Milestone Greeting Cards with #HaikuJim

By James W. Gaynor


Happy Birthday

The day you were born
a lot more than you happened.
Get over yourself.


a mountain of debt merits
some celebration.

New Job

Think of your new boss
like a kind of step-parent.
Possibly evil.

Wedding (Groom)

You have what it takes
to fool her most of the time.
Don’t mess it up.

Wedding (Bride)

Relax. He’ll never
know what really happened at
the bridal shower.

New Baby

Adorable, yes?
Just wait 13 years or so.
Better to know now.


It is challenging
to write a poem (long or short)
using “catheter.”


If you can read this
card, you’re ahead of the game.
Cheer up already.


Image:  Mince His Words


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James W. Gaynor, author of Everything Becomes a Poem (Nemeton Press), is a poet, artist, editor, and writer. A graduate of Kenyon College, he lived for years in Paris, where he taught a course on Emily Dickinson at the University of Paris, studied the development of the psychological novel in 17th century France, and worked as a translator.

After returning to New York, Gaynor worked as an editor at Grosset & Dunlap, Cuisine magazine, Scriptwriter News and Forbes Publications. His articles, book reviews, poems and essays have appeared in The New York Observer,, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine.

 As #HaikuJim, Gaynor publishes a daily haiku drawn from current newspaper headlines and is the creator of Can You Haiku? — a corporate communications workshop based on using 17th-Century Japanese poetry techniques to improve effective use of today’s digital platforms. Gaynor recently retired as the Global Verbal Identity Leader for Ernst & Young LLP.

A silver medalist in the 1994 Gay Games (Racewalking), Gaynor’s found-object sculpture has been exhibited internationally. He is a member of the Advisory Board of New York’s The Creative Center at University Settlement, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer and chronic illnesses.

Gaynor lives in New York City with his canine companion, Emily Dickinson Gaynor, and the cat who oversees their entwined lives, Gerard Manley Hopkins Gaynor.

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