Haibun Today

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

Linda Jeannette Ward
Coinjock, North Carolina, USA


Death Wish

The spills of life are running all over the place now, too many rivulets snaking away to mop up.

there all the time
like symphonies
in Beethoven’s brain
a river cracking through ice

At least I should make arrangements for what you should do with the deteriorated shell that has imprisoned me through the years.

as if shaken from their
careful arrangement
keepsakes from our love affair
tangled and knotted in chains

The clerk at the medical school who is in charge of donating one’s body to science emails me with instructions on filling out the paperwork.

komodo dragons
dismember a goat
beneath a viewing platform

Grey’s Anatomy—
they stitched Frankenstein
from the dead

After the dissection the parts will be returned to you to transform me into smoke, as if I ever belonged to this life or to you at all.

of axing my cadaver—
a harpist’s antiphony
stroking strings
over a mountain pass

“Death Wish” was published in Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose, Issue 2, Winter 2009.





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