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To hash or tweet or tag or tear

In abject dark despair?

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I pursue your fleeting form,

Assure myself of August days

(There are thirty one)

Trust in paper

And pensive paper (128 pages,


An epiphany in rags,

The typecast table turning green,

Your skipping form ahead of me

A letter, Re: unstable.


© E.C. Richardson



In the Happy Meridies

Great rain-soaked land,

Your green and luscious soul

Is listening in

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Henan Haiku V


Henan Haiku V

Stone-faced man standing

arms crossed, counting cars all day

at U-Smile shop next door.

This marks the fifth and final in my series of Henan Haiku. These five small poems are intended to form a vignette of life on the road in Henan Province, China. The words suggested themselves on a bus trip through the industrial sprawl that is so characteristic of that countryside, as monkey faced men and apartment holes slipped by, people caught in the small details of a daily routine: dirty trees, the three-wheeling, cardboard crushing piecemeal scene.

© E. C. Richardson

Henan Haiku IV


Henan Haiku IV

Man approaching bus:

Sunken cheeked wild eye monkey

man. Approaching bus.

© E. C. Richardson

Henan Haiku III

Old steel skeleton
Steals empty apartment hole:
The way the world lives.


© E.C. Richardson

Henan Haiku II


Henan Haiku II

Bumper to bumper,

Cardboard-crushing three-wheeled

China churns and thrills.

© E. C. Richardson