A Second Set of Almost Haiku by an Almost Old Man [cycle number 2]

Song Cycle by Richard Farber (b. 1945)

Word count: 216

1. Not quite an Archie Bunker [sung text checked 1 time]

My wife bought me an orange armchair 
 	not quite an “Archie Bunker”
Lighter, more modern.  I can move it easily.
Remarkably comfortable
The Feng shui center of my abode.
I have to wait my turn to sit in it.

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2. My real problem with Haiku [sung text checked 1 time]

My real problem with Haiku is counting the syllables
Structuring a poem seems the antithesis of the poetic process
	front to back to front inverted upside down . . . 
That is why my Haiku are like myself
	A free formed almost.

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3. Not the barbaric other [sung text checked 1 time]

I don’t like the portrayal of the Japanese as the barbaric other.
The American Cowboy ethos  is not the code of bushido

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4. Ceterum censeo [sung text checked 1 time]

Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam  
I advise that Carthage must be destroyed
The civilized Phonecians and Carthaginians were my cousins 
We the semites are portrayed as the evil other.
I think the Greeks were the good guys, the Maccabeans the terrorists.
I get history all wrong.

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5. A Zen view of the world [sung text checked 1 time]

I should be singing short images of nature
A Zen view of the world.
I should be singing the citrus trees on my window sill
A Zen view of the world.
I should be singing the book of I Ching and the work of John Cage
A Zen view of the world.
I should be smoking my pipe in contemplation
Of a Zen view of the world.

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