Canal haiku

bridge over the canal

It’s sandal season—
you bring back a blister
from the canal.

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Light from the water
plays on the steel girders.
A train’s screeching wheels.

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Leading a crew
of gnomes and potted plants,
the jolly roger.

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After the canal boat passes,
the huge floating leaf
reverses course.

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Lowering their heads in threat
again and again: geese
with a single gosling.

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Where the high-speed
train will run,
the drillers’ four-storey screw.

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Behind the supermarket,
the pigeons line up
for crumbs of bread.

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You can find her by the ding
of bicyclists’ bells:
the deaf dog.

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Leaning out over
the green water,
he paints the boat green.

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“End-of-life
destination for cars”—
and next door, stacks of tires.

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