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Winter 2006, vol 4 no 4


Patrick Sweeney


a waste place
how then
the silver-spotted hesperid
  sulphur butterfly:
why do you come
as a drunken man
on what other planet
the shadow
of bamboo
  up close
sea cucumber
have we met
deep snow
from the back of the house
she only sings the chorus

Patrick Sweeney Patrick Sweeney is an elementary school teacher living in Misawa, Japan. Pat and his wife, Amy, have been married for twenty-three years. They have two children, Norah and Eamonn.

Patrick first learned about haiku at the Saint Francis College Library from a 25-cent "officially withdrawn" copy of Nancy Wilson Ross's East-West Anthology. Patrick is originally from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.