Alibi V.22 No.49 • Dec 5-11, 2013 

Feature: All Entries

Basho in the Hizzouse: Traditional

All entries, unedited

Haiku submits self
Writing and reading in loop
Program never halts

White sage, grass, hills.
The Rio Peñasco is
a valley of ghosts.

The sun is a
jealous lover. Ask the shadow
cast far from her arms.

Winter shivers into
a morning’s stifled yawn. Breath
appears and then is gone

I Ching cherries fall.
Find order in the leaves.
Winter is almost here.

The thorn in your eye
exists to remind you of
the way hearts flower.

Chaos painted upon
the ground. Autumn leaves
break in fractal waves.

Flowers bloom, then die
in sudden downpours. Birth
is followed by endings.
–Zachary Kluckman

the nape of my neck
attention AY ES AY PE
lick bite suck me plee

Cherry blossoms like
Tears on mass graves of the found
Watch the sea, and pray
–Julie Hansel

I eat pancakes for
breakfast every fuckin'
morning. Power fuel.
–Clyde Drexler

I took out all my
teeth, except 8 of 'em, just
to look like a kid.
–Hakeem Olajuwon

Water drips
Sparkly snow melts
–Zia Gardner

These hot tears burn when
I foresee the endless plain
of life without you.
–Laura Weisberg

Sky-buried horse flies
Dark-winged across sky pleated
With bone-white cloud ribs.
–Laura Weisberg

Is this class done yet?
Oh my God, it is so long.
Like Charlie Brown wah wah wah.
–Arvin Bhullar

Gertrude Girls
Gracing the freeway, Smiling yet saddened
By their boss loss
–Jeannette Alderete

Ice cream or brownie
Speck of dust in universe
Why not both today
–Clara Rempe

The fourth of July
honors the good tradition
of blowing shit up.
–Jordan Ganz

Crescent harvest moon
Sailors death ring - low in sky
Smiling Cheshire cat.
–D Robb

Damn it all to hell
That's my alibi and I
Am sticking to it.
–Dennis L. Gray

Ever go Bowl drunk
Throw your balls in the gutter
Bar has karaoke.
–Dennis L. Gray

Glass beyond limits.
A thousand splintering chards.
Squash roasting gone bad.

Autumn days transform
Not only leaves, but my soul
I am free to fly
–Leesa McVay

dripping with laughter
i want to be as dry as
his sense of humor
–Kevyn Tompkins de Garcia

Cloudy moments bite
At my spirit tearing at
The will in my shell
–Franklin Jones

Unable to sleep
I watch the full summer moon;
crickets sing sad songs.
–Chris Guider

Who could forget the
House with the Quagmire? House
My mother showed me.
–Laura Weisberg

Soft lonely woodland
Crisp snow fallen –but- the sound
Deafens all but me
–Graham Gentz

Hot summer night - thorn
Apple blossoms opening
Only to the moon.
–Richard M. Fye

Spring Runoff
Cold, unrelenting
torrent turns grit into mud-
stones knock together.
–Denise Claeys

Cowgirl Apocalypse Haiku #83
Hummingbird weaves through
lemons and bees, stitching fresh
blooms into nectar.
–Denise Claeys

Beautiful lady
Once loving and kind now cold
Wife watching judging

Not a fairy tale,
the truth. With you I am
finally real.
–Vanessa Abbott

If only life was
a game of musical chairs
up,loud,and dancing.
–franchesca montoya

Oblique metaphors are
Basho's mind games that tease
Notions of reality.
–Alaine Daly

Hey stay connected
Read your Alibi today
And plan tomorrow
–tara thomas

Benign horseshoe crab
primitive dweller of depths
we hail the humble!
–Chris Chapin

fall leaf withering
detachment, path to the ground
erratic freefall
–Chris Chapin

On a curvy wall glowing
Telling the season
–Mark Nolan

Our privacy wall
the space filled with native trees
now a bird refuge
–Mark Nolan

Your forbidden words -
silent leaves falling still I
explore and adore
–Allan Sauter

City life vivid
Cries out for help with sadness
It stays forever
–Kaylene Concho

The Butterfly rests
it has finished the circle
The end of its life.
–Lacie McCrory

why hurt the ones you
love, when you can hurt ones you
hate, love ones you have
–Cassandra Encinias

fast car s.t.i.
sixth gear to reach 150
spool the turbo up
–Antonio Cabrera

looking for beauty
sees it hanging over him
the forbidden fruit
–Jacob Sanchez

Today's a good day
we all just sit around and play
then talk and walk away
–Jasmine Salazar

