Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Snapshots in (amateur) haiku

I've been reading haiku lately and it put me in the mood, my lack of poetic talent notwithstanding. Also, I'm kind of long winded, so it's a nice change. Here, our winter break in snapshots, in haiku (with my son's photos, of course).


Clear December night.
He was not ready to sleep.
We watched stars blink on.

Me and son in tears,
and husband mad, in parked car.
We'll be a minute.

Lizard grips his hand;
a blue tail snakes down his wrist.
Reptile whisperer.

Cat barf in my toes
Two innocent, purring lumps.
Adorable fakers.

"You're covered," he says
"Mom, Dad got white stuff on you."
We snicker like teens.

Three AM. Poking.
Jabs in the boobs. What the hell?
Cat nuts in my face.

Giant soda, mine.
Morning caffeine fix. Thanks, babe.
Best husband ever.

Roadrunner watches,
crest raised, as we inch closer.
A quarter moon rises.

Hugging me, son sings.
No particular reason.
God I love this kid.

At last, I beat him.
"Good," he says, patronizing.
Damn video game.

He pedals too fast.
The sun makes eyelash rainbows
As I squint to see.

I lose track of time.
Attentive mothering FAIL.
Fudge makes it better.


Can I have more fudge?
Eat your macaroni first.
Meanest mom ever.

Slumped on me, he reads
about prehistoric worlds.
Quetzalcoatlus.

I could tell the one
with his friend, and the hugging --
but he might kill me.

10 comments:

ck said... Best Blogger Tips

Your son really took these photos? Wow.

And I LOVE your haiku. So glad you captured your cat experiences them with words and not photos!

Kim Hosey said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you! He really did. He's a better photographer than most adults I know. Sometimes better than me, which is both awesome and infuriating.

I first captured the cat experiences with other words, but they're not too fit for poetry, even crappy poetry.

Out-Numbered said... Best Blogger Tips

Not half bad my friend. Thanks for the link back... Cheers. Cat Nuts? Classic.

Leslie F. Miller said... Best Blogger Tips

Hahahahahaahahaha. That is hilarious. I'm especially intrigued by dad getting white stuff on you.

Kim Hosey said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Jason. Yours are pretty cool too.

Thanks, Leslie. The "white stuff" was snow. Definitely a novelty in our lives.

Diane AZ said... Best Blogger Tips

The photos are truly awesome, beautiful colors and composition, and I love reading your haiku. Great post!

Lindy MacDuff said... Best Blogger Tips

Your son has a gift for beautiful photos.

Thanks for visiting my photoblog. I was admiring all the beautiful sunset photos on yours. Yes, I miss AZ something fierce!

Michael Aaron Hansen said... Best Blogger Tips

I really enjoyed the haiku and the photos! Both were awesome and highly entertaining.

Michael Aaron Hansen said... Best Blogger Tips

I really enjoyed the haiku and the photos! Both were awesome and highly entertaining.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

So wonderful! The haikus and photos, all awesome. Thank you.