John J. Dunphy

A Poem Published in the Spring 2022 issue of Akitsu Quarterly

by

John J. Dunphy

gardening
the hoe handle plants
splinters in my hand

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL. His poetry collections include Touching Each Tree, Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Old Soldiers Fading Away, pagan rites and Dark Nebulae.

Photo by author.

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Photo courtesy of the Grateful Dead Archives. Yes, that’s the Further bus!

A Haiku That My Fellow Baby-Boomers Will Find Meaningful

by

John J. Dunphy

(originally published in the March 2022 issue of stardust haiku)

oldies concert

waiting backstage

the band’s chiropractor

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

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A Haiku I Dare Not Post on Facebook

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John J. Dunphy

Why? I’m currently serving a 30-day sentence in Facebook Jail for posting what it regarded as inappropriate material. I’m putting my incarceration to good use, though. I’ve even started my own prison gang: the Haiku Hellcats.

This poem was just published today (3.19.22) on Cold Moon Journal:

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL. His poetry collections include Touching Each Tree, Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Old Soldiers Fading Away, pagan rites and Dark Nebulae.

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Five Haiku/Tanka About Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

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John J. Dunphy

under bombardment

wounded are evacuated

from the hospital

— John J. Dunphy

VFW Post

a couple of Nam vets discuss

going to Ukraine

— John J. Dunphy

child

learning her numbers

counts aloud while her father

loads rounds into

an AK-47 magazine

— John J. Dunphy

fleeing on foot

Ukrainian family

pauses to allow

their leashed dog

to mark his territory

— John J. Dunphy

clinic ruins

a man salvages

his dead daughter’s crutches

— John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL. His poetry collections include Touching Each Tree, Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Old Soldiers Fading Away, pagan rites and Dark Nebulae.

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Photo by John J. Dunphy

Five One-Line Haiku

by

John J. Dunphy

(Originally published in the March 2022 issue of Fireflies’ Light)

quarter moon a panhandler wants my change

slippery slope the icy wheelchair ramp

my garden watered by hailstones

tethered with cobwebs an antique rocking horse

floating downstream the ice fisherman’s hole

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL. His poetry collections include Touching Each Tree, Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Old Soldiers Fading Away, pagan rites and Dark Nebulae.

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Three Haiku About Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

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John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL. His poetry collections include Touching Each Tree, Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Old Soldiers Fading Away, pagan rites and Dark Nebulae.

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Two Scifaiku Sestet and a Scifaiku Tanka

by

John J. Dunphy

finally free

from the curse of lycanthropy —

a warm greeting from

my new brothers and sisters

upon arriving at the settlement on

the dark side of the moon

(published in Scifaikuest, May 2021)

snowman

snowman

snowlizard

walking down our street

my dog and I pass

our alien neighbors’ yard

(Published in Scifaikuest Feb. 2022

piano concert intermission

my wife and I agree

the alien musician’s performance

enhanced by having

12 fingers

(Published in Scifaikuest Feb. 2022

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL. His poetry collections include Touching Each Tree, Zen Koanhead, Stellar Possibilities, Old Soldiers Fading Away, pagan rites and Dark Nebulae.

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John J. Dunphy

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.