-water on my Chex-

Jane’s sister, who loves books beyond all, lives in Miami.  She picked up this local gem of funky Cuban haiku and mailed it out on loan.  Ever been to Hialeah? Here’s a little taste.

Just in case you’ve forgotten, haiku are 17 syllables in three lines of 5, 7, 5.

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like, bro, why, bro, why
for real, bro, seriously
man, bro, like, come on.

*

Henry likes Naty
she makes good espumita
but she’s his cousin.

*

the blue haired vieja
that works at the pharmacy
sells meds on the side.
*
outside Sedano’s.
one man peels the oranges
and i love that man.
*
we ran out of milk.
she poured water on my Chex,
and wiped away tears.
*
this honor just means
Juan had nowhere else to go:
perfect attendance.
*
I choose a number,
she moves her thumbs back and forth,
“Now choose a color.”
*

ITT said no.
Cordon Bleu said no (for now).
gonna be a cop.

*

Flaky but clingy,
you’re choking me with sweetness,
You: guava pastry.
****
Hialeah Haikus edited by Marco Ramirez & Alex Fumero
Published by Foryoucansee Books

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One response to “-water on my Chex-

  1. Julie von Zerneck

    Quite breathtaking!

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