28 September 2011

haiku 09/28/11

orange sun rising
black clouds boiling in the west--
what will today bring?

©2011-Art Belliveau

27 September 2011

free verse 09/27/11

i remember halloween
when i was just a child
dressing up in costumes
pretending to be
someone i was not

little did i know then
that halloween would be
the perfect training ground
for being an adult

©2011-Art Belliveau

senryu 09/26/11

deafening silence
surrounds me like a cocoon--
how will i emerge?

©2011-Art Belliveau

senryu 09/25/11

three-fourths of the year
have elapsed since Christmastime--
no love in the air

©2011-Art Belliveau

cherita 09/24/11

i hugged her close to me

the sobs wracking her body
punching holes in my heart

her safe and happy world
now definitely in the past
who knows what the future will bring?

©2011-Art Belliveau

shadorma 09/23/11

my anger
has its own life now
growing strong
growing cold
freezing my heart in my chest
as i cage it there

©2011-Art Belliveau

Fibonacci Sequence Poem 9/22/11

has reached its ending
day and night have reached their balance
now it will tip to the nighttime's favor
the heat will be more bearable
as the days shorten
and winter

©2011-Art Belliveau

21 September 2011

haiku 9/21/11

watching the river
a rusted water tower--
it looks so alone

©2011-Art Belliveau

rainbow poem 9/20/11

I remember
science class--seventh grade
we learned the facts about rainbows
they are refractions of the sun's light
the water in the air, a prism
Red, Orange, Yellow
Blue, Indigo, Violet
if seen while flying in a plane
a perfect circle
with the plane's shadow in its center
I also remember
sunday school--kindergarten
we learned the facts about rainbows
Noah and the Great Flood
40 days of rain drowning the earth
the flight of the dove
the olive branch
the sign of God's promise
to never flood the earth again
and now
as I sit here on my back porch
watching the rainbow
stretch across the entire sky
I find that how the rainbow came to be
is not nearly so imprtant to me
as the fact that
it is there

©2011-Art Belliveau

haiku 9/19/11

a swirling green leaf
playing in the river's flow--
finally set free

©2011-Art Belliveau

ANGER 9/18/11

All I see is red
Nothing gets past the scarlet haze
Gnashed teeth cause aching jaws
Every muscle rigid and taut
Responding to the latest news

©2011-Art Belliveau

18 September 2011

senryu 09/17/11

late night return home
crying and missing daddy--
why did that happen?

©2011-Art Belliveau

16 September 2011

haiku 9/16/11

cold, black skies above
icy starlight sheds no heat--
too dry for a fire

©2011-Art Belliveau

haiku 9/15/11

dusk on a hot day
i can feel a cool wind blow--
it's almost autumn

©2011-Art Belliveau

14 September 2011

haiku 9/14/11

under the oak tree
a legacy of the storm--
dead bough in pieces

©2011-Art Belliveau

13 September 2011

haiku 09/13/11

full moon is hiding
behind the trees’ silhouettes--
soon it will appear

©2011-Art Belliveau

haiku 09/12/11

the backyard's quiet
silent stars are overhead--
a distant siren

©2011-Art Belliveau

senryu 09/11/11

when exercising
she's rocking to her own beat--
she's making work fun

©2011-Art Belliveau

haiku 09/10/11

gorgeous day outside
clear skies, beautiful sunshine--
i want to sleep in

©2011-Art Belliveau

haiku 09/09/11

breathe in and breathe out
sounds simple and natural--
swimming makes it hard

©2011-Art Belliveau

haiku 09/08/11

porcelain blue sky
looks fragile and translucent
children play below

©2011-Art Belliveau

haiku 09/07/11

two days of rain now--
has the heat wave been broken,
or interrupted?

©2011-Art Belliveau

hay(na)ku 09/06/11

100 degrees
washed away now

©2011-Art Belliveau

05 September 2011

haiku 09/05/11

dried, brown grass renewed
by the day long rain shower--
i long to see you

©2011-Art Belliveau

haiku 09/04/11

much needed rains come
bring unexpected relief-
i saw you today

©2011-Art Belliveau

04 September 2011

haiku 09/03/11

dying evergreen--
rust colored branches swaying
in the pre-storm breeze

©2011-Art Belliveau

02 September 2011


you say
my heart is hard
that it lacks

yes and no
there is a shell
that surrounds my heart

so many times
it has bled and broken
to be healed over
to form scabs upon scabs
that never go away

that try to protect
the heart that beats within

©2011-Art Belliveau


in the blackness of night
i wake
head pounding
stomach churning
thoughts bouncing around my skull
ricocheting endlessly

the dull red glow
of the numbers on the clock
stare at me without pity
time doesn't care
time can't be reasoned with
it moves forward
dragging and sprinting
sometimes simultaneously

and as these and other thoughts
refuse to quiet down
resignedly I arise

©2011-Art Belliveau