Friday, December 31, 2010

755

Town without signposts
Not knowing where you’re going
Still must make your way

Thursday, December 30, 2010

754

Six minutes of joy
We’ll rearrange our lives for
Six minutes of joy

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

753

Day without regret
Open to experience
And second thoughts

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

752

It can not be done

But that does not mean yellow

And green don’t exist

Monday, December 27, 2010

751

Look at a spectrum
Try to define where green stops
And yellow begins

Sunday, December 26, 2010

750

Each time I get sick
A piece of me wonders will
I ever get well

Saturday, December 25, 2010

749

We’ve all got things we
Do to survive. Some feed the
Body. Some the soul

Friday, December 24, 2010

748

Set it up again
Let me have another chance
While I’m still willing

Thursday, December 23, 2010

747

Angry GenXer
Too old to embrace the change
Too young to give up

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

746

Maybe your ticket
On the last train to glory
Is the stranger who…?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

745

Let’s drop the pretense
Here’s the job I have to do
Here’s where we conflict

Monday, December 20, 2010

744

They do what I do
But aren’t like me in most ways
Which of us is right?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

743

Making connections
Between things not related
Means you’re smart or mad

Saturday, December 18, 2010

742

Go through the motions
Do the things that must be done
But don’t really care

Friday, December 17, 2010

741

We do things for them
And we do things for us. Which
Give us more meaning?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

740

Good blogging is hard
Must be thought-provoking, quick
And above all real

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

739

We are grown-ups, right?
That means we say what we think
And don’t fear power

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

738

Day without meetings
Chance to clear piles off my desk
And read my email

Monday, December 13, 2010

737

Worst nightmare of all
Your child abducted and lost
Unknown horrors haunt

Sunday, December 12, 2010

736

Set a new record
For athletics but more so
For maturity

Saturday, December 11, 2010

735

Sitting by the pool
Got my sunscreen and my shades
Forgot my damn book

Friday, December 10, 2010

734

Rain, rain go away
You’re messing up my plans and
Driving my wife mad

Thursday, December 9, 2010

733

The death of a friend
Reminds how fragile we are
And how short life is

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

732

Hide behind email
Never talking to people
Makes life easier

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

731

Such a pretty girl
Already knows pretty brings
Things not pretty won’t

Monday, December 6, 2010

730

Not good but better
Less tantrums and more focus
I can see him try

Sunday, December 5, 2010

729

A leader takes charge
But does not do all the work
Must engage others

Saturday, December 4, 2010

728

Untroubled sleep is
A distant memory when
They depend on you

Friday, December 3, 2010

727

Does the wall shock you?
What else can fathers build when
All they have are bricks?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

726

The man will wander
Fifty feet in the ocean
Gets swallowed and lost

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

725

The heat of the sun
The freshness of the breeze and
The roar of the surf

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

724

Battles with the boy
No matter my intention
We keep butting heads

Monday, November 29, 2010

723

Eleven days out
Of the office and just two
Days of restful peace

Sunday, November 28, 2010

722

Two days to get here
And two more days to get home
Vacation between

Saturday, November 27, 2010

721

The little red star
Tells me I have messages
I’ll check them later

Friday, November 26, 2010

720

Time to disconnect
Unwind and do what feeds me
Not what feeds the world

Thursday, November 25, 2010

719

Too much going on
Need a vacation. There’ll be
More when I return

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

718

You’re all important
Just not equally so and
Far less so than me

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

717

Set your own vision
And then manage your own time
To make it happen

Monday, November 22, 2010

716

Is it the worry
That makes success possible?
Lose one and lose both?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

