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Spring 2008, vol 6 no 1
 

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli

 

SPORTS

 

AM radio dial —
lights up with the roar
of a ball game

Barry George

 

sports bar
the barmaid
knows the score

Bill Kenney

 

last second field goal...
for the fifth straight week
my bookie wins

Ed Markowski

 

after watching
the football game
he does some pushups

Bob Brill

 

sumo highlights
changing a diaper
in the tv's glare

Bob Lucky

 

basketball game —
off court, opposing fathers
take some shots

Bob Lucky

 

Another great win:
the coach tells us everything
we did wrong

Jesse McGowan

 

Blowing a kiss
to his boyfriend,
captain of the rugby team.

Alexis Rotella

 

on a date
the hockey player
finally scores

Alan Pizzarelli

 

Old boxer
telling a joke,
forgets the punch line.

Alexis Rotella

 

end of fifth round
the boxer goes
to the wrong corner

Jörgen Johansson

 

her first bowling ball
ended
on the neighboring lane

Jörgen Johansson

 

cold coffee...
explaining cricket
to the baseball fan

Matthew Paul

 

Spring tryouts
the short kid
shows up first

Efren Estevez

 

pop up
lost in the insect swarm —
infield fly rule

Mathew Spano

 

up from Pawtucket
his error in slow-mo
on the centerfield scoreboard

Ed Markowski

 

sports stadium:
she throws the keys perfectly
into his hands

Kala Ramesh

 

leaning for the sign
the pitcher rotates the ball
behind his back

Alan Pizzarelli

 

after confession
father shows us
how to throw a spitter

Ed Markowski

 

co-ed softball
the batter steals a glance
at the catcher's cleavage

Mathew Spano

 

beer league softball
a pitch down the middle brushes
the batter's belly

Ed Markowski

 

having an affair
with his buddy's wife
the DH

Brenda Gannam

 

shaken off a second time
the catcher flashes his
middle finger

Ed Markowski

 

Bottom of the ninth
    in the dugout
        a row of bent heads.

Arizona Zipper

 

tagged for the last out
our son cries on the steps
as I take off his cleats

David Kelly-Hedrick

 

tournament day
putting on his golf socks
with a hole in one

Carol Raisfeld

 

on seventeen he
  hits the sand he hits the sand
    he hits he hits hits….

Barry George

 


Credits:

"blowing a kiss" and "Old Boxer" from OUCH: Senryu That Bite, Modern English Tanka Press, copyright © 2007 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

"Spring tryouts" from bottle rockets vol.8 no 1, copyright © 2006 by Efren Estevez; by permission of the author.

"leaning for the sign" from Baseball Haiku — American and Japanese Haiku and Senryu on Baseball — edited by Cor van den Heuvel, W.W. Norton & Company, copyright © 2007 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.

"having an affair" from Baseball Haiku — American and Japanese Haiku and Senryu on Baseball — edited by Cor van den Heuvel, W.W. Norton & Company, copyright © 2007 by Brenda Gannam; by permission of the author.

"Bottom of the ninth" from Baseball Haiku — American and Japanese Haiku and Senryu on Baseball - edited by Cor van den Heuvel, W.W. Norton & Company, copyright © 2007 by Arizona Zipper; by permission of the author.

"on seventeen" from Modern Haiku 36:3, copyright © 2005 by Barry George; by permission of the author.


 

FAMILY AFFAIRS

 

family baseball game
the youngest one
swings at everything

John Stevenson

 

family Thanksgiving
aunt Sadie slips a dinner roll
into her purse

Carol Raisfeld

 

he hesitates
to say he is hungry
the stepson

Gautam Nadkarni

 

Grandpa's false teeth
are missing —
and so is my brother.

Alexis Rotella

 

inseparable
like most couples
until they tied the knot

Kala Ramesh

 

home from work
the lion tamer — tamed
by his wife

Gautam Nadkarni

 

eating the burnt meatloaf
he forces a smile
at his beautiful wife

Alan Pizzarelli

 

thumping of a fetus' heart —
the soon-to-be father
checks his own pulse

Jim Doss

 

Santo Domingo
the young pregnant woman
pushes twins

Mykel Board

 

discarded doll —
my kid wants it back
when taken by another

A. Thiagarajan

 

my wife gives orders . . .
our daughter whispers to me
"bad mood"

Tom Clausen

 

father-son talk —
it doesn't pay to argue
with mom

Bob Lucky

 

sister laughs, brother cries
when his ice cream cone
falls on the ground

brother laughs, sister cries
when he knocks her cone
out of her hand

Bob Brill

 

struggling with home work
parents fight
yet another day

A. Thiagarajan

 

without consent
my old sneakers
in the trash

Tom Clausen

 

in camouflage
he tells his wife
all about the hunting trip

Ed Markowski

 

the opticians wife —
her eyes speak
volumes

Carol Raisfeld

 

Father's Day
she tells me
I'm not the father

John Stevenson

 

husband at work ...
the mailman knocks
to see the newborn

Carol Raisfeld

 

divorced
she cleans the ring
around the tub

W.F. Owen

 

family picnic
the new wife's rump
bigger than mine

Roberta Beary

 

blowing out
one birthday candle:
the whole family

D. Claire Gallagher

 


Credits:

"family baseball game" from Geppo, copyright © 2007 by John Stevenson; by permission of the author.

"Grandpa's false teeth" from OUCH: Senryu That Bite, Modern English Tanka Press, copyright © 2007 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

"eating the burnt meatloaf" from Senryu Magazine — Out to Lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright © 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.

"without consent" from Homework, copyright © 2000 by Tom Clausen: by permission of the author.

"in camouflage" from Modern Haiku, copyright © 2006 by Ed Markowski; by permission of the author.

"Father's Day" from Modern Haiku 30:3, copyright © 1999 by John Stevenson; by permission of the author.

"divorced" from Frogpond, copyright © 2002 by W.F. Owen; by permission of the author.

"family picnic" from The Unworn Necklace, Snapshot Press, copyright © 2007 by Roberta Beary; by permission of the author.

"blowing out" from Frogpond, copyright © 1998 by D. Claire Gallagher; by permission of the author.