Haiku and Senryu




before she leaves for work
a toothpaste flavored kiss




tattooed granny
butterflies, flowers, and a ball of yarn
with needles 




though she’s long gone
he still puts the toilet seat
back down





David Oates is the host of Wordland, a radio show of poetry, stories and comedy. His "Night of the Potato" is a collection of poems and short stories. Haiku collections are "Shifting with My Sandwich Hand," "Drunken Robins" and the upcoming "The Deer's Bandanna." Oates is the former editor/publisher of "Monkey" Magazine and slammaster of the Athens GA Poetry Slam. He is a creative-writing teacher and a performance poet.

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