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


Helen E. Herr
Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada

 

Martha

With pinky finger curled, she balances her teacup between index and thumb. Martha studies black tea leaves. Some prairie people consider her an eccentric. When grocery shopping, she wears frilly clothes with matching broad-brimmed hat. The clickity-clack of three-inch heels matches her Irish-quick temper upon an unsuspecting clerk.

on sultry days
avoid kicking
dust

I see Martha in a different light. She comes to the aid of a new mom, takes her dirty dishes home and returns them, sparkling. Her plants respond to her chatter with abundant growth. She invites me to her home. Starched white linen tablecloths, matching serviettes rolled in silver rings, and Indian Tree china provide the formal setting for a turkey dinner.

after Thanksgiving
leftovers
alone

 

 


 

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