Friday, 4 June 2021

Six Wonderful Haiku by Tohm Bakelas


hispanic streets conjuring ghosts


grey clouds mask the sky—

beyond the cemetery—

i dream of lost love


loaded reading poems in the dark 


i read poetry

and laugh at shifting shadows

as the hours drain on



haiku for m.t.s.


when i am with you

all that coldness goes away

my heart swells with warmth



parallel lives fuse


it took thirty years

so many empty-handed sunsets

i love you



a promise


when the light goes out

rain whispers my dying name—

i will never leave



shared pain


moonlight on white snow,

dead poet’s words in my head—

feeling low i grin

Tohm Bakelas is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. He was born in New Jersey, resides there, and will die there. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, zines, and online publications. He has published 10 chapbooks. He runs Between Shadows Press.

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