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Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3


I believe I am
Jeffrey Winke


I figured it out. I think. My life is a mystery novel. There are plots, sub-plots, and intriguing side characters who, at first, appear to be more prominent than they are. Things unfold for little reason at all, so it seems. What scenarios I control have twists and turns that fall well within the guardrails. I believe I am in control. When things get desperate – even dangerous – I hold my breath and wait for the narrator to jump in and add a sense of calm to the situation. This must have been the genesis of god (pun, fully intended). Can't you see it? Mystery-living lives getting out of whack and everyone collectively saying: "There's got to be a Grand Narrator out there that can make sense of our mess." When someone yelled out, "I believe there is!" – the chorus began . . . I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE!!

bigger, stronger --
that's what the spam says
so it's true


Jeffrey Winke Jeffrey Winke is the co-editor of the first small press North American haiku anthology, the Third Coast Haiku Anthology, which was published in 1977. He has been writing haiku for over 30 years. His most recent book, What's Not There: Selected Haiku of Jeffrey Winke, is a 2002 Merit Book Award winner. His motion graphics haiku collection, entitled Chances, can be viewed at http// and has been designated a "Cool Website."

Jeff lives and works in Milwaukee. He is a PR counselor, magazine editor, and an adjunct university professor. His PR Idea Book: 50 proven tools that really work, has recently been published by Outskirts Press, Denver.

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