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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 3, September 2018
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Mark Forrester
Hyattsville, Maryland, USA


Letting Go

The coarse rope of depression coiled about his body for as long as he could remember. It dug into his flesh, and his skin grew to cover it, until his flesh turned sinewy and cord-like.

Many years earlier, a young woman he loved had told him that she was leaving—leaving him, moving across the country, starting a new life on her own. They had been together so long that he no longer knew who he was—who he could be—without her.

Now the psychologist was telling him that she would like to begin tugging gently at the strands of his depression. The knuckles of his fists whitened.

painting calla lilies
her brush lingers
in the shadows


Note: Haiku originally published in Frogpond 37.1, Winter 2014; Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2018)

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