George SwedeGeorge Swede

Born 1940 in Riga, Latvia
Living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://georgeswede.com/
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(work from 1975 to 2010 inclusive)

 

 

For the fat green frog
crouched on the log
time is flies

©1975
Published 11 times: A Snowman, Headless, 1979 to Forum, 2001

 

Fresh snow on the fence:
two more inches against my
neighbour’s eloquence

©1976
Published 7 times: Dragonfly, 1977 to Ryerson Review, 1980

 

Plummeting to earth
the hawk seizes the feet
of its own shadow

©1976
Published 8 times: Sun Lotus Haiku, 1977 to Haiku Journey, 2006

 

As the professor speaks
only his bald spot
is illuminated

©1977
Published 5 times: A Snowman, Headless, 1979 to The White Collar Book, 2011

 

Tidal pool
something hiding
under a cloud

©1977
Published 5 times: Dragonfly, 1978 to Halifax Herald, 2001

 

A bottomless well within me—no sound from my fallen pride

©1977
Published 8 times: Amoskeag, 1980 to I Want To Lasso Time, 1991

 

Having to guess
from the footsteps:
evening fog

©1977
Published 7 times: Cicada, 1977 to Haiku Journey, 2006

 

River at twilight:
I watch the darkness flow
into my eyes

©1977
Published 8 times: A Snowman, Headless, 1979 to Wind in the Long Grass, 1991

 

In the howling wind
under the full moon –
the snowman, headless

©1977
Published 14 times: Modern Haiku, 1977 to Modern Haiku, 2011

 

In the town dump I find a still-beating heart

©1977
Published 12 times: Amoskeag, 1980 to Something Out of Nothing, 2015

 

Statues in the square:
the raised hand of the war hero
fills with snow

©1978
Published 12 times: A Snowman, Headless, 1979 to Haiku Journey, 2006

 

Autumn clothesline:
his and her pyjamas
frozen together

©1978
Published 9 times: Portals, 1979 to Whirligig, 2010

 

Dropping stone after stone
into the lake—I keep
reappearing

©1979
Published 16 times: High/Coo, 1979 to Whirligig, 2010

 

Almost unseen
among the tangled driftwood
naked lovers

©1979
Published 12 times: Outch, 1979 to Travelers On Haiku Meridians, 2010

 

Cold dawn rain
I turn to touch
my wife

©1979
Published 11 times: Leanfrog, 1979 to micro haiku, 2014

 

Panties on the clothesline   lingering mist

©1979
Published 8 times: Cicada, 1979 to Halifax Herald, 2001

 

Full of good ideas    I weigh no more

©1979
Published 8 times: Tweed, 1980 to micro haiku, 2014

 

Paris pond
a frog Picassos
my face

©1980
Published 11 times: Whitewall Review, 1981 to Whirligig, 2014

 

Rising like birds
from the bottom of the canyon
the children’s cries

©1980
Published 9 times: Writers’ Quarterly, 1981 to Haiku Canada Review, 2012

 

After the abortion she weeds the garden

©1981
Published 8 times: Poetry Toronto, 1981 to Whirligig, 2010

 

Around the eyes
of the old fisherman
permanent ripples

©1983
Published 10 times: Arc, 1984 to Haiku: The Gentle Art of Disappearing, 2009

 

empty baseball field
a dandelion seed floats through
the strike zone

©1993
Published 6 times: Losers First, 1999 to Washington Post, 2008

 

bridge
at both ends
mist

©1993
Published 9 times: Modern Haiku, 1993 to A Hundred Gourds, 2014

 

creek
cricket
creaking

©1993
Published 8 times: RAW NerVZ, 1997 to A Hundred Gourds, 2014

 

windowless office
a fly buzzes against
my glasses

©1994
Published 6 times: Iron, 1995 to The White Collar Book, 2011

 

train to a ghost town
the historian asks to sit
facing backwards

©1994
Published 6 times: Woodnotes, 1994 to The White Collar Book, 2011

 

spring flood
two wooden shoes float by
taking turns being first

©1996
Published 10 times: blue spilling over, 1996 to Mainichi Daily News, 2001

 

paper pickup day
the unfinished poem
sticks out

©1999
Publsihed 5 times: Frogpond, 2000 to Modern Haiku, 2011

 

pontificating colleague
the mosquito on his arm
swells contentedly

©2000
Published 3 times: Haiku Canada Newsletter, 2006 to The White Collar Book, 2011

 

horizon moon
i recall
an earlier ego

©2000
Published 3 times: Haiku Canada Newsletter, 2005 to Modern Haiku, 2011

 

ant haiku
my writing
grows smaller

©2000
Published 4 times: Simply Haiku, 2003 to micro haiku, 2014

 

blazing heat
my long shadow
useless

©2001
Published 7 times: The Heron’s Nest, 2002 to Verse Afire, 2014

 

airport lounge
a Muslim man prays toward
the emergency exit

©2001
Published 7 times: Modern Haiku, 2002 to Whirligig, 2011

 

in first full bloom
the apricot tree—joy
in me still

©2002
Published 4 times: Asahi Shimbun, 2003 to Modern Haiku, 2011

 

working late
i meet my loneliness
in the long hallway

©2002
Published 6 times: HI, 2003 to The White Collar Book, 2011

 

storm lull
freshly crumpled paper
creaks twice

©2003
Published 3 times: The Heron’s Nest, 2003 to Joy In Me Still, 2010

 

horizon moon
the snowman headless
no longer

©2003
Published 3 times: Tracing the Fern, 2005 to Modern Haiku, 2011

 

flooded plain
fence tops show which water
belongs to whom

©2004
Published 6 times: The Heron's Nest, 2004 to Joy In Me Still, 2010

 

peering into
the deep well, two boys
talk about girls

©2005
Published 3 times: The Heron’s Nest, 2005 to Joy In Me Still, 2010

 

wilderness canyon
the shout and its echo
quickly lost in time

©2005
Published 5 times: The Heron’s Nest, 2007 to Modern Haiku, 2011

 

on the bridge
hundreds died to defend
end-to-end graffiti

©2006
Published 3 times: Acorn, 2006 to Joy In Me Still, 2010

 

the heat . . .
my thoughts moving slowly
with the river

©2006
Published 4 times: Acorn, 2006 to Modern Haiku, 2011

 

cloud-free dawn . . .
      the dent in the fender
holds on to its darkness

©2007
Published 3 times: Acorn, 2007 to Joy In Me Still, 2010

 

into the future
as fast as all of us
this garden snail

©2007
Published 4 times: Mainichi Daily News, 2008 to Whirligig, 2011

 

on my back
in the freshly-cut grass . . .
a blue horse

©2008
Published 4 times: Roadrunner, 2008 to Haiku 21, 2012

 

cave mouth
a scream beyond my range
of hearing

©2008
Published 3 times: Daily Haiku, 2009 to Daily Haiku, 2011

 

hangover . . .
i cling to
algorithms

©2009
Published 4 times: Haiku Canada Review, 2009 to Haiku Canada Review, 2014

 

a face beseeching
before it becomes
a water lily

©2009
Published 3 times: Roadrunner, 2009 to Haiku 21, 2012

 

deep end
of the pool
a leafish

©2010
Published 3 times: Haiku Canada Review, 2010 to Haiku Canada Review, 2014

 

canyon
replies from the
afterlife

©2010
Published 4 times: Roadrunner, 2010 to A Hundred Gourds, 2014