I love johnny depp
johnny depp is awesome
johnny depp is great
–Monique Cadena

third base player
i hit a home run one time
my girlfriend liked it
–David Montes

apples on the ground
soft thumps forecast the season
deer feast quietly
–Sherry Brockett

birdsong fills morning
until foreboding silence
hawk circles above
–Sherry Brockett

all day birds visit
birdbath for quick splash & drink
cat crouches close by
–Sherry Brockett

My heart bleeds
like a petal being pulled
from a lonely flower.
–Aaron Lollis

cupcakes cupcakes mmm
eat'um up like lolly pops
they are like the moon
–terri simmons

It's one thing to be;
an asshole, A whole other
Not to know, Asshole
–Ms. R

In conversation
You touched my hand lightly—
Cherry blossom rain
–David Naquin

pink cherry blossoms
the bees collect their nectar—
sweet cakes for my love
–David Naquin

On Enlightenment
He fishes deep pools,
With careful steps on slick rocks --
A splash! And he's gone.
–David Naquin

one can see their breath
rolling silently like fog
into the morning
–todd eddy

with one swift motion
the sharpened axe splits the air
and then splits the wood
–todd eddy

against a blue sky
long tail trailing in the breeze
flies a child’s red kite
–todd eddy

smoke rises slowly
we seek purification
with cedar and sage
–todd eddy

one cold, grey morning
a blizzard of emotions
love lost in winter
–todd eddy

biting winter wind
flannel shirt keeps nothin’ out
got no one to call
–todd eddy

The leaves fall around us,
this is their way declaring love.
This is the trees way.

rain, falling light on
the roof, heavy in my heart
think i'll stay inside.
–albuquerque turkey

God watches over
drunks and fools; it's good to be
a double winner.
–albuquerque turkey

As the wind breezes
Across the world. I see the
summer flowers depart
–Lancinito Clitso

Life unspools quickly
A bobbin pawed by the cat
Now it is winter
–Bill Diven

From frost-withered vine-
last morning glory
–Larry Elmore

My past, as dry as
planets without warmth of sun,
or me, without you
–Richard Wolfson

Snow day. Fresh coffee.
Olfactory poetry.
Under covers, dog.
–Rogi Riverstone

Sliding through shadows
Wilting in the light of day
I beg you please don't go
–Riley Soper

Sliding through shadows
Wilting in the light of day
I beg you, don't go.
–Riley Soper

The joy of the dark
Embrace the twisted darkness
–Riley Soper

The moon sneezes,the
villagers flee in terror,
typhoon is singing.
–Richard Wolfson

My ship is sinking,
I feel myself falling down
Words like glub gurg blurg
–Kolya Venturi

Emma Bovary, c’est moi!
madame bovary
checked my expiration date
and smiled knowingly
–emily parker

a looking glass self
denied me my repentance
but spared me my soul
–emily parker

woman is a ship
either built in a bottle
or put out to sea
–emily parker

lay me out gently
i want them to see my life
not my cause of death
–emily parker

Never wrote haiku
But I assume it's like an
–Dusty McGowan

I cried a river
Then drowned in my tears
Now I am a fish
–Esperanza Gonzales

Wildflower fields
hung colorful heads downward
under raindrops' weight

Startingly vibrant
yet varied hues of green sway
twinkling with the wind

Rocky trails take us
hiking together until
the moon guides our way.

Eagles wait lakeside
then dip, talons first, grabbing
unsuspecting fish

White pillow clouds hang
between alpine mountain peaks
under clear blue sky

Reserviour water
ripples at rocky edges
thick with algae bloom
–Jessica Mills

I swam in my tears
dived in the dirty rivers
we drink from his cup

Like a willow tree
crying our love and emotion
eyes wet in twister
–Rosie Samudio

Waxing moon rises,
crescent shaped like a sickle,
over the mountains.
–Ben John

Consciousness transmutes
Cocooning caterpillars
into butterflies
–Chris Patchett

Beware the hidden
Hand of Benevolence, which
Ties a crooked noose.
–Kevin WetSpot

Bare trees' mouths scatter the ground:
Leafy camouflage fallen,
dead, abandoned nests.
–Ronald Reed

Nearly everything
Is more interesting when viewed
–Kevin WetSpot

Past autumn glory
Before winter's chilly wind
A fallow beauty
–Peter B. Ives

The badlands are good
Their uninviting landscape
Saving the terrain
–Peter B. Ives

I hate when people
Say "No Biggie" because it
Reminds me he's gone.
–Kevin WetSpot

Painfully cold wind
My knuckles blister in it
Please let me back in
–William Bolt

Be at peace, sit still
Seven holy directions
Still, flying through space

We were little kids
full of hope and innocence
What happened to us?
–Matthew Thompson

Between life and death
the only guarantee is
Life begins and ends
–Jamal Molina