715

Stay calm, speak slowly
Remember it’s not a sprint
It’s a marathon

Saturday, November 20, 2010

714

Meet each new challenge
With grace that comes from knowing
You pick your battles

Friday, November 19, 2010

713

Never ask your dad
If he feels like a grown up
He will surprise you

Thursday, November 18, 2010

712

No longer their slave
A player with bigger stakes
And an equal voice

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

711

He thought he was good
How bitter it was to learn
He’s not good enough

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

710

It’s causing trouble
It really needs to go but
It won’t go easy

Monday, November 15, 2010

709

Being a leader
Takes courage. Being good one
Takes humility

Sunday, November 14, 2010

708

I want to be free
Of things that restrain me and
Keep me from my best

Saturday, November 13, 2010

707

Hate the things you do
But never stop doing them
No sense of control

Friday, November 12, 2010

706

That’s a good question
Something speakers say whether
It is or it isn’t

Thursday, November 11, 2010

705

Wait! I can fix that
I have the tools and the will
But never the time

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

704

She’s got her values
She’s got them written down for
The au pair to read

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

703

Think before speaking
A moment to collect thoughts
Can pay big rewards

Monday, November 8, 2010

702

WriteCamp Milwaukee
It’s the second time I’ve come
Better than the first

Sunday, November 7, 2010

701

We’re all so stubborn
Thinking that we’re always right
And must defend turf

Saturday, November 6, 2010

700

Drama in real life
Some things you change for pacing
But conflict rings true

Friday, November 5, 2010

699

Skills a leader needs
Dialogue and inquiry
Purpose and presence

Thursday, November 4, 2010

698

Ever stop to think
What the people we’re chasing
Are chasing themselves?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

697

Pain like no other
Lights, noise, thoughts can make you sick
Lie down in the dark

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

696

Stay above the fray
They will tear themselves apart
While you appear wise

Monday, November 1, 2010

695

He fears just one thing
Not me nor the wrath of God
Loss of precious toy

Sunday, October 31, 2010

694

Choose to be crabby
Dwell on the negative side
And the world seems bleak

Saturday, October 30, 2010

693

Never will escape
The greed and intrigue of those
Above and below

Friday, October 29, 2010

692

It satisfies less
But is easier to get
Than that which fulfills

Thursday, October 28, 2010

691

Always get nervous
Before speaking in public
But not while on stage

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

690

Waiting to connect
Mixed signals and dropped phone calls
Alone in public

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

689

Some don’t get published
I give you so many but
Some are just for me

Monday, October 25, 2010

688

Inspiration strikes
When I am on the road and
Exposed to new things

Sunday, October 24, 2010

687

How does one discern
Sincere words of wisdom from
Empty platitudes?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

686

Day to day we’re not
Afraid of dying. Most are
Afraid of living

Friday, October 22, 2010

685

It was yesterday
Or the day before. My time
Never seems my own

Thursday, October 21, 2010

684

You’re running too fast
To know where you are going
It’s a blind alley

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

683

Who’s the builder and
Who’s the tool? Are you sure? Look
At what’s being built

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

682

Old man underwear
Waistband rides on belly roll
Looks wider than you

Monday, October 18, 2010

681

Write one page per day
Don’t worry if good or bad
Edit it later

Sunday, October 17, 2010

680

The myth of control
Natural consequence of
The myth of free will

Saturday, October 16, 2010

679

Write yourself a note
The most important thing that
You always forget

Friday, October 15, 2010

678

A head for business
And a temperament to match
What’s he doing here?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

677

The life you have is
The one you made while you weren’t
Paying attention

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

676

He wants a trophy
Doesn’t know there’s more to learn from
Losing than winning

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

675

Not sure this will work
Also not sure how trusting
Guy upstairs will help

Monday, October 11, 2010

674

Stop being prepared
Can’t predict what happens next
Just go with your gut

Sunday, October 10, 2010

673

We who are between
Still charge the hills as if young
Bitter when we fail

Saturday, October 9, 2010

672

The old don’t attempt
They know their limits and stay
Where they won’t be hurt

Friday, October 8, 2010

671

The young charge up it
Drunk with power of their legs
No hill is too steep

Thursday, October 7, 2010

670

Three generations
One young, one old, one between
All face the same hill

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

669

In a hospital
Two thousand miles away, yet
Offering wisdom

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

668

The story seems real
They ask if it’s where I work
It’s where we all do

Monday, October 4, 2010

667

The plants are sprouting
Pushing again through the soil
Hope springs eternal

Sunday, October 3, 2010

666

Can a haiku with
This title not mention the
Number of the beast?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

