Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 4, Number 1, March 2010

Ruth Franke
Emmendingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany


My Island

sudden gust of wind
the blue wild goose
twirls its wings

To be Nils Holgersson for once

Reed-thatched white houses with dark blue shutters, rose bushes by blue front doors, white ferries on a grey-blue sea, white sands where we wade the shallows.

iceberg clouds
melting and drifting
to nothingness

Sandy pine woods, fields of sunflowers around old windmills, green meadows behind dykes, a sea of yellow rape, marram grass blowing in the wind.

My island

a brief lull
the wings take back
their blue

1) Ruth Franke's haibun was translated from the German by David Cobb

2) It was first published in Lynx XXIV:2, June 2009

3) Nils Holgersson—the central figure of a novel by Selma Lagerlöf. A boy who takes a magical flight on the backs of wild geese.




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