Haibun Today

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

Stanley Pelter
Claypole, Lincolnshire, England


ceci n'est pas une haibune?

In Lochranza Bay the tide is out and Seals shape rocks

Swallowed by sun-probed hills briskly moving clouds are grey

Coiled adders hear and swiftly disappear inside dense fern

From a slow start a guillemot moves toward graceful flight

Long-eared bats radar trace ellipses

Oystercatchers swirl shrills towards the dusk of Catacol Bay

Yellow eyes of a goshawk stare as sweeping flight glides to earth

‘Many mountains and a myriad ravines converge . . .’1

Dawn assumes a guardian role

Later 4 bombs explode

Others will not

1 Songs of Old and Cherished Memory No 3 Tu Fu (T’ang Dynasty)

previously published in insideoutside (2008)






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