7 Haiku For Parsha Devarin (We men love our maps) by Rick Lupert


I
Holy Land across
the river – Thirty-seven
days left with Moses

II
Seeking smarty pants
Israelites to hire
in top positions

III
Reminded of the
extra forty years because
we were so evil

IV
I think we’re going
in circles – I think we are
going in circles

V
Fast forward thirty
eight years – All the evil ones
gone – gone means they died

VI
All these stories – the
recounting and recounting
Nothing but re-runs

VII
The Land divided
Canaanites not consulted
We men love our maps


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.