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Haiku by Andrew

Topical Haiku for June 2019

          

Cohost Andrew Huff read a quartet of his trademark topical haiku at our show on June 4, 2019.

Hair always looks worst
the week before a haircut --
and best the day of.

If Trump's trade tariffs
don't destroy Midwest farmers,
maybe the floods will.

New abortion laws
put women's lives in danger.
How is that pro-life?

If you are threatened
by the concept of gay pride,
just how straight are you?

Topical Haiku for April 2019

          

The runoff election was weighing on cohost Andrew Huff ahead of our April show, which happened to fall on election night.

Mayor Preckwinkle
after today's election.
Or Mayor Lightfoot.

Either one will be
Chicago's first black woman
to become mayor.

The question remains:
will she be an improvement
over Rich and Rahm?

Lead in our water.
The City sent a savior:
a filter pitcher.

Tulips break the soil,
their thick green leaves welcoming
the coming of spring.

March 2019 Haiku

          

The 125th episode of Tuesday Funk happened to fall on Mardi Gras, and cohost Andrew Huff took that as inspiration for a couple of his topical haiku for the month.

Mardi Gras today!
Laissez les bon temps rouller!
Lent starts tomorrow.

What would you give up?
Me, a 40-day diet.
Reward is less me.

Que séra séra
Whatever will be, will be.
Record player skipped.

Now, I exhaled. Now.
Not tomorrow, not next week.
Now means this instant.

Fresh, Cold Haiku

          

Recent extreme weather was on cohost Andrew Huff's mind as he wrote his haiku for our February 5, 2019 show.

Thank you for coming
despite both an ice storm and
State of the Union.

Do cold toilet seats
sting less if your butt
is already cold?

Seventy degrees
from Thursday to Saturday.
Thanks, global warming.

He also shared a poem written with the assistance of Haikubes:

Our parallel dilemma:
What if we are following
behind the wrong one?

Haiku for a Cold December

          

Tuesday Funk cohost Andrew Huff read a few of his patented topical haiku at our December show.

Trump is "Tariff Man,"
erasing stock market gains
super-villain style.

Winter has arrived
on ragged wings: cold, spiteful,
fall warmth forgotten.

Holidays approach,
critics' best-of-the-year lists
dropping like snowflakes.

Time is relative.
Black Panther came out this year.
Feels so long ago.

Andrew's Haiku for November 2018

          

As fall entered its more wintry season, and as the tallies began to roll in on election night, Tuesday Funk cohost Andrew Huff shared these topical haiku.

If you did not vote,
you do not get to complain.
You are self-silenced.

Anger and despair
take equal space in my mind
as I read headlines.

A rainy fall day
Wet leaves stick to the sidewalk
Black skeletal trees

Anticipating,
the squirrel builds its warm nest
to dream through winter.

And in honor of a couple of regular attendees' recent nuptials...

Brian and Laura
got married on Saturday.
Congratulations!

Headache Haiku

          

Tuesday Funk cohost Andrew Huff had a headache that was going on two days when we got together on Oct. 2, and it made its presence known in his topical haiku.

What is there to do
when your head aches for two days
and your brain is fuzz?

It's not a migraine.
No light sensitivity,
just dull temple pain.

A Tylenol helps.
Caffeine does not. Does water? Perhaps.
It's dehydration.

Haiku for September, 2018

          

August's hot, sultry weather weighed heavily on cohost Andrew Huff's mind (and body) at the 120th episode of Tuesday Funk.

Right place at right time
for a free beer to make the
whiskey taste sweeter.

Languid summer night.
So hot the cat will not chase
a house centipede.

Jazz Fest Saturday,
and skies stay clear in honor
of Ramsey Lewis.

Late summer downpours
turn city streets to streams
and preempt picnics.

A Haiku Tribute

          

Cohost Andrew Huff's grandmother passed away in May at 97. His haiku at the June show were a remembrance of her.

My grandmother died
having lived in two countries:
Italy and here.

She immigrated
at 8, speaking no English,
to near Taylor Street.

No one in her class
would speak to her -- none except
a little black boy.

She left Taylor Street
and then Austin, in white flight,
for "safe" Mount Prospect.

In Arizona,
widowed, Fox News her comfort,
she never forgot.

Racism, fear, hate
melted away when she thought
of that kind black boy.

Andrew's Haiku for May 2018

          

Spring was in the air and on cohost Andrew Huff's mind (among other things) at our May 1 show.

Seventy degrees
is most welcome in April
and late October.

Spring in Chicago,
and cats wait patiently for
windows to open.

Bill Cosby was brought
to justice after decades
for raping women.

Why is R. Kelly
still a working musician
despite all he did?

NRA bans guns
from its own pep rally, but
not from high school halls.

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