POEMS

First, what’s up with the colors?
As an avid coffee lover, I’m using background colors akin to dark, medium, and light coffee roasts to indicate my perception of each haiku’s emotional intensity.

I wrote some of these months or years ago and others on the same day they were published. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to write and share haiku of your own!

Breonna Taylor,
I wish Kentucky’s AG
Cared about your life.

[BlackGirlHaiku0001/September 6, 2020]

My doctor postponed
My annual checkup which
Gives me more prep time

[BlackGirlHaiku0002/September 6, 2020]

The cranberry bogs
It takes a full year of work
For them to bear fruit

[BlackGirlHaiku0003/September 6, 2020]

These beautiful lakes
Ponds, streams and gorges take me
Back to my childhood

[BlackGirlHaiku0004/September 6, 2020]

Quarantine keeps me
In closer proximity
To my sense of self

[BlackGirlHaiku0005/September 6, 2020]

The heavy days are
When I get it wrong on the
Serenity prayer

[BlackGirlHaiku0006/September 13, 2020]

When the leaves do turn
Winter is not far behind
Each year a surprise

[BlackGirlHaiku0007/September 13, 2020]

Her potty training
Rick James, dirty boots, white couch
Both plots are the same

[BlackGirlHaiku0008/September 13, 2020]

Bill Barr called slavery
“A different kind of restraint”
Cruelty is the point

[BlackGirlHaiku0009/September 17, 2020]

“Obama Era”
Mastered white fragility
Retiring those skills

[BlackGirlHaiku0010/September 19, 2020]

What is the best way
To prepare Black children for
When their race triggers?

[BlackGirlHaiku0011/September 19, 2020]

First, identify
Your unmovable beliefs.
Then, see who they hurt.

[BlackGirlHaiku0012/September 19, 2020]

We must not accept
The normalization of
Cruelty to “others”

[BlackGirlHaiku0013/September 19, 2020]

Why is “Android Boy”
Asking these questions about
Our plan to AirDrop?

[BlackGirlHaiku0014/September 19, 2020]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The power of living life
Free from “woe is me”

[BlackGirlHaiku0015/September 20, 2020]

See cruelty then ask:
Am I capable of that?
Then explore the “yes”

[BlackGirlHaiku0016/September 20, 2020]

Valuing Black folks
Who gladly pay their “Black Tax”
Is not a good thing

[BlackGirlHaiku0017/September 20, 2020]

Woe is me refrain
Feel what happens when you take
Self-pity away

[BlackGirlHaiku0018/September 20, 2020]

So, Daniel Cameron
Had Mitch at his wedding. So,
It all makes sense now

[BlackGirlHaiku0019/September 23, 2020]

A scary motive
For latching onto “pro-life”
Carte blanche for cruelty

[BlackGirlHaiku0020/September 23, 2020]

RBG’s best trait:
She always used her privilege
To lift people up

[BlackGirlHaiku0021/September 23, 2020]

I respect your right
To judge my health decisions
But not to ban them

[BlackGirlHaiku0022/September 20, 2020]

You were improving
Until you were not and then
You were gone from us

[BlackGirlHaiku0023/October 2017]

Dad’s final moments
Peaceful transition beyond
My comprehension

[BlackGirlHaiku0024/October 2017]

When I see this phrase
“Notorious ACB
It feels literal

[BlackGirlHaiku0025/September 27, 2020]

Life leaked out of them,
No medical aid given.
George, Breonna, more…

[BlackGirlHaiku0026/September 27, 2020]

I know my ego
Is separate from who I am.
My ego does not.

[BlackGirlHaiku0027/September 24, 2020]

Trump told the Proud Boys
To just “stand back and stand by”
Terror encouraged

[BlackGirlHaiku0028/September 30, 2020]

The Trump Family shows
Its arrogance by breathing
Without wearing masks

[BlackGirlHaiku0029/October 3, 2020]

“Da da da DAT da…”
Time for Hamiltons‘s King George
To mock us through song

[BlackGirlHaiku0030/October 10, 2020]