665

Haiku is wisdom
Brought to light for a moment
Quickly forgotten

Friday, October 1, 2010

664

Unable to sleep
Taking a new approach but
Still plagued with worry

Thursday, September 30, 2010

663

The art of ending
Too soon and you hurt feelings
Too late you waste time

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

662

Sometimes it’s too much
Sometimes it’s under control
It doesn’t change; I do

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

661

Contracts with yourself
Are only useful if you
Have power to sign

Monday, September 27, 2010

660

One day you’ll wake up
And you’ll know your dad is dead
Time to be a man

Sunday, September 26, 2010

659

Don’t quit your god, just
Quit your church. Or at least stop
Telling me it’s good

Saturday, September 25, 2010

658

Now it’s lung cancer
Just six months without chemo
Or eighteen months with

Friday, September 24, 2010

657

Forgot to hit save
And lost two of my haiku
All art is fleeting

Thursday, September 23, 2010

656

Guess who’s stopping you
From doing what must be done
Look in the mirror

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

655

Waiting at Noodles
Don’t feel like cooking and need
Quick dinner for one

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

654

The world will test you
Do you have the courage to
Create new meaning?

Monday, September 20, 2010

653

Where does it come from?
And where does it go? What do
You want it to be?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

652

Lessons in blogging
Delivered from my own mouth
When did I learn this?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

651

The kid has issues
No more than most at that age
Did you think he wouldn’t?

