haiku: Tohm Bakelas

Tohm Bakelas
“haiku on my present, past, and future state of creativity”

today i write haikus 
yesterday short poems
tomorrow nothing 

“cold reality for poets”

feeling low we drink— 
someday poetry will no longer work— 
we failed 

“prayer for brokenhearted misanthropes”

when you stare into 
the sun long enough you 
become invincible  


labyrinths shift and 
awaken buried truths— 
i walk dark twisted paths 

“broken shadow”

lost wandering confused streets— 
the sun forgot to 
shine on me today 

Bio: Tohm Bakelas is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. He was born in New Jersey, resides there, and will die there. His poems have been printed widely in journals, zines, and online publications all over the world.  He is the author of twenty-five chapbooks and several collections of poetry, including “Cleaning the Gutters of Hell” (Zeitgeist Press, 2023).  He is the editor of Between Shadows Press. 

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