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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