Friday, September 17, 2010

650

Best birthday wishes
From the ones and zeros at
MikeRoweWorks dot com

Thursday, September 16, 2010

649

Don’t waste our time on
Decisions already made
We shape the future

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

648

Time spent is time served
Think about what you’re doing
And where it gets you

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

647

Tests of leadership
Come with big events and with
Each step on the way

Monday, September 13, 2010

646

I feel the same stress
Things added to my long list
By you or by me

Sunday, September 12, 2010

645

Here’s some news for you
There are no better ideas
Just better insights

Saturday, September 11, 2010

644

Cell phone poetry
Is not the same when you switch
To a Blackberry

Friday, September 10, 2010

643

Ways to be online
One who sells or one who hides
Tools to use or fear

Thursday, September 9, 2010

642

Create a monster
Hide it where no one can see
Use it to control

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

641

We’re terrified of
His socialist agenda
Even if not real

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

640

Crank out the haiku
Pause only to count the beats

Pure creative force

Monday, September 6, 2010

639

The turkey’s gone bad
I smell it on my fingers
Feel it in my gut

Sunday, September 5, 2010

638

He’s willing to fight
For the things he thinks are right
Even at long odds

Saturday, September 4, 2010

637

Five syllable words
Are easy to find. Seven
Syllable words aren’t

Friday, September 3, 2010

636

Song about nothing
An ode to futility
Absent a meaning

Thursday, September 2, 2010

635

He’s not very smart
Easy to manipulate
A heart but no pulse

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

634

Under the radar
Creating change in secret
Yet one with the world

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

633

Can’t tell them apart
Are they friend or are they foe?
Best just kill them all

Monday, August 30, 2010

632

The new patriot’s
Nursery rhyme: Enemies
Here, there, everywhere

Sunday, August 29, 2010

631

No understanding
Of how the world really works
Yet cocky and sure

Saturday, August 28, 2010

630

Give a gift each day
Make it great, worth receiving
Success will follow

Friday, August 27, 2010

629

The great author’s voice
Transforms truth from personal
To universal

Thursday, August 26, 2010

628

Commitments are made
Contracts you sign with yourself
You will find the time

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

627

They love the drama
But ask how can he be so
Hopelessly naïve

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

626

Snows falls like powder
Light and winsome through the night
Crusty hard by day

Monday, August 23, 2010

625

Covering one eye
Makes you easy to attack
Ruins depth perception

Sunday, August 22, 2010

624

We all make mistakes
Some cut far deeper than others
But all can be healed

Saturday, August 21, 2010

623

The best stories have
Symbols supplied by readers

Not forced by writers

Friday, August 20, 2010

622

That which inspires
Gets lost in mundane details
Livelihood not life

Thursday, August 19, 2010

621

Wore slippers to work
Next will be soft blankets and
Sipping hot cocoa

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

620

You are a dear friend
Should be said more than it is
Love and peace to you

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

619

Suffice it to say
The family’s doing well
And send you our best

Monday, August 16, 2010

618

Life’s often busy
Holidays uniquely so
Choices must be made

Sunday, August 15, 2010

617

No letter this year
So sorry to disappoint
Do better next year

Saturday, August 14, 2010

616

New Patriots say
His death buys my liberty
Price we must all pay

Friday, August 13, 2010

615

Old patriots asked
For liberty or their death
They lived free or died

Thursday, August 12, 2010

614

He’s got the talent
Unrefined by discipline
No platform for launch

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

613

Let it grow too long
And now it’s hard to pull up
Best to prune or dig?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

612

Two men meet for lunch
One has what the other wants
But no will to give

Monday, August 9, 2010

611

Whose side are you on?
Sometimes you need to pick sides
Most of the time not

Sunday, August 8, 2010

610

I’m tired and crabby
What would life bring if I wasn’t
So tired and crabby?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

609

You need to make choices
Some boxes you tear wide open
Some keep tightly shut

Friday, August 6, 2010

608

Seems like harmless fun
Until hours have ticked on by
More like obsession

Thursday, August 5, 2010

606

Making an impact
Voice beginning to be heard
Bring change to the crowd

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

605

Moves from place to place
Unable to find meaning
Fiction reflects life

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

604

New group of critics
Not as helpful as the last?
Or too soon to tell?

Monday, August 2, 2010

603

Google ‘Smith’ then ‘Chen’
Smith wins, but there are more Chens
Google sees a slice

Sunday, August 1, 2010

602

Dream you’re someone else
Not who you want to be, but
A mind you can’t know

Saturday, July 31, 2010

601

How much time is there?
It seems like enough to Be
But not to Become

Friday, July 30, 2010

600

Hey! I’ll take the train
Not fight traffic, get work done
Always run on time

Thursday, July 29, 2010

599

Jesus in disguise
Like the prophet, his message
Not clear ‘til the end

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

598

Our soul an effect
Of atoms and chemistry
Mind what the brain does

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

597

If ‘we’ manifest
Only in our actions, then
There is no ‘within’

Monday, July 26, 2010

596

They say there’s free will
But they assume we exert
Control from within

Sunday, July 25, 2010

595

When does it happen?
When do facts become knowledge?
And knowledge wisdom?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

594

Don’t get us wrong. We
Love socialism. But we love
Cocktail parties more

Friday, July 23, 2010

593

List of things to do
Eleven days to do them
Finished about half

Thursday, July 22, 2010

592

A new way to write
Leave the door wide open, then
Kick a few things out

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

591

Voice of a city
Loud, cocksure and indiff’rent
People are its tools

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

590

Things that must be done
Come before those you prefer
Decide which is which

Monday, July 19, 2010

589

Two chapters ahead
But no sense of next few steps
Makes me feel anxious

Sunday, July 18, 2010

588

Single point of view
Authoritative, and yet

Full of bravado

Saturday, July 17, 2010

587

As they get older
Their presents get smaller and

Much more expensive

Friday, July 16, 2010

586

Eve ate the apple
And condemned us all to death
But Lilith didn’t

Thursday, July 15, 2010

585

I want to be loved
Not worshipped or idolized
Small chance of either

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

584

Walk five hundred miles
And then walk five hundred more
Fall down at my door

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

583

The truth of one man
Revealed in the way he treats
Those who surround him

Monday, July 12, 2010

582

I’m out to destroy
Happily ever after
It makes fiction dull

Sunday, July 11, 2010

581

You do what I say
I’m the boss, I call the shots
Darn tootin’ I am

Saturday, July 10, 2010

580

It’s my policy
Treat them like responsible
Adults. Not like kids

Friday, July 9, 2010

579

They want a good yarn
With heroes beating villains

And happy endings

Thursday, July 8, 2010

578

Loved the beginning
Are with me through the middle
Will they like the end?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

577

Neither. Things are true
That can be demonstrated
Or made manifest

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

576

What makes something true?
Just my say so? Or the say
So of those I trust?

