Rules Misunderstood – A Haiku & Others

Homeowners Association Gestapo
You can’t park there.
My temples throb. Take a breath.
I can. I live here.

Sunshine Dirt
Through shadowy webs
of branches on earth’s canvas
sunshine on dirt.

Hard, dusty plastic.
White on black staring back at me.

Today’s poems are also part of the Poetry Potluck Week 14 (at Jingle Poetry).


  1. Jingle says:

    Every word counts, my friend,rocking collection of Haikus.Thanks for sharing with potluck!A++


  2. River, from a literary standpoint, that’s also my favorite. :)SuziCate, thanks for the feedback!L.L., yes! HA! :)Rachel, I appreciate the visit and the comment!


  3. Rachel Hoyt says:

    Three excellent haikus!! Proof that it takes only a few words to tell the news. :o)Rhyme Me a Smile


  4. L.L. Barkat says:

    oh yeah, those ha associations. (I like the way you’ve said “ha!” to the ha 😉


  5. SuziCate says:

    great haikus…love that firstone!


  6. River says:

    I liked the 2nd the best. Well they all were very nice.


  7. Steve, thanks for the feedback. And I was feeling pretty intense when the HOA gestapo barked. 🙂


  8. Steve says:

    The “Gestapo” poem is the third (of three) poems that are my favorites from this 1SW round – the others are #114 (W.k. kortas) and #123 (Alegria Imperia). The second poem was excellent, but the first and third, with their intense brevity really grabbed me.


  9. Hi Brad! I’ve wrote poems off and on since childhood, though mostly when I needed to vent or try to woo a pretty girl in grade school (the latter usually resulting in ridicule…I guess my poems weren’t that good). ha ha The Onestoppoetry blog kickstarted the idea to post a few out here. You should jump in! :)Terri, thanks!Kkrige, thanks for the visit (and for spotting my typo). ;)One Stop, glad to be a part of Onestoppoetry this week. Nice to see the growing list of poetry.Shashi, thanks for stopping by!Poets United, no doubt how I feel about HOAs. Can’t wait to move out of this townhome community. 😉


  10. Fun! Is the poetry something new for you? I have dabbled, but not been consistent.


  11. Poets United says:

    I really loved your Homeowners Association Gestapo. You reallt nailed the frustration of HOA’s. I now refuse to live any where that has one. Thank you for sharing such a true peice.


  12. Shashi says:

    I enjoyed them… thanks for sharing…ॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah ShivayaTwitter: @VerseEveryDayBlog:


  13. three really enjoyable haikus…the first was spot on…but i agree about the intimidation of the piano keys…great stuff and thanks for sharing with osw…pete


  14. kkrige says:

    You capture the moment well in Gestappo. Nice assortment of haikus.


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