our first year in
and Nature still sends us
its idea of housewarming gifts,
insects of all sizes
and fear factors
still, we are grateful
as crawly things share their world
and then we rescue ourselves
with help from a handy cup
so critters, too, can relocate
you know, it’s not every night
one can sleep with a scorpion
and here, too, kindness counts,
just as it does with neighbors
we’ll never be friends with
is an award-winning cherita poet, a Best of the Net and Dwarf Star nominee, and
the author of six books of haiku-based writing. His titles include Steel Cut
Moon (Cholla Needles Press, 2019), The Silence We Came For (Yavanika
Press), and Just Dust and Stone, with Bryan Rickert (Velvet Dusk Publishing).
In 2017, Peter invented a new linked form, the split sequence, which is haiku-centered.
His short-form writing has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including
Failed Haiku, Haibun Today, KYSO Flash, The Aurorean, and The Cherita.
Peter lives with his family in the high desert of southern California.
Here in MacQ-9:
Love Thing, a split sequence by Peter Jastermsky