5 & 7 & 5

      by Anselm Hollo

 

 

follow that airplane

of course I’m high   this is

an emergency

 

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giant Scots terrier

I thought I saw was known as

Taxicab Mountain

 

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brown photo   legend

“serene enjoyment” they suck

pipes bones crumbled back

 

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night train whistles   stars

over a nation under

mad temporal czars

 

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round lumps of cells grow

up to love porridge   later

become The Supremes

 

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lady I lost my

subway token   we must part

it’s faster by air

 

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“but it’s our world”

tiny blue hands and green arms

your thought in my room

 

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sweet bouzouki sound

another syntax for heads

up to the aether

 

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in you the in moon

its rays entwined in my mind’s

hair   hangs down right in

 

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viewing the dragon

there they ride slim through my dream

Carpaccio’s pair

 

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slow bloom inside you

the mnemonics of loving

incessant chatter

 

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far shore Ferris wheel

turning glowing humming   love

in our lit-up heads

 

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switch them to sleep now

the flying foxes swarm out

great   it’s flurry time

 

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wind rain you and me

went looking for a new house

o the grass grows loud

 

 

From Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence, Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, 2001. Originally from his book Haiku, published in 1968.