Seven Poems by John J. Dunphy

city street

the morning after

a violent protest

sanitation worker picks up

a crushed walker

***

counting the new instructor

now two women

in welding class

***

women’s self-defense class

only the instructor

without facial bruises

***

yoga class instructor

on her arm

Marine tattoo

***

his first “ma’am” since childhood —

officer replies to a question from

his new commanding officer

— All give published in the May 2021 issue of failed haiku

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My Work in the April 2021 Issue of Failed Haiku

by

John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Touching Each Tree, Stellar Possibilities, Zen Koanhead, pagan rites, Dark Nebulae and Old Soldiers Fading Away.


Five Haiku

by

John J. Dunphy

These poems were originally published in issue 22 of Fireflies Light: A

Magazine of Short Poems

abandoned house

adopted by

feral cats

***

Candlemas

potter’s field graves decorated by

wild crocus

***

Ash Wednesday

groundskeeper removes beads

from a tombstone

***

silhouetted by

the Hunter’s Moon

a roosting turkey

***

grave

groundskeeper scissors the grass around

a blooming crocus

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Touching Each Tree, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away and Dark Nebulae.


A COVID-19 MARDI GRAS

A haiku by John J. Dunphy


A Haiku

by

John J. Dunphy

country cemetery

its oldest tombstone

for a child

Published in Frogpond 44:1

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Touching Each Tree, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away and Dark Nebulae.


My Work in the February 2022 issue of Scifaikuest

by

John J. Dunphy

These are examples of scifaiku tanka.

piano concert intermission

my wife and I agree

the alien musician’s performance

enhanced by having

12 fingers

(on line edition)

*****

teleported back

for emergency surgery

the time-traveler tourist

wounded by machine gun fire

on D-Day

(hard copy edition)

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Touching Each Tree, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away and Dark Nebulae.


Three Koyoka , published in Failed Haiku 6:63

by

John J. Dunphy

P.S. Yes, I know the word is spelled Koyoka, but Medium won’t let me correct the typo in the primary title.

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Touching Each Tree, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away and Dark Nebulae.


My Work in Issue 33 of Prune Juice

by

John J. Dunphy

visitation day
funeral director cleans
the welcome mat

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Touching Each Tree, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away and Dark Nebulae.


My work in Cold Moon Journal

by

John J. Dunphy

Valentine Day

blooming in our front yard

a heart of crocus

Cold Moon Journal

2/14/21

slowly sinking

into the thawing pond

our Christmas tree

Cold Moon Journal 2/12/21

tree stump

the drought years pelted

by raindrops

Cold Moon Journal 2/9/21

front yard

child puts on

her face mask

as she approaches

our snowman

Cold Moon Journal 1/16/21

a single ornament

on the Christmas tree

in a ditch

Cold Moon Journal 1/10/21

walking my dog

tonight’s dusk scented by

burnt leaves

Cold Moon Journal 12/13/20

public park

I enter

a portapotty


Fat Cat Preachers and MAGA Caps

two haiku by John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Touching Each Tree, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away and Dark Nebulae.

John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL USA. Google him to learn more about this enigmatic person who is such a gifted writer and poet.

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