It drums in my ear when try to sleep
in the wee hours; failed dream.

It crawls across the back of the neck,
intense itch at night, test the will power
not to scratch. succumb, scratch, savor
the brief freedom. would be nice if
the world pain can be relieved by the quick stroke.

The PA prescribed a tube of skin cream:
steroid and other ingridients, used for cancer!
it didn't work, of course, for it is a devil.

It cackles, spreading: red, itch pain.
what made it wants to bother me so;
what I did wrong?
PA, even the doc couldn't figure out.

blame the hair shampoo; allergic to it.
exile Ms. shampoo; wouldn't do any good.

The hair dryer! Vidal Sassoon says,
Keep the drier six-inch away from the noggin.
Dump the villain and wait, see the devil vanish. 

Have you ever had hive from using the hair dryer? I have.
Hive is a skin rash that itch and lasts long. its cause is often
difficult to tell. allergic reaction from food, exhaustion, and others 
are common. Once I had hive, not knowing its cause, Then I 
discovered that the hair dryer could cause hive, if ignored the 
instruction on using the product:
"When use, keep the dryer six-inch away."
If the manufacturer mentioned as to "Why" I would have
followed the instruction!

Byung A. 

Coyote Sees Himself in Water

Coyote Sees Himself in Water
  Tracy M, Atsitty

Averts his gaze: nare & lore, a body;
of water braded into itself: bone
of herring, its blackness among the bone
white rush plunge against his bare body,

wind up (upstroke) cascades a woman's body.

coyote grows tethers over keel bone,
thrusting, as if to buoy gently--blown
over himself, prone to leave the body

he embraced. No, there is no beauty here!
Estuary of thick mutter and honk,
up close: water, herring, & wind blow bare,
gnat embedded in matted feathers. Here--

Tracy M. Atsitty is the author of Rain Scald
(University of New Mexico Press, 2018).  She
is a PhD student in the creative writing program
at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where 
she lives.       

Even the Leaves

Even the leaves

While most of them
ramble round the yard
or blown away
like aimless souls,
some settle
in the window well;
visit the salamander and toad
hidden in their holes wide open;

the leaves hide the doors under their wings;
the finders of weak and helpless.
they welcome snow, meditate
beneath it, all winter long,
slowly fade till next spring.

©Byung A. Fallgren

Senryu (on health)

Senryu (on health) 

some hereditary disease
or condition as obesity can be controlled
evasive will-power

after a long thought
ordered a bottle of weight-loss
worthless to the food-lover

TB positive 
doesn't mean sick-guaranteed
only one-in-ten fall

*Person with TB positive (tuberculosis) doesn't infect others,
unless she or he is sick. Not everyone with TB positive ends up
getting sick, a doctor says. Only one-in-ten does.
Health professionals say when a person with TB positive's immune 
is low he or she can fall sick with TB.
In my observation, low immune system doesn't always trigger 
the disease. Some people with TB positive never get sick, even when their
immune system is low. They don't know exactly why.
So, I believe only one-in-ten people with TB positive get sick. Again,
no one knows the reason. They only guess some people's lung's wall is
so strong that the bacteria cannot penetrate it.   

--Byung A.  

January, Mother’s temper

January, Mother's temper

Twenty-five below zero has brought

six-inch snow;

was only days ago, days later,

it rains;

thirty-seven degrees, warm breath of

impatient spring. 

Who says only human can display uneven temper;
Mother startles us with hers. We only pray
she plays benign. Or should we say we 
check on our habit provoking her; we've done enough.

Listen to the cracking, artic ice in the January rain;

sea of the jagged pieces ice; bleeding polar bear.

The red setting sun shudders; echoes in our heart.
We whisper to the sun: we try hard.
January rain sobs, silent cry;
we listen, listen more.

Mother begs: dig out the muscle in the cove
of your heart.

©Byung A. Fallgren