Category Archives: Haiku

July haiku: Falling behind

I can't wait!

Um. I may have written all these haiku today. I fell behind this week even though I wasn’t particularly busy.

07.11.1
Call Father Ricky
To reserve our wedding date
September fifteenth!

07.12.11
Pay the deposit
For our reception venue
Starting to feel real

07.13.11
Wind-up Bird novel
Draws me in to surreal world
And questions abound

07.14.11
First run with Alfred
Helps keep me at a tough pace
Even on the hills

07.15.11
Midnight Potter show
Worth costumed crowds and lost sleep
Goodbye to Hogwarts

07.16.11
Expected delays
But due to Carmageddon
Roads were largely clear

07.17.11
Seventeen mile run
Followed by yummy tacos
A well-earned reward

July haiku: Birthday and baseball

Enjoying the sunset before we left the pool party/bbq

07.04.11
Homemade mimosas
Knockout birthday boy post brunch
Three mugs too many

While making Sean’s card
Learned about Rule 34
Web meme always true

Brilliant fireworks show
Seen from freeway heading west
LA is lit up

07.05.11
First day back at work
Post long weekend, vacation
Miss the pool, long hikes

07.06.11
First year attorney
Fights to protect civil rights
Even for cholos

07.07.11
Feels like past summers
Cheers, sell-out crowd in stadium
Distracts from team woes

07.08.11
Another free game
And a Dodgers victory
Could get used to this

07.09.11
Pre grad school party
Sean has too much wine and cheese
Cindy laughs a lot

07.10.11
Venue gets mom’s vote
You should stop looking, she says
Get the deposit

June/July haiku: Camping and excess edition

Nina Diaz of Girl in a Coma

06.27.11
John Muir Trail ascent
To Nevada Falls? Not bad.
Down Mist Trail? Scary.

06.28.11
Giant Sequoias
Hurt by too much love, but need
Fire for survival

06.29.11
Thunderstorm results
In hasty exit from camp
Everyone was soaked

06.30.11
Girl In A Coma
Gets me dancing in the park
Love free outdoor shows

If folks on the grass
See your ass as you walk by,
Your skirt’s much too short

07.01.11
Cashier rings up clothes
Notes amount, “Shopping spree, huh?”
Maybe bought too much

07.02.11
Not a nap person
That’s what I usually claim
Not today, took two

07.03.11
Sean’s pre-birthday lunch
Consume too much meat and carbs
Only once a year

June haiku: Summer solstice edition

Grease sing-a-long

06.20.11
Free dinner from work
Means I don’t have to cook
Just go home and run

06.21.11
Summer solstice plans?
Hike up to my happy place
Watch Dodgers win one

06.22.11
Weird to see Stringer
Chasing down Brit murderers
Not running drug ring

06.23.11
Unplanned tempo run
Goes well, run sub 9-mile pace
Puts me in good mood

06.24.11
At Grease sing-a-long
Dirty lyrics get censored
Can’t corrupt the kids

06.25.11
El Tri wins Gold Cup
Defeats a hated rival
Diaspora cheers

06.26.11
At tunnel exit
Grand views of Half Dome and falls
Suburban kids ‘Ooh!’

June haiku: Grooms and grooming

I don’t think a haiku does justice to Cain and Jessica. I’ve known Cain since he was a kid. He’s a year my brother’s junior and they went through school together from K-12. Their friendship grew stronger in middle and high school. Cain became a fixture at my family’s home. He’d come over to hang out with Adrian, go skate boarding, play video games or workout. I came to see him as a brother and as a member of the family. Like a brother, he was there for some of my memorable moments, went on a vacation with my family, and celebrated many birthdays.

As for the wedding, it was lovely and a lot of fun. I’d been looking forward to it for a while and was curious how Adrian would toast his best friend when it came time. I teared up during the vows, especially when Jessica recited the vows she wrote.

It’s been neat to see my adopted little brother grow up, become a father (their daughter is adorable) and become a responsible adult (not that he was a crazy kid or teen). Oh yeah, he graduated a day before the wedding too! He’s had a lot going on.