Monday, July 5, 2010

575

Holidays are here
Time to let OCDs shine
Get your way or else

Sunday, July 4, 2010

574

Season’s first snowfall
Dusting of fine white powder
Over crunchy ice

Saturday, July 3, 2010

573

A clash of cultures
We do this and you do that
Neither way is best

Friday, July 2, 2010

572

Always last to know
Symptom of position and
Personality

Thursday, July 1, 2010

571

He’s always been slow
Slow to crawl, walk, potty train
He will grow in time

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

570

Should you still give thanks
When you don’t believe there’s one
To receive those thanks?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

569

When it’s all too much
Put it aside for the day
Face it fresh the next

Monday, June 28, 2010

568

Each of them waffles
Like me they sit and observe

The next one will choose

Sunday, June 27, 2010

567

I used to feel torn
Pleasing me or the masses
No longer a choice

Saturday, June 26, 2010

566

Are they stupid? Or
Are they liars with agendas?
Or blinded by fear?

Friday, June 25, 2010

565

We pretend to know
Fooling the world and ourselves

It keeps us secure

Thursday, June 24, 2010

564

Not doing my work
Planned to but it’s the weekend
And I’d rather play

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

563

Look, there ain’t no ‘the’
Eagles, Police, Talking Heads
Why do we add it?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

562

Haiku six hundred
Could be the same as sixteen
Would I even know?

Monday, June 21, 2010

561

Create, innovate
Speculate, participate
Differentiate

Sunday, June 20, 2010

560

Not a single strength
Leadership is a system

That perpetuates

Saturday, June 19, 2010

559

Can’t please everyone
Better to achieve goals than
Keep the world happy

Friday, June 18, 2010

558

Don’t worry so much
You’re only failing by your
Own expectations

Thursday, June 17, 2010

557

What is worth doing?
Are there ways to know without
Doing everything?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

556

Trapped in a cycle
Stress-inducing thought patterns
Break free with vision

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

555

The man’s retired
He no longer has the means
Nor the engagement

Monday, June 14, 2010

554

In New York they leave
Yes, but what else is there in
Green Bay, Wisconsin?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

553

Fans at Lambeau Field
Impress the Long Islander
Staying till the end

Saturday, June 12, 2010

552

Best part of the day
No matter the agenda
Time I spend alone

Friday, June 11, 2010

551

We’re strings vibrating
In eleven dimensions
At once here and there

Thursday, June 10, 2010

550

I know math describes
Reality. But can math
Define it as well?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

549

iPhones need fingers
And Blackberries need your thumbs
But do you need them?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

548

Dogs bark, pigeons swarm
Crazy beard man shakes the tree
And everyone smokes

Monday, June 7, 2010

547

Never look forward
To things you don’t plan. Others
Always disappoint

Sunday, June 6, 2010

546

Still and quiet place
Distant hum of forced air and
Splish of things that drip

Saturday, June 5, 2010

545

Texas won one war
And lost another. Both a
Struggle to be free

Friday, June 4, 2010

544

No written records
No photographs of their own
Their culture obscured

Thursday, June 3, 2010

543

Sixteenth century
Horse armor. Metal shaped to
Mimic strength and grace

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

542

Gray and unfriendly
Just on the outside. Inside
Colorful and warm

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

541

Nothing’s harder than
The test of being alone
What you choose to be

Monday, May 31, 2010

540

Frustration and angst
Contradictory critiques
No clear path forward

Sunday, May 30, 2010

539

World turned upside down
Old priorities give way
To pressing new needs

Saturday, May 29, 2010

538

The book’s inside me
It won’t write itself, but will
Be drawn out in time

Friday, May 28, 2010

537

Really knocked them dead
Not just reading but acting
A whole new career

Thursday, May 27, 2010

536

A wise one once said
Thoughts aren’t complete until you
Articulate them

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

535

Only thing I do
That makes me feel strong and true
She couldn’t care less

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

534

Write a haiku where
Each of the three lines ends with
An incomplete thought

Monday, May 24, 2010

533

Delegating is
Easy. What’s hard is holding
Them accountable

Sunday, May 23, 2010

532

We teach them nonsense
And model bad behavior
Why don’t they behave?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

