7 haiku for Parsha Chukat (The Red Cow Cures All) by Rick Lupert


I
It just takes one dose
of perfectly red cow to
cure what ails you

II
Forty years go by –
What happened during those years
was not written down

III
You can understand
the hesitation when told
to speak to a rock

IV
Howdy neighbor – Mind
if we pass through? No problem –
We will go around

V
You have to admire
Storytellers who kill off
major characters

VI
This is where all God’s
water comes from – Spring up, oh
well – and sing to it

VII
I think we will pass
through after all – that Land is
forty years coming


Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert created a the Poetry Super Highway (an online publication and resource for poets), and hosted the Cobalt Cafe weekly poetry reading for almost 21 years. He’s authored 20 collections of poetry, including “I’m a Jew, Are You” (Jewish themed poems) and “Feeding Holy Cats” (Poetry written while a staff member on the first Birthright Israel trip), and most recently “Donut Famine” (Rothco Press, December 2016) and edited the anthologies “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”, “A Poet’s Haggadah”, and “The Night Goes on All Night.” He writes the daily web comic “Cat and Banana” with fellow Los Angeles poet Brendan Constantine. He’s widely published and reads his poetry wherever they let him.

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