Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
November-December 2004, Volume 2, Number 6

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Kat Avila: Haiku

path to the mission -  
surrounded by  
Catholic school children  
  thin shade of a lamppost . . .
  homeless man trying to catch
sunset: a midday nap
bridge tower shadow  
stretches to Alcatraz Island  
  men working:
  dirt, rocks . . .
jobless - JACKHAMMER!
San Francisco, Tokyo  
looks the same  


Kat Avila has an MA in Communication from the University of California, San Diego. She is a freelance writer who covers Latino and Asian American arts and entertainment. Recently, she spent a year in Tokyo, Japan, to research Japan's animation and comic book industries and the all-female Takarazuka Revue Company (closest equivalent is the all-male Kabuki theatre). Born in Japan, she grew up in the Pacific Rim as a dependent of a US serviceman. Her father wrote and illustrated the book Mexican Ghost Tales of the Southwest. She calls Southern California home, though she hasn't quite settled down yet.