No one, it seems, has a good word to say about the boss’s — often recent — spouse.

Judge Jim Kacian, founder of the Haiku Foundation, comments that she (and it is invariably she) is on the receiving end of all the usual clichés.

His clear favourite this week, written by Claire Leavey, does not exempt itself from this dependence on cliché, however, but rises above it through its use of multiple meanings — what is usually termed “resonance” in haiku:


too much mascara

false lashes, Louboutin heels;



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