Distressed Haiku

In a week or ten days
the snow and ice
will melt from Cemetery Road.

I'm coming! Don't move!

            *

Once again it is April.
Today is the day
we would have been married
twenty-six years.

I finished with April
halfway through March.

            *

You think that their
dying is the worst
thing that could happen.

Then they stay dead.

            *

Will Hall ever write
lines that do anything
but whine and complain?

In April the blue
mountain revises
from white to green.

            *

The Boston Red Sox win
a hundred straight games.
The mouse rips
the throat of the lion

and the dead return.


Donald Hall has written many books, including (1996) and (1998).


The Atlantic Monthly; April 2000; Distressed Haiku; Volume 285, No. 4; page 98.

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Donald Hall’s recent books include Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry (2008) and White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946–2006. He lives in New Hampshire.

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