531

We’re tired all the time
Stay up late, get up early
And we wonder why

Friday, May 21, 2010

530

Little girl turned five
Got Barbies, toy computer
Brother plays with both

Thursday, May 20, 2010

529

Ran out of candy
Ghosts and goblins were polite
Happy Halloween

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

528

Thoughts can be expressed
Thoughts funny, selfish, sublime
Each kind feeds the next

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

527

Asked to read my work
On stage through a microphone
I am so ready

Monday, May 17, 2010

526

Haiku limits choice
Its form forces words and patterns
What about ideas?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

525

It’s all connected
Everything you think, say, do
Comes from the same source

Saturday, May 15, 2010

524

Too many podcasts
Hundreds left after I die
Easy to delete

Friday, May 14, 2010

523

Learning how to lie
Keep your secrets hidden while
Living in public

Thursday, May 13, 2010

522

The next big challenge
Is to keep yourself grounded
And options open

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

521

Everyone is sick
Virus raging through our house
No school, still must work

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

520

Hard lesson to learn
Must entertain to inform
Truth cloaked in fable

Monday, May 10, 2010

518

Lord of his world, with
Attack dogs and sycophants
At his beck and call

Sunday, May 9, 2010

517

Stories have three parts
Action, climax, denouement
Life repeats first two

Saturday, May 8, 2010

515

Going to D.C.
Not taking a private jet
Don’t want a bail-out

Friday, May 7, 2010

514

To rhyme with seven
Must one always choose heaven?
Try bread unleavened

Thursday, May 6, 2010

513

Opportunites
Do not just fall from the sky
You can grow your own

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

512

Why are they quitting?
Because they can’t hack it or
Need to blaze own trail?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

511

Time to change things up
Start throwing heated curveballs
What was last comes first

Monday, May 3, 2010

510

We meet by chance, both
In formal wear, both alone
And we dance as one

Sunday, May 2, 2010

509

Pay us more money
We’re worth it, you won’t miss it
Makes my life easy

Saturday, May 1, 2010

508

It’s now down to six
It was up to twenty-four
Where are they going?

Friday, April 30, 2010

507

When do you write these?
Where do you ever find time?
I just work it out

Thursday, April 29, 2010

506

Disadvantages?
Not really. Just the moral
Ambiguity

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

505

Proud of our bullets
Light, reusable casings
Still good at killing

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

504

I can’t do it all
Each moment just do the next
Most important thing

Monday, April 26, 2010

503

It’s scary to think
How much a slave we’d all be
If freedom was free

Sunday, April 25, 2010

502

Being productive
Takes its toll. Sometimes you just
Want to let things drop

Saturday, April 24, 2010

501

Not a good idea
To eat the fried food they serve
It will make you sick

Friday, April 23, 2010

500

How long has it been?
He got and has recovered
From AIDS and cancer

Thursday, April 22, 2010

499

Does conformity
Occur from the top down or
From the bottom up?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

498

It’s always the same
Brand-driven environments
Target and Starbucks

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

497

Put yourself out there
But don’t give yourself away
Writer’s dilemma

Monday, April 19, 2010

496

Read this book before
More times than I care to count
Help her make it new

Sunday, April 18, 2010

495

If what you wanted
Was cup of cream and sugar
Why order coffee?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

494

A few real people
Mixed with mostly cell phone bots
My loyal readers

Friday, April 16, 2010

493

She’s drinking coffee
Made the same calculation
Caffeine sans sweetener

Thursday, April 15, 2010

492

It’s remarkable
How patterns of thought trap us
And limit our reach

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

491

People only care
When they’ve got something at stake
What’s in it for me?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

490

Struggle of my life
I want to achieve something
But I don’t know what

Monday, April 12, 2010

489

There comes a time when
Diminishing returns force
A new strategy

Sunday, April 11, 2010

488

I try really hard
To be the best I can be
Should I stop trying?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

487

Is haiku best when
Read as a single sentence
Over its three lines?

