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In the mood for a little poetry after watching nature’s exertions this week? Enjoy the gentle, cherry-scented breezes of our attempt to write haiku in October 2002.

Haiku is probably the most remarkable of
all poetic forms. As practiced by the great
Japanese poets, the best haikus manage to
evoke beauty, build emotion and provide
wisdom — all in only seventeen syllables. And
then there are these haikus created by
Instore’s “In the End” team …

Doughnut crumbs tumble
upon ring display … curse those
security guards

Footsteps echo … the buzz
of fluorescent lights above
Damn Super Bowl

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Ugly broken watch
mark it down twenty percent
someone will buy it

Brand-name watches in
my competitor’s window
authorized, my foot!

He’s old, she’s not … a
soft swipe of his credit card
clears away the years

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A couple lingers
engagement rings, I foresee
sigh … watch battery

Tock tick, tock tick, tock
something a bit strange with this
Rolex from Thailand

She: A true treasure
enough love for a lifetime
He: Nooky tonight

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My top salesperson
is sleeping with my wife … so,
who stays and who goes?

Brochures, calls, emails
I went overboard … customers
think I’m stalking them

He asks for a raise
happy to oblige, when the
cash he stole’s replaced

On his muddy shoes
a dewdrop glistens … Rejoice!
I found the damn thing

Inventory blues
out of my mind, ordering
all of those mood rings

Darkening skies and
now the flood — a half-carat,
you rotten cheapskate?

That gold pendant’s swing
mesmerized me; I wasn’t
looking at your chest!


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