>Haiku for the modern world

by Brendan Strong

>Bring receipt within
One month from date of purchase
To get store credit

Don’t run red lights or
You’ll get bawled at by police
In unmarked squad cars

You should get a loan
To pay for all of those things
You really don’t want

We have great coffee
To keep us awake at night
Not moral concerns

I’m very worried:
Reality shows set our
Moral agenda

Do diphthongs count as
A raised pitch, or syllable
When writing haiku?

I have only love
To give, my cash is all gone
And you own my soul

My car’s a banger
Time to get a better one
Before baby comes

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