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Monday, April 20, 2009


by Del Doughty

When her black AMEX card had to be snipped
in half, she sat cowering in a corner
with cut lips and blood streaming from her nose
and the next thing bam! Katie's aiming a vase
at me and screaming "You jerk! You loser!
You fool!" Then the vase disintegrates
like our property portfolio in the financial crash.
This year I'm going to study physics--
nothing fancy, just the NASCAR brand--
because I need to learn how to absorb
more energy on impact, how to measure
how much damage an object in motion
can cause to a human body, and
how such a body maintains velocity.

Del Doughty has published two award-winning books of haiku, The Sound of Breathing (Saki Press, 2000) and Flow (Red Moon Press, 2004). He teaches English at Huntington University.