Sounds of Princess Street: haiku and senryu

Last Thursday (November 29) I posted ‘A stroll down Princess Street’, a haibun. I have since gone into town (Kingston) for a second walk, this time tuning into street sounds. Here are a few of the haiku/senryu that I wrote. My final one-line haiku appears in Troutswirl’s A Sense of Place on December 5, 2018 (written and edited by KJ Munro).

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in cold twilight

street lamps ignite

trumpets in my mind

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above sidewalk ice

an evening interlude

St. Andrew’s chimes

:

“Can you spare change?”

the man in the doorway,

his oxygen tubes.

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gushing water

a boy hoses down the rink

at Market Square

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on a quiet stretch

a sewer grate clinks

I aim for the next one

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a pigeon lingers at the chirping crosswalk*

*some crosswalk signals emit chirping sounds for visually impaired people. This style is being phased out due to reports of birds imitating the chirps and confusing pedestrians.

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©️2018 Ontheland

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