“Truck Crashes into Waffle House: 5 Injured” (Laurence Stacey)



………………..Waffle House menu
………………..the fly too
………………..rubbing hands





“Truck Crashes into Waffle House: 5 Injured” (My Eye Witness News)


Poem by Laurence Stacey (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.




  1. Laryalee

    Hi Laurence,
    I love the empathy here…I think of Issa and his fly haiku, and you take it to yet another level. Nicely penned!

  2. Dick Whyte

    I couldn’t agree more – you took it to a whole… nother… level!!!! (as that guy on Mad TV would say). A beautifully subtle play on the Issa poem.

  3. Chen-ou Liu

    Laurence, I agree with the above comments. A well-crafted poem.


  4. Laurence Stacey

    Hey Lary, Dick, and Chen-ou! Thanks for the kind words. This poem kind of fell into my lap…well, on the breakfast page to be specific :D

  5. Bill Kenney

    That balance of empathy and humor, so well done.

  6. Laurence Stacey

    Thanks Bill!

  7. Chen-ou Liu

    “I think of Issa and his fly haiku”


    Laurence, I just found the following haiku

    oh, don’t swat!
    the fly rubs hands
    rubs feet

    – Issa


  8. Chris White

    I enjoyed the humour and empathy too. With the attached news article the poem takes on a more sinister dimension though – is the fly looking forwards to waffles, or to the possibility of a dead body?

  9. Chris White

    P.s. I think this is a great demonstration of how the haiku can have new dimensions added to them by the associated articles.

  10. Laurence Stacey

    Hey Chen-ou, that is one of my favorite poems by Issa! He had such a deep sense of empathy and his work displays a great deal of kokoro.

  11. Laurence Stacey

    Great reading Chris! I actually hadn’t considered that aspect of the haiku. I agree. I think that the articles really open the poems in unique ways.

  12. Chris White

    Yeah, I think that’s one of the great potentials of this project – the new openings the articles can bring to the poems.

    This reminds me of something which I read today by Richard Gilbert over on THF: “the [haiku] do not necessarily “stand alone” in Japanese (in the western sense of a purely autonomous artwork), there often exists vectors of reference…in order to enter the richer landscapes of authorial intention.” I don’t think the authorial intention bit at the end is relevant here, just end the quote at “richer landscapes”.

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