HAIKUS
BY LEROY AND LEXANNE
MOTHER

She chose fire-wine red
carpet for her kitchen; a
new sight that shocked us.




Mother
Slender fingers rest.
Everlasting slumber now.
Winter’s breath resides.

LOAF

Begin with knuckles
sunk deep into tomorrow’s
toast, the next day’s crumbs.
Loaf
Don’t sit calling me,
requisitioning action.
Warm, yeasty, now gone.
STOP SIGN

They put one up last
spring on our corner.  Now we
see who breaks the law.

Stop Sign
Can you please not glare
your rules at me? Another
cheeky intrusion. 



TONKA
BY LEROY AND LEXANNE
MOTHER

She chose fire-wine red
carpet for her kitchen; a
new sight that shocked us.
She never showed such passion.
Here it spilled across the floor.
Mother
Slender fingers rest.
Everlasting slumber now.
Winter’s  breath resides.
Frost will melt off trees soon and
We’ll see that through fogged windows
STOP SIGN

They put one up last
spring on our corner.  Now we
see who breaks the law.
Bastards screeching to a stop,
I know your license number.
Stop Sign
Can you please not glare
Your rules at me? Another
cheeky intrusion.
Can’t a guy enjoy a cup
Of tea in his mobile home?
LOAF

Begin with knuckles
sunk deep into tomorrow’s
toast, the next day’s crumbs.
Stomach satisfied then sleep.
Peace can begin with a fist.
Loaf
Don’t sit calling me,
requisitioning action.
Warm, yeasty, now gone.
Far away caraway or
Oregano on the snow


AUTHOR’S NOTE:
Today Leroy and I wrote together. We began by brainstorming words. We decided to start with “mother” since it was Mother’s Day and developed as follows:
Mother / Stop sign / loaf / walnut / sanguine / shuttered / perk / pedal / escalator / perfume / metabolic / metaphor / spunk / crossing
We each wrote a haiku based on the first word. Then we moved on to the next word.  We decided to mix it up a bit after the third word. We decided to change the haikus into tonkas, but we would use the each other’s haikus. Therefore, Leroy’s words are in black and mine in purple. My favorite is LOAF with Leroy’s haiku and my words making the tonka. This was a fun exercise, especially getting to do it with your honey!

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