five one-line haiku by John McManus

care home daffodils wilting beside mum’s bed



spring at last the hearse arrives



within the old sailor’s laugh a gull’s shriek



a column of gnats the river grows colder



pounding dough over and over the girl with all the bruises



John McManus is a widely published haiku poet from Carlisle, Cumbria, England. He’s received two Touchstone Awards from the Haiku Foundation, and is the author of two haiku collections Inside His Time Machine (Iron Press 2016) and after night rain (Bones, 2019)

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