Haiku for Adulthood: Sentimental Hearts Club Band


Your heat undressed me

slow as sunrise — I mistook it

for tenderness.



What did we have, really?

Hot nights in cold beds where

neither of us sleep.



The word sits on my

tongue, thick with rage and longing.




I won’t say it. I’ll

stand, muted, proud — an altar

where you once worshiped.



Mud-tongued, I type “I

love you” into my keyboard,

which blinks and blinks and



Everywhere we’ve

never been, I make my home

there. And there I wait.



Distance is different

than the indifferent men

I must covet.



It’s all my fault. I

allowed my baked earth to glimpse

your precious waters.



  1. I really enjoyed reading these over coffee this morning. I particularly like #209 and #214: #209 is so sexy and #214 speaks to a mysterious longing I recognize. They both imply so much with so little. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Thanks Oliver! Glad you liked them.

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  3. Someone’s reading Jane Miller. ;) “Red Hills and Sky”

    These are absolutely beautiful. I say again, you’re on fire!

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  4. Guilty. And thanks. When you say that, I get the Amanda Palmer song in my head now :)

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  5. Michael L. Moore June 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Another very good set. Your complexity is wonderful, A! #214 is superb.

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