Selected One-Liners

In Japan, haiku is written in a single line vertically. Some poets and translators have proposed that haiku in English should also be in one line, but horizontally. The following are selections of my one-line haiku, sometimes also called monostich haiku, together with a few minimalist poems that might not be haiku. Publication credits appear at the end. See also “Blips.”

 

 

 

 

 

aftershocked

 

 

 

 

 

an ant in the shadow of the pebble I kicked

 

 

 

 

 

a robin’s song     the next hospital bed now empty

 

 

 

 

 

at the end of the grey horizon                              a ship

 

 

 

 

 

at the end of the valley         birdsong

 

 

 

 

 

beach silence       i wade the wind

 

 

 

 

 

blown to the end of the lake an old rowboat

 

 

 

 

 

camel’s hump          the hidden pyramid

 

 

 

 

 

deserted park     hail on the chessboard

 

 

 

 

 

discussing steaks new vegetarians

 

 

 

 

 

dust hovers above the road at sunset

 

 

 

 

 

fear of miscarriage          end of war

 

 

 

 

 

firelight       in and out of tinsel

 

 

 

 

 

fog

 

 

 

 

 

foghorn

 

 

 

 

 

from horizon to horizon the milky way

 

 

 

 

 

jaywalkingthedog

 

 

 

 

 

kicking acorns the bough cracks

 

 

 

 

 

pallbearers pause          dust motes slowly falling

 

 

 

 

 

playing whist again her wistful smile

 

 

 

 

 

pop fly sound of clapping chairs

 

 

 

 

 

potatoes eyeing me eyeing potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

second trimester       we name our cars

 

 

 

 

 

slow along the knife edge the chef’s pinkie

 

 

 

 

 

spring wind spreads the pine needles

 

 

 

 

 

startling naked lovers       the moo

 

 

 

 

 

still heron   stills me

 

 

 

 

 

2 a.m. the sleeping pill ad

 

 

 

 

 

under the bridge the road changing pitch

 

 

 

 

 

waiting waiting the train with no caboose

 

 

 

 

 

These poems previously appeared in Black Bough, Brevities, Carved on a Beach (Toronto, Ontario: Haiku Canada, 2002), Fig Newtons (Foster City, California: Press Here, 1993), Frogpond, Haiku Canada Newsletter, Haiku Friends (Osaka, Japan: Print 819, 2009), Mirrors, Modern Haiku, Northwest Literary Forum, Origin, Raw Nervz, South by Southeast, Still, Tremors (Foster City, California: Press Here, 1990), WinterSpin, Wisteria, and Woodnotes. Many poems also appeared in the “Chairs Askew,” “Moving Day,” “Pop Fly,” and “The Sandpiper’s Song” broadsides.