Gregory Longenecker

summer night
his bicycle leans against
his brother’s
the things I think
I can’t do without
lunar eclipse
afternoon light
the plovers talk
of leaving
some days
I just listen …
mute swan
oak limb –
holding the sleep
of nestlings
I keep looking at her
first camellia
the gospel according to a winter wren
I wake to the smell
of someone’s sorrow
wet leaves
the slippery path
of memory
the slow silence
of a snail

All poems copyright by Gregory Longenecker. They may not be used for any purpose without explicit permission.

These poems have been published individually  in bottle rockets, Yuki Teikei Member Anthologies, The Heron’s Nest, Acorn, Under the Basho, Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, Shamrock Haiku Journal, Mariposa, and A Hundred Gourds.