“BLACKBERRY HAIKU” by Alexis Rhone Fancher (Happy Birthday Alexis!!)

For Fancher
It was a hot day
I ate the cold blackberries.
you slept through it all.
I was hung over.
just a minor case of spins.
it fucked up my day.
you went bike riding.
then you came back here to sleep.
the berries beckoned.
I was working hard
& I stayed behind & wrote
hungover writing.
I’d suck you off if
you were wide awake right now
instead of sleeping.
I eat while you sleep.
Crime of opportunity.
I’d do it again.
I confess, okay?
I ate all the blackberries
& then you woke up.
All Rights Reserved
© 2010


  1. lkthayer · April 26, 2010

    Love the Haiku, love the blackberries, irresistible on both ends, brazen & bold always. Thank you Alexis – LK 🙂

  2. Lordy · April 26, 2010

    Loved the snap and loved the blackberry writing Alexis!!
    A real treat !!

  3. nicolerigets · April 26, 2010

    I love the line: “… Crime of opportunity” so much… it’s a prompt for unlimited imaginings. The photography lays out a force of its own!! You’re amazing!

  4. Linda Bishop · April 26, 2010

    Made me laugh. Whenever you’re in a relationship–even when you love someone deeply–we still have those ME-ME-ME moments where we say “I want this and I don’t care how it affects you.” Loved this because it’s such a metaphore for so many of those relationship moments.

  5. Roz Levine · April 27, 2010

    I loved this piece with its lure of blackberries, sex and the desire for the writing life. Chew on those words, spit them out, give them life whatever you do. You are such a creative person. May you live long and thrive, thrive, thrive!

  6. victoria · April 27, 2010

    simplicity at it’s finest – haiku & photo. keep it comin’.

  7. Adesh Kaur · April 27, 2010

    o alexis…. you are an intimate, stunning poet. thank you.

  8. Judi Kaufman · April 28, 2010

    Your brain, body and blackberries feed my blood with intoxication!

    I want more!!!!

  9. Bennie · April 28, 2010

    Blackberry Haiku is juicy, fruity, spicy, sexy and good for you!

  10. Gary Seiden · April 30, 2010

    What about the blowjob? Fancher, WAKE UP! That is a crime of missed opportunity.

    You can get more blackberries at Safeway, 24/7. But afternoon sex?

    Love to you both.

  11. noel alumit · May 1, 2010

    Great image and poem. Yowza!

  12. Leah Sullivan · May 5, 2010

    Innocent and sexy, lonely and connected, hungry, delicious, ironic. And charming. I love this poem and the way your work brings me right in to the moment with you.

  13. Rebecca · May 5, 2010

    You have inspired me to drink the fruit.

  14. Yolanda · May 13, 2010

    As always ,I am entertained and amused by your flow with words. Keep writing.

  15. lkthayer · September 22, 2010

    Happy Birthday you juicy goddess!! 🙂

  16. Angela Cohan · September 22, 2010

    Fantastic work Alexis–I love your work and your creativity.

    Have a wonderful birthday my friend.


  17. Marcus · September 22, 2010

    Stacking haikus’ into a house of haikus’. This is art and structure. The feeling and the form. Please more berries!

    Love it,


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