George SwedeGeorge Swede

Born 1940 in Riga, Latvia
Living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://georgeswede.com/


 

hangover…
i cling to
algorithms

©2009
Published 4 times: Haiku Canada Review, 2009 to Haiku Canada Review, 2014

 

on the bridge
hundreds died to defend
end-to-end graffiti

©2006
Published 3 times: Acorn, 2006 to Joy In Me Still, 2010

 

peering into
the deep well, two boys
talk about girls

©2005
Published 3 times: The Heron’s Nest, 2005 to Joy In Me Still, 2010

 

working late
i meet my loneliness
in the long hallway

©2002
Published 6 times: HI, 2003 to The White Collar Book, 2011

 

airport lounge
a Muslim man prays toward
the emergency exit

©2001
Published 7 times: Modern Haiku, 2002 to Whirligig, 2011

 

paper pickup day
the unfinished poem
sticks out

©1999
Published 5 times: Frogpond, 2000 to Modern Haiku, 2011

 

train to a ghost town
the historian asks to sit
facing backwards

©1994
Published 6 times: Woodnotes, 1994 to The White Collar Book, 2011

 

Full of good ideas     I weigh no more

©1979
Published 8 times: Tweed, 1980 to micro haiku, 2014

 

In the town dump I find a still-beating heart

©1977
Published 12 times: Amoskeag, 1980 to Something Out of Nothing, 2015

 

A bottomless well within me—no sound from my fallen pride

©1977
Published 8 times: Amoskeag, 1980 to I Want To Lasso Time, 1991

 

As the professor speaks
only his bald spot
is illuminated

©1977
Published 5 times: A Snowman, Headless, 1979 to The White Collar Book, 2011

 

a flawed life
yet this morning it makes
a fine haiku

©1997
Published 5 times: RAW NerVZ, 2001 to Joy In Me Still, 2010

 

dating again
my sister opens the fridge
then closes it

©1996
Published 4 times: Frogpond, 1998 to Modern Haiku, 2011

 

A sigh from her
then one from me
two pages turn

©1996
Published 8 times: Frogpond, 1997 to Simply Haiku, 2006

 

A hard day
I take over the boss’s tic
when he leaves

©1996
Published 2 times: Frogpond, 1997 to My Shadow Doing Something, 1997

 

alone at last
i wonder where
everyone is

©1994
Published 19 times: Modern Haiku, 1994 to Haiku in English, 2013

 

mother’s room
only the photos of the dead
dust free

©1993
Published 5 times: The Haiku Quarterly, 1993 to loose thread, 2003

 

Pawnshop window
a hooker studies
her reflection

©1985
Published 7 times: New Cicada, 1986 to loose thread, 2003

 

From the bridge
between my hemispheres
grandfather still fishes

©1985
Published 5 times: After the End, 1986 to Joy In Me Still, 2010

 

The family gathered…
a tear of embalming fluid
from my brother’s eye

©1984
Published 4 times: Frogpond, 1984 to Almost Unseen, 2000

 

Around the eyes
of the old fisherman
permanent ripples

©1983
Published 10 times: Arc, 1984 to Haiku: The Gentle Art of Disappearing, 2009

 

Again, the bald barber
cuts my hair
too short

©1983
Published 6 times: Arc, 1984 to Frogpond, 2012

 

Country fair
the sleeping child clutches
a withered balloon

©1981
Published 4 times: Leanfrog, 1982 to Whirligig, 2010

 

One by one to the floor     all of her shadows

©1980
Published 16 times: Cicada, 1980 to Haiku in English, 2013

 

Mental hospital    my shadow stays outside

©1979
Published 12 times: Eye To Eye With A Frog, 1981 to Whirligig, 2010

 

After the search for meaning    bills in the mail

©1979
Published 11 times: Poetry Canada Review,1980 to Deutsche Haiku-Gesellschaft, 2005

 

Full of good ideas    I weigh no more

©1979
Published 8 times: Tweed, 1980 to micro haiku, 2104

 

At the end of myself       pencil tip

©1979
Published 12 times: Cicada, 1979 to micro haiku, 2014

 

Leaving my loneliness      inside her

©1979
Published 17 times: Cicada, 1979 to A Hundred Gourds, 2014

 

The anger from work    in my son’s birthday balloons

©1978
Published 7 times: PW Stones, 1979 to Almost Unseen, 2000

 

Sharply into focus    the blur of my existence

©1978
Published 6 times: Endless Jigsaw, 1978 to RAW NerVZ, 1994

 

Medieval town
to the worn stone steps
I add my own

©1978
Published 7 times: Endless Jigsaw, 1978 to Whirligig, 2010

 

Each haiku
another piece in
the endless jigsaw

©1978
Published 7 times: Endless Jigsaw, 1978 to Deutsche Haiku-Gesellschaft, 2005

 

Watched by her two      secret moles

©1978
Published 4 times: Cicada, 1979 to Haiku Canada Review, 2014

 

Meeting an old friend—
the same problems
with more wrinkles

©1978
Published 2 times: Endless Jigsaw, 1978 to Greenfield Review, 1985

 

Passport check
my shadow waits
across the border

©1978
Published 24 times: Cicada, 1978 to Pune 365, 2016

 

In a nightmare
unable to breathe—I swim out
through my eyes

©1978
Published 7 times: Gusto, 1979 to Simply Haiku, 2006

 

staring back up
the open eyes of
the suicide

©1978
Published 5 times: Outch, 1979 to Taboo Haiku, 2006

 

Hiding somewhere in this room     a good idea

©1978
Published 9 times: Poetry Nippon, 1979 to naad anunaad, 2016

 

As he thinks
of another haiku—she thinks
of another man

© 1978
Published 5 times: Tell-Tale Feathers, 1978 to Writers’ Quarterly, 1981

 

Christmas Eve
the massage parlour window shows
reduced rates

©1978
Published 5 times: Cicada, 1978 to Still, 1997

 

In one corner
of the mental patient’s eye
I exist

©1978
Published 10 times: Cicada, 1978 to Deutsche Haiku-Gesellschaft, 2005

 

A yawning abyss in my brain      students taking notes

©1977
Published 5 times: Amoskeag, 1980 to Haiku Review, 1980

 

I phone myself    someone else answers

©1977
Published 5 times: Amoskeag, 1980 to micro haiku, 2014

 

A bottomless well within    no sound from my fallen pride


©1977
Published 8 times: Amoskeag, 1980 to I Want To Lasso Time, 1991

 

In the town dump I find    a still-beating heart

©1977
Published 12 times: Amoskeag, 1980 to Something Out Of Nothing, 2014

 

In her large blue eyes    I make a small impression

©1977
Published 6 times: Amoskeag, 1980 to Simply Haiku, 2006

 

One button undone
in the clerk’s blouse—I let her
steal my change

©1977
Published 12 times: Outch, 1978 to Whirligig, 2010

 

On the bus
the teenager pulls out a mirror
and adjusts her pout

©1977
Published 8 times: Endless Jigsaw, 1978 to Lighting The Global Lantern, 2011

 

At the height
of the argument—the old couple
pour each other tea

©1977
Published 14 times: Cicada, 1977 to Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, 2013