A dark amber
flows smoothly over pancakes
good on ice cream too

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Would you believe.....?

twenty-four percent.
Americans will believe
anything they hear

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It's Not So Hard

paper or plastic
twenty cents is no hardship
if you just re-use

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mr. Gecko is Doing Fine... How About You?

stocks tumble jobs fly
banks fail mortgages default
greed is not so good

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hunting?

running across snow
shadows fall over the pack
thundering death roars



They call it hunting?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Moose Drool

ungulate slobber
drunk from a cold brown bottle
bites then goes down smooth


Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewery

This haiku was the haiku of the day at Beer Haiku Daily.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sept 2008

pale and old running
their lies flying left and right
will the folk believe?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Seven Years

you are only free
if you choose not to let fear
keep you from living

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Integrity

knowing the truth hurts
admitting when you are wrong
and taking your lumps

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Take Me Out...

paired with beer and bun
nothing tastes like a hot dog
don't ask what's inside

Monday, September 8, 2008

Puget Sound Sunday

osprey float above
white waves crash the rocky shore
salt tang in the air

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Haiku Definition 1

care for your country
change the course when it is wrong
patriotism

Saturday, September 6, 2008

I Guess the Yanks are Playing the Mariners Today

the two Yankees fans
looking for brown bagged coffee?
nope, none in Zeitgeist



Zeitgeist on the corner of 2nd & Jackson has the best coffee in Pioneer Square as well as being a cool place to hang out and work on your computer.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Nothing to Haiku About

I can suffer from
a lack of inspiration
when I haiku - sock

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Art Walk at Kerrie's Studio

wild dogs and coyotes
art that inspires feelings
each must find themselves



Note: In this case coyotes is pronounced ky-yotes with 2 syllables.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Night at Safeway

crazy screaming guy
emerges from the darkness
to scream in the store

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

It's Good to Excel at Something

abuse of power
not only Republican
but they do it well

Monday, September 1, 2008

Whsew. That was close.

Republicans meet
Bush and Cheney flee the scene
thankful for Gustav


Seriously.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

And Now For Something...Well Not COMPLETELY Different

what's wrong with Palin
Monty Python's a good show
hey. wait. Alaska?


For those of you who are clueless. Monty Python. Gov. Sarah Palin

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sugar! Sugar! Sugar!

Jones Pure Cane Soda
no corn syrup in this can
just yummy goodness


Jones Soda is a cool local Seattle company that switched all of their soda over to 100% cane sugar a while ago. If you can find it where you live give it a try its much better than the stuff Coke and Pepsi put out.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Posse Comitatus

does doing the right
sometimes means doing the wrong
for the greater good


I just watched the West Wing episode Posse Comitatus where, among other things, President Bartlett orders the assassination of Sharif the Defense Minister of Qumar because Sharif is plotting terrorist attacks against the U.S. This episode is one of the best because of the way it weaves several plot lines together to tell a greater story. Posse Comitatus always makes me think of whether the ends can justify the means in all cases.

Monday, August 25, 2008

I <3 Pioneer Square

the ambulance stops
outside of the Morrison
twenty times a day

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday Blah

rainy August night
so much for warm sunny days
global climate change?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

iPhone envy

sitting before me
you play with your fancy phone
I deserve it more

Friday, August 22, 2008

Ah College...

oh Bacardi rum
why did I ever mix you
with Dr. Pepper?



This is a true story. One Saturday night my roommate Mike and I were down to a bottle of Bacardi 151 and a 2 liter bottle of Dr. Pepper and thought...what the heck, how bad could it be. NEVER. EVER. MIX. BACARDI 151. WITH. DR. PEPPER.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Living in the Square

walking from the bus
dodging bums and drug dealers
another day done

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

SUGAR!

real coca-cola
comes only from mexico
no corn syrup there



This haiku brought to you by Kerrie, my wonderful wife who stumbled into a strange grocery store in Rainier and found some rare Coca-Cola with REAL sugar. Apparently they only make it in Mexico for some reason. *cough* corn lobby *cough*

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

It's Pretty Easy to be Green

think before you buy
reduce, re-use, recycle
Earth saving mantra

Monday, August 18, 2008

Drink Cool

bottle cap pops off
sip, taste the frothy goodness
Newcastle Brown Ale


Gee, now I'm a published poet.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Stanky

guys smoking stogies
in front of the coffee shop
twenty-five feet? NOT!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ware the Happy Cat

scratching striped cat's chin
purring bliss is the reward
then bloody scratches

Friday, August 15, 2008

Pioneer Square Night - the Good

city gulls fly by
glowing white against the dark
lit from down below

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hot hot hot

hot day lemonade
airconditioned theater
summer in August

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Striped Cat

cat sits patiently
staring at the ball of yarn
waiting for his chance

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Do you hear something?

fire alarm rings
nobody else seems to hear
I hope its not real

Monday, August 11, 2008

Break Now

a ten hour day
too many cups of coffee
back in five minutes

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The West Wing and On Writing

facing the blank page
no inspiration to write
I think I need pie


deadline approaches
white page dares me to write
challenge accepted

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Grocery Shopping 2008

weekly shopping trip
food prices have gone crazy
one hundred dollars

Friday, August 8, 2008

Walking in Seattle

friday afternoon
commuters wait for their bus
clogging the sidewalk

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Over $500

national health care
the rich folks really don't care
if you live or die

Art Walk in Pioneer Square

downtown first thursday
wandering people browse art
three hours is too long

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Kerrie's Haiku-A-Day

My wife Kerrie may be joining me in posting haiku. I want her to commit to doing at least one a day but she wont so I guess I'll take what I can get.

A Very Talented Lion

woman attacked by
machete wielding lion
most lions use claws

Here is the article that inspired this poem:

Woman riding a donkey fights off lion with machete
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- A Mexican woman said she fought a 500-pound lion with a machete near the resort city of Acapulco and scared him away. Celsa Aleman said she and her 7-year-old niece were riding a donkey Monday along a road when the lion went after the animal's legs.

The 35-year-old woman says she found the courage to fight the lion because she thought it would attack her niece. She hit the animal with a machete until the beast ran away. Aleman and her niece were unharmed.

The state government said in a statement that the lion had escaped from a private zoo owned by a former local congressman.

It said the animal killed two dogs and ate a pig before it was sedated and taken back to the zoo.


I'm glad the woman and her niece are ok, but honestly, doesn't anyone at AP read over these things before they put them out?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Written in Zeitgeist coffee - autobiographical

why does my head pound
there was no drinking last night
please save me caffeine

Why Haiku-A-Day?

I've been writing haiku for a long time...oh probably about 10 years or so. Mostly, I just write them down on pieces of paper and promptly lose them. At one point I started writing them down in a notebook I carried in my pocket (along with various grand schemes and ideas) but I was mugged and the muggers got away with my notebook thinking it was my wallet. (Yeah not the smartest muggers in the world.)

So anyway, why haiku-a-day? I decided to do this for two reasons; to encourage me to write more and to keep me from losing all of the haiku I do write. I welcome any comments but no spam please.