Beijing Haiku


A creepy ghoul moth

a good-for-nothing-cat

rubs against my leggings


Half a life

is not an unfinished life

she murmurs


Migrant sparrow

on bamboo scaffolding



I sit and sit

until my ass is rotten

(can’t sanitize my mind)


She’s addicted to “Dae Jang Geum”

I’ve succumbed to “Moonlight Resonance”


She says

I love you I hate you

You have wasted my life!



At Yonghe Gong

I burnt incense at the Great Buddha’s toenail


Perfume of sick mother

bleach of departed father

A scent like cucumber


Death haiku

Won’t change your strategy

Marilyn Chin