A Cycle of Seven Almost Haiku by an Almost Old Man [cycle number 1]

Song Cycle by Richard Farber (b. 1945)

Word count: 213

1. The clouds are gray today [sung text checked 1 time]

The clouds are gray today
Static in the overcast sky
I sit in a corner of my living room 
Contemplating the dwarf citrus trees
On my low window sill.

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1. The coffee machine makes too much noise [sung text checked 1 time]

The coffee machine makes too much noise
The coffee though is good 
In the balance between
Quiet and appetite
Appetite wins.

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3. The wind is brisk damp and cool [sung text checked 1 time]

The wind is brisk damp and cool
It really isn’t cold outside
I hobble outside to smoke my pipe
And write Haiku.
My nose runs.

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4. My smart phone sits heavy in my shirt pocket [sung text checked 1 time]

My smart phone sits heavy in my shirt pocket
It knows where it is and how to order sushi
I keep it charged and clean the glass
I try not to drop it.
It never ever rings.

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5. Early Morning Pipe [sung text checked 1 time]

It’s almost five p.m.
I hobble across the street to the park 
The clouds are still static in the sky
I have only “Early Morning Pipe” tobacco with me.
A zen moment.

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6. This music is randomly composed [sung text checked 1 time]

This music is randomly composed	    no thinking allowed
like I Ching but with a diff’rence
I use an old man’s technique
I read a text I take a nap
I write the first music that appears in my mind

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7. Getting old is like writing Haiku [sung text checked 1 time]

Getting old is like writing Haiku
Neither is a  prerequisite of existence 
You could exist without getting old	
You could exist without Haiku
But would that be a life ?

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