Friday, April 9, 2010

486

I’m getting better
At making small talk, but still
Search for common ground

Thursday, April 8, 2010

485

Try to imagine
What it must be like to be
The people you hate

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

484

Two friends having lunch
Once close, lives drifting apart
Still much in common

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

483

What can I recall
From last time we chanced to meet?
I seek connection

Monday, April 5, 2010

482

I once had big plans
Ways to rejoice, celebrate
Now they’re forgotten

Sunday, April 4, 2010

481

Sixteen subscribers
The most I have seen so far
Will it go higher?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

479

Doing his homework
A chance for father and son
To learn together

Friday, April 2, 2010

478

Two haiku a day
Keeps me fed but off schedule
Christmas in July

Thursday, April 1, 2010

477

Drop in the bucket
A teaspoon in the ocean
Attempts not noticed

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

476

A strange place to write
Filled with tired faces and loud voices
But sheltered corners

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

475

They’re not wise like us
They’re foolish and won’t listen
Someday they’ll wake up

Monday, March 29, 2010

474

You need to make choices
About where to spend your time
You can’t do it all

Sunday, March 28, 2010

473

They’re all so impressed
With how I think on my feet
Can’t they do the same?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

472

It’s feast or famine
It’s absence or abundance
Never in between

Friday, March 26, 2010

471

You know you will pay
For making such dumb comments
As if you’re in charge

Thursday, March 25, 2010

470

I have a puppy
His name is Milo the Dog
Milo has blue fur

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

469

Some things make me proud
Of other things I’m ashamed
To him they’re the same

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

468

Marks on the whiteboard
Asking how to spell haiku
Wants to be like me

Monday, March 22, 2010

467

Truth lives near the line
Sometimes short, sometimes past it
Never far away

Sunday, March 21, 2010

466

There’s a certain thrill
That comes with crossing the line
And a price to pay

Saturday, March 20, 2010

465

Went to Urgent Care
Daughter fell and broke her foot
It was not my fault

Friday, March 19, 2010

464

Now he does not care
After pushing me to act
He’ll hide in his weeds

Thursday, March 18, 2010

463

We just keep eating
As waistlines grow we care less
Slow slide to old age

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

462

He’s seven years old
Cried at loss in first chess game
Did he think he’d win?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

461

While the company
Besieged on all sides was forced
To stop playing cards

Monday, March 15, 2010

460

Up in Fond du Lac
A union shuffled the cards
And played the same hand

Sunday, March 14, 2010

459

Call me Ishmael
And other opening lines
Beginnings matter

Saturday, March 13, 2010

458

There’s no money left
In our wallet, bank, country
Let’s just print some more

Friday, March 12, 2010

457

We live in a world
Where madness is kept holy
And crime entertains

Thursday, March 11, 2010

456

A river of pee
My daughter said. And the poops
Are going swimming

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

455

I like what it means
Much better than how it sounds
My wife’s the reverse

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

454

Bought a new laptop
Had my pick of nine colors
It’s small, light and fast

Monday, March 8, 2010

453

How does someone stop
Doing the thing everything
Else must depend on?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

452

Don’t want to do this
Not now and never again
But I can’t just quit

Saturday, March 6, 2010

451

Keep it to yourself
The world won’t accept your search
It will just harm you

Friday, March 5, 2010

450

Why am I writing?
Is it so others can read?
Or so I can live?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

449

Look! There’s the rhino!
Sky glider is so much fun
There it is again!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

448

A cry in the night
Heard between sleep and waking
Bad dreams trouble all

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

447

Don’t come here to learn
I come here to listen and
Decide what comes next

Monday, March 1, 2010

446

Best meeting ever
Team did great job all around
Now get back to work