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DISTRESSED HAIKU

by Donald Hall



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Also by Donald Hall:
When the Young Husband ... (1993)
The Wedding Couple (1996)

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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 The Old Life: New Poems(1996) and Without: Poems(1998).

Copyright © 2000 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; April 2000; Distressed Haiku; Volume 285, No. 4; page 98.

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