Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
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Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2


Mark Teaford


morning's stiffness
greets the old cat
. . . too
  the cat watches
intently focused
on my sit-ups
kinkajou eyeshine
blinks and vanishes
leaving me in the dark
  quiet dignity
above all else
a giraffe browsing
the car's smooth lines
sweep the moth to safety

poet Mark F. Teaford, PhD, is a Professor of Anatomy at the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.