Paul stumbled
on a couch foot
dropped to the floor
and spotted
a book
under the couch.
The book
was borrowed
from the library
months ago
and wore
magenta post-its
on seventeen pages
where someone
used yellow
to create
what Paul suspected
was a haiku
until he jotted
the seventeen words
on a sheet
of blue lined paper
with a fine point
felt-tip marker.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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