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Snatched by misty teeth
Arrested wonder above
Native songs below.


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The moon glows,
My hair grows,
I growl through my fangs!

I really enjoy Haiku and especially yours Jon, because they come with pictures, but I don't get how you build them. I can write beautiful poetry, outstanding scholastic papers, and great essays, but no clue where to even start to build a Haiku, so I very much appreciate someone who can.

Shannah Tovah from Jerusalem

john cox:


the haiku form:
5 sylables first line
7 sylables second line
5 sylables third line

Any words that strike you as visual and poignant that build to a snapshot of emotion is quite nice.

I happen to like the brevity and the strict structure of haiku.


I'm a simple man
From this soil my people came
In this soil remain

It's the first verse from Queen's "White Man" minus the second line. It's the first thing that popped in my head when I saw the illustration. The whole verse is:

I'm a simple man
With a simple name
From this soil my people came
In this soil remain

Harvest moon shining

Bright light burning without heat

Too soon Winter comes


Gawd! I just got back from Juneau, AK last night. This hits me in the 'ol noggin. I have done a lot of work work up there (throughout the state) the last 10 years or so, as some of you know. Too sarcastic to comment, but John, can you show an American Inuit with their hand...o$%..never mind!


Phillies Team Sucks Real Big Wind
Go Atlanta Braves


My moon shines brightly.
I fart in your direction;
It smells like ripe cheese.

Sorry - haven't had my morning coffee yet.


Nice one, Terry_Jim.


There was a girl
from Nantucket
Who....er....never mind


get girl ev'ry time
i know i will--dressed to kill
they call me Night Owl


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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