7 haiku for Torah Portion Pinchas by Rick Lupert (Is it Kosher if I tune my guitar?)


I
After the foibles
of the Midianites – time
to do some smitin’

II
Nothing stops us from
making babies – Over six
hundred thousand now

III
Plots are divided
We all get a piece of a
land we’ve never seen

IV
Moses, not long for
this world, endows Joshua
with a promotion

V
Summertime….and it’s
time to lean more about the
laws of sacrifice

VI
Don’t burn the fruit – Don’t
put the goat in the fruit bowl
So many details

VII
Is tuning guitars
considered mundane work ask
all the song leaders.


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.