Sunday, April 11, 2010

birthday haiku - ten AND eleven

follow my life's path

permanent ink stains my skin

icons mark the road


for Jon Dunlap

in this world there are all kinds of people...some people (like me) don't have any tattoos, some people (and i'm sure they're out there) have one tattoo, some people (like my wife) have multiple tattoos and hope to get more. then there's dunlap. he's covered. some fine artists have left their mark on my friend. dunlap's diversely colored skin includes such iconography as the three-eyed fish from "the simpsons" to a photorealistic rendering of kurdt cobain. his skin is etched with flames and band logo's and even the elfish inscription found inside tolkien's one ring (that one's around his wrist like an unmoving watchband). in all, dunlap has a story for every one of them and if you fill him with enough of his poison he'll tell you each story multiple times. dunlap's the man. the illustrated man. i wish we had invited him over tonight...


yesterday has passed

tomorrow's yet to be made

i'm looking ahead


for Erika Benson

i knew erika a lifetime ago when she had a different name but all the same cool. i'd pick her up on a saturday morning and we'd go check out the thrift shop and look for records, after we picked up hitchhikers of course. the hitchhiker thing only happened once and we both were left with a memory and the knowledge that we helped someone out. i've got lots of amazing memories of erika and i hope our paths cross again, whether there's a hitchhiker or not. although those halcyon days are gone i know her future is there for her to write. i wouldn't be surprised if one day erika ruled this world with her little peach at her side. she's just that cool.

about the haiku: haiku is a japanese form of poetry that contains a metered verse in seventeen on (equivalent to an english syllable). generally, but not always, the english haiku consists of three lines with a five-seven-five syllable structure. the best examples of haiku paint a detailed picture using the fewest words possible, often only revealing a portion of the subject so as to give the reader something to ponder.

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