Congratulations, Cain and Jessica!

06.13.11
First grade teacher
Tells entertaining stories
Of disruptive kids

06.14.11
Finally dyed hair
And got rid of all the grays.
Back to brown. For now.

06.15.11
Shots to celebrate
Just-earned doctorate degrees
Time for new titles

06.16.11
Flash bright orange pass
Ride free on the Big Blue Bus
And get to school/work

06.17.11
Get upper lip waxed
Avoid Frida mustache look
Don’t like her that much

06.18.11
Met at Wilson
Dated eight years, had baby
Now starts wedded bliss

06.19.11
Father’s Day wishes
Delivered through text message
Dad was out of town

June haiku: graduations and gloom

06.06.11
Old adage rings false
If opposites did attract
He’d be less awesome

06.07.11
Bus moves through Westwood
At incredibly slow pace
I could run faster

06.08.11
Clouds block the sunshine
Others complain ’bout the weather
Not me, love June gloom

06.09.11
Jordan rides around
On his brand new black scooter
Wish I had one too

06.10.11
My one girly splurge
Getting frequent pedicures
Must take care of feet

06.11.11
Family cheers loud
As Vanny, in cap and gown,
Receives diploma

06.12.11
Warned him to stay far
But he still stole some kisses
Now he’s got a cold

June haiku: part 1

The birthday boy

05.30.11
Not so good at catch
Lots of missed balls and close calls
This time, no shiners

05.31.11
Finish run past ten
Doesn’t matter, met our goals
Deserves a high five

06.01.11
Make enchiladas
Use corn tortillas, of course
That’s the only way

06.02.11
Price Is Right taping
Hoped to win a car or cash
Never got a chance

06.03.11
Drove 40 miles east
Just to be there for a friend
Said sorry, gave hugs

06.04.11
Unclear on concept
Kids tap piñata softly
Must wait for candy

06.05.11
Lots of Breaking Bad
On sick day that kept me home
Tummy issues suck

Haiku: from Toronto, Ontario to Ontario, California

The sorta familiar Baldwin Steps

05.23.11
Smooth presentation
Positive feedback from boss
Surprised us a bit

05.24.11
Biked through Toronto
Downtown to High Park and back
My quads will hate me

05.25.11
Steps feel familiar
Where have I seen them before?
I know! Scott Pilgrim!

05.26.11
Bio professor’s
Lecture on sex differences
Makes frosh laugh a lot

05.27.11
Zvi works out tension
Instant relief, but he warns
Tomorrow, soreness

05.28.11
Slow, tentative steps
From an almost one year old
Time to baby proof

05.29.11
Party in the park
Kids jump in bouncy castle
Birthday girl takes nap

Haiku: haven’t quit yet

Mosqueda kids '11

05.16.11
Sees old friend on bus
But he doubts if really her
This girl’s much thinner

05.17.11
Three hundred students
Present their research posters
Grow as scientists

05.18.11
Practice baton pass
With higher ed relay team
Place in palm, don’t drop!

05.19.11
Annual relay race
Closer than expected
Yellow team takes first

05.20.11
First venue visit
Pro: large enough for our group
Con: can’t bring our booze

05.21.11
Danny, clad in white,
Earns culinary degree
We’ll call him chef now

05.22.11
Waving maple leaf
Greets Toronto visitors
Hello, Canada

Haiku: watermelon, weddings & water-logged running shoes

05.09.11
Furious coughing fit
Caused by watermelon chunk
‘Please don’t die,’ boss says

05.10.11
Four hundred foot climb
To Baldwin Hills Overlook
Worth amazing view

05.11.11
Read advisor’s notes
On dissertation chapter two
I’m on the right track

05.12.11
World’s last man standing
Decides that he wants to live,
Find girlfriend, save world

05.13.11
Sense of direction
Isn’t working in East Los
Need to visit more

05.14.11
Read wedding websites
Eyes bug out at total costs
Eloping looks good

05.15.11
Sub two hour half
Run on Pasadena streets
Rain didn’t slow me