Haiku 2021 #86

This poem is based on a reoccurring true story. I absolutely love Key Lime pie and devour it everytime I get the opportunity. Unfortunately, I am also lactose intolerant. Managing this reality, to say the least, presents a challenging dining dilemma for me. Sometimes I decide to suffer the consequences for the sake of a snack. This is one of those stories…

Haiku 2021 #83

Signage outside the Garfield Park Natural Area Restoration (expansion).
Fencing was built to cordon off the areas being restored inside the 184 acre park.
A lone makeshift “structure” in Garfield Park behind the natural area protective fencing.

Did they think the fence

was built to enclose their tent

pitched inside the park?

Haiku 2021

Haiku 2021

20.

Watching what you eat:

strewn about the yard.

ants waste no time on Twizzlers

21.

Ants clean chicken bone

dropped on the sidewalk by a

passing litterbug.

HAIKU 2021 #5 (Technical Difficulties)

This is actually a “senryu” poem.

Watch “Mantan Moreland & Nipsey Russell 1955” on YouTube

There were a lot of people who inspired me to become an artist. Nipsey Russell is definitely on that list. His charm, wit, and ability to drop pearls of wisdom in rhyme on network television was incredible. Like my other childhood heroes like Richard Pryor and George Carlin, Nipsey used comedy with the skill of a neurosurgeon.

Here are my Nipsey Russell inspired poems to honor this comedian, poet and dancer on the 102nd anniversary of his birth. This iconic entertainer’s career spanned decades from the Chitlin Circuit to major motion pictures. Many recognize him as the “Tin Man” in the Wiz. Others remember him as the “Poet Laureate” on the 70s game show, Match Game. For those of us who are too young to remember those references, he’s the dude Nipsey Hustle got his name from. RIP (rest in poetry)


1. We live in the strange days of coronavirus when presidential speeches only help to divide us, and words of wisdom come from Miley Cyrus.

2. As America finally reckons with its racist legacy, protests flare up like wildfires from sea to shining sea.

3. If I must stay home and self-quarantine, can I at least shelter in place with nymphomaniac sex fiend?

4. Some say the “breakfast of champions” is Wheaties, others prefer steak and eggs. Well, my favorite meal’s between her legs.

5. The people who question the motives of Black Lives Matter obviously haven’t paid attention to a few centuries of data.

Watch “Haiku_2020_#34” on YouTube