Haiku in the spirit of sonic

Haiku in the spirit of sonic

So, here's a neat thing: my long-time collaborator, Jason "Brasswax" Kirk (he's played trumpet/effects on all Jonny Sonic albums) suprised me with quite a thoughtful gift on a recent birthday.   Brasswax is accomplished poet, writer, and editor and knows Jonny Sonic lyrics better than anyone second only to Jonny Sonic.   As a master haiku-ist, he grabbed snippets of Jonny Sonic lyrics and massaged them into haikus.   Here are some of my favorites:


feet hit the floor, six
in the morning, stretching arms,
my mind still yawning

Listen to Requisite (lyrics)


three o'clock, thoughts stir
me awake, an empty bed,
all a dream again

Listen to Separation Anxiety (lyrics)


deceivery seems
to be unbelievably
relieving to me

Listen to Identification Card (vienna) (lyrics)


upgrade my wife to ex-
wife: she thinks she upgraded
me, and we're both right

Listen to Upgrade (lyrics)


complaining draining
my day-to-day campaign - I
get nowhere with hate

Listen to Decompressor (lyrics)


little girl, fancy
tassel, lapping the crap off
a candied apple

Listen to Pesos y Euros (lyrics)


know this - I wrote this,
I took notice: folks hopeless,
broken, no focus

Listen to Citizens (lyrics)

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    It's getting hot in here...

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    Drop the bass with The Funk Engine & Boomer.

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