Some haiku and senryu (same length, but on human nature instead of nature) / david oates

Circus —
the elephant’s front toenails   
painted white

Ruffling, sunlit, gleaming
as if illuminated from within,
the dead skunk’s white fur

dog so eager
to sniff another’s spray
wet nose

driving on the highway
graceful bare feet with dirty soles
from a pickup window

fit of giggling
in the corps de ballet
not one step missed

after a sip of beer,
young girl listens to the band
then lights her lollipop stick

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