Selected Hokku / Senryu

by Joe Richey

mottled butterfly
alights on a rock
to roar

ancient pond
polluted frog
belly up

o star
o powerful western star!
are you a star?
or another big welllit house
perched high in the foothills?

songs to sway
the lines by.

Sitting at an outdoor café
I am gunned down
by Chilean boys w/ sawed off broomsticks

half asleep
in broken English
a good life you.

who’s to say
the sky
can’t see?

five hundred light bulbs
fall from the sky

small bamboo day
the sky
on a stick.