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Live Oak Haiku by Grant Cross


Live Oak Haiku by Grant M Cross

Photography by ”Joobie” John Fleury Cover layout by “Cluck” Alvarado


What do I discern Lurking beneath your sorrows? Is that happiness?

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Further from the truth I was born a ramblin’ man Closer to death, God

Prance around the room Wood antlers, wooden partner Tango with the broom

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Collapse imminent Prepare for Armageddon Microwave popcorn

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Applaud the unknown We don’t know what we’re missing Possibilities

Bang, bang on the door Having just removed my pants I reply “hang on”

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Secrecy undone Spineless unfathomable Going out of style

After the attack I went to your dad’s shack & took a hot nap

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Juggle or play catch What it does, I do I am my worry

Unfounded concerns Transfer them into my account I will deal with them

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Win, lose, or tie, Dad Teach me how to tie a tie Worn loose or tightened

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Generous portions Gregarious hostesses Gift economy

Low-income housing Stretching for miles & miles Low or no income

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Get a part-time job Get another part-time job Quit your full-time job

Chop, chop, chopping wood Time is money, after all Trees growing slowly

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When I had a grand I’ll be honest, it was grand Decadent even

Loud louder loudest Situation clarity Low-end distortion

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  Time travelers throw stones Teleport point of impact Time traveler throws stones

Million-dollar car Most expensive thing I own Besides my garage

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Do me a favor Transfer me off the island It’s full of bad vibes 

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No delicacies Delicatessens are fine But I draw the line

Pleasantries aside We do have surplus pleasure We’re looking to lease

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Not much time left now Your cell phone our only light The long night ahead

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What would we do if How I love falling in love Was how you fear death?

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I thought about it & I want you to feel good & make good choices

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Give speechlessness space Go silently toward the night Listen intently

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To tell you the truth I am sick & tired of men Behaving like boys

Exotic felines Undercover as housecats Wait for the signal

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Some of my friend’s friends Don’t know who they belong to Beats me, ask your friend

Simultaneously Amend two constitutions Consecutively

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Survivalist films Reveal the real animals Let’s have a party! 

Leper colony Founded by leprechaun monks Funded with gold coins

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Mansion on the hill Dormitory on the beach Lounge on the sea floor

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Give it up for her Alright, give it up for me Now give it back down

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Trampoline headache I think my brain hit my skull All that up & down

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The blank page stare down The self-referential start The redundant task

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To describe your sex In a mine shaft on a cart It’s like crème brûlée

Lengthy conclusions Intermittent decisions Short inventory

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Fifty/fifty chance We either die or survive Double down on death

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Oh, what have I done? I know what I did, but why? Why did I do it?

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Heart attack victim I lack your sincerity Go home, get some sleep

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She was naming names She was going out on dates With entrepreneurs

Waiting for the bus Are you reading my haiku? This is just a test

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Water, air, & land The only things worth loving Here on planet Earth

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Can I fit one more Exploratory finger Beyond the threshold?

Free range humble pie The burden we must endure To bring home the goods

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Terminology Language’s end-all-be-all For the time being

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Zine Series #2 2011


Live Oak - book 2 of Haiku by Grant Cross