South Common Haiku Set by Paul Marion

South Common Haiku Set

by Paul Marion

Red bird in the pine,
a small thing, considering.
Overnight rain due.

Over the low hill
whiff of Owl Diner bacon—
they sell oatmeal, too.

The full empty pool—
acres of after-effects
in the open field.

Who has not looked up
and seen the long white jet trails
that fade in seconds?

Cold morning hotshot.
Glimpse of half-court one-on-none
through the diamond fence.

Not Carl’s cat-feet fog.
More, you can see the park’s breath—
Just this side of mist.

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Paul Marion is the author of several collections of poetry, including What Is the City?, and editor of Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac. He lives in Lowell, Mass., and works at UMass Lowell.