Allen Ginsberg

(3 June 1926 – 5 April 1997 / Newark, New Jersey)

Haiku (Never Published)

Poem by Allen Ginsberg

Drinking my tea
Without sugar-
No difference.

The sparrow shits
upside down
--ah! my brain & eggs

Mayan head in a
Pacific driftwood bole
--Someday I'll live in N.Y.

Looking over my shoulder
my behind was covered
with cherry blossoms.

Winter Haiku
I didn't know the names
of the flowers--now
my garden is gone.

I slapped the mosquito
and missed.
What made me do that?

Reading haiku
I am unhappy,
longing for the Nameless.

A frog floating
in the drugstore jar:
summer rain on grey pavements.
(after Shiki)

On the porch
in my shorts;
auto lights in the rain.

Another year
has past-the world
is no different.

The first thing I looked for
in my old garden was
The Cherry Tree.

My old desk:
the first thing I looked for
in my house.

My early journal:
the first thing I found
in my old desk.

My mother's ghost:
the first thing I found
in the living room.

I quit shaving
but the eyes that glanced at me
remained in the mirror.

The madman
emerges from the movies:
the street at lunchtime.

Cities of boys
are in their graves,
and in this town...

Lying on my side
in the void:
the breath in my nose.

On the fifteenth floor
the dog chews a bone-
Screech of taxicabs.

A hardon in New York,
a boy
in San Fransisco.

The moon over the roof,
worms in the garden.
I rent this house.

[Haiku composed in the backyard cottage at 1624
Milvia Street, Berkeley 1955, while reading R.H.
Blyth's 4 volumes, "Haiku."]

Comments about Haiku (Never Published) by Allen Ginsberg

  • Nade December (3/7/2017 10:08:00 AM)

    The moon over the roof I liked that line the most.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/30/2015 4:08:00 AM)

    Nice work with Haikus...I liked it.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/29/2014 3:03:00 PM)

    ......I love tea without sugar....awesome haiku(Report)Reply

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  • Colleen Courtney (4/29/2014 8:35:00 AM)

    Ginsberg writes such wonderful haiku's!(Report)Reply

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  • Captain Herbert PoetryCaptain Herbert Poetry (4/27/2014 3:41:00 AM)

    Very interesting haiku. Poet which has full of patience in syllabication.(Report)Reply

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/1/2014 3:43:00 PM)

    Nice series of haiku...great humor... wonder why they weren't published...I have liked Allen Ginsberg's poetry...(Report)Reply

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  • Chris Bowen (6/22/2008 1:54:00 AM)

    ive been wanting to read some ginsberg haiku.i found it interesting that he didnt follow the 5-7-5 syllable count so typical today.i wonder if he never heard of it or just didnt care?(Report)Reply

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  • Nasra Al AdawiNasra Al Adawi (3/22/2005 1:01:00 PM)

    Winter Haiku
    I didn't know the names
    of the flowers-now
    my garden is gone.

    this part I liked the most(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003