small-town diner
she tells us we can take
any seat we like


6 Responses

  1. Bruce Feingol Says:

    Such a warm and inviting poem! Good feeling for the day!

  2. Laszlo Slomovits Says:

    How sweet to notice such natural, down-home generosity ? and to pass it on. Thank you.

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    small-town diner
    she tells us we can take
    any seat we like


    I imagine diners to be highly bustling places from short orders very early morning to late night meals and dates and hang outs. I remember a 24 hour breakfast bar I used to frequent around 4am in the morning after nightclubbing. :-)

    Now things are changing and I hope this diner is now making free take out breakfasts and lunches to the key workers such as health workers. That they can take phone and email orders for take out for the public too, to keep them just able to pay bills.

    Wonderful haiku!


    Here's a monostich honoring both diners, their cooks and their short order cooking, and Edward Hopper too, of course. The artist who painted loneliness and isolation.


    Hopper diners the fading starlight short orders gather momentum

    Alan Summers
    proletaria politics philosophy phenomena
    ed. Elancharan Gunasekaran (December 2019)

  4. Jennifer Burd Says:

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments! I enjoy your one-liner, Alan.

  5. Alan Summers Says:


    I've ended up doing short order cooking at home. Post-isolation I hope to show off my burgeoning skills to visiting haiku poets! One American haiku poet a while back enjoyed our cooking! :-)


  6. martin1223 Says:

    empty senate
    from my speakers
    the wind’s sound

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