DAY IN MARCH
--by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming and Reid Mitchell
Oh brilliant brilliant weather for the zoo!
Look at the elephants, the lions and the mooing cows.
Shall we write this date in a haiku?
In my morning cup are grounds to be untrue:
Perambulator, alligators, and scowls.
Oh brilliant brilliant weather for the zoo.
Feed the parrots nuts, the pandas bamboo.
Oh my, are the giraffes staring at my blouse?
We must write all this in a haiku!
The vendors' hands: goddamn, don't eat the food.
What deranged god set amahs and children loose?
Brilliant disgusting weather for the zoo.
(My aim is for him to think I am a fool.
Scorn me. Don't make me a substitute spouse.
I know this is a villanelle, not a haiku.)
Write seventeen sounds:/ the world of dew
Villanelles/are scarce in French mouths.
Oh brilliant brilliant weather for the zoo
We must write all this in a haiku.
("Day in March" was first published in Rhythm Poetry Magazine, Winter 2008/09)