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John Daleiden, US
 

 

 

 

Urban Haiku Sequence

 

...Living in Paradise...
Phoenix, Arizona: April 2011

 

reflections
in the glass building façade

sunrise, sunset…

plugging up
the roof drain pipe

a jenny wren’s nest


incessant
yapping from the rooftop

poodle on a chain


a Cactus Wren
nesting in a saguaro

view from the tenth floor


outside my building
the thump, thump of basketballs

apartment dwelling


at the dumpster
two divers collect a meal

blackbirds circle


sidewalk cafe-
getting a morning jolt
before work


all day
riding the Metro Light Rail

a homeless man


relentless rap beats
pound from an auto boom box

air pollution


red lights flashing
in my rearview mirror

nowhere to stop


bumper to bumper...
on the six lane freeway
a beggar walks by


on every block
new for sale signs

foreclosure paradise


smog alert

perhaps it is Indians
who hide the mountains


red traffic lights
in all four directions
power failure


late for work

an overpass jumper
gridlocks traffic


stuck between floors
in an elevator
her passionate kiss


scent of coffee
in the office canteen
hanky-panky


one day left
on the old calendar…
moved
office closed


“donate your coins
to the needy victims…”
unemployment line


a street corner
flower girl sells red roses

happy birthday!


in the ER
rows of air crash victims

triage in the streets


at the airport
all flights cancelled

travelers sleep standing


hours after
the last call for drinks

sirens in the streets


red, yellow, green

in the night silence
a traffic light
glows


the night desert air
a relief from daytime sun

awake before dawn

at first light
a streetsweeper cleans the street

the twitter of birds

 

 

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