Haibun Today

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

Jane Williams
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


This kind of empty

The cockatoo cage at the far end of the botanical gardens has been empty for years. Due, reads the sign, to repeated vandalism. Gum leaves litter the concrete floor, stick in the wire mesh walls. Up twenty feet, suspended in a rusted iron bracket, part of a hollow tree trunk. A place for hiding, dreaming, perhaps strutting your stuff. What do parents tell their children about this kind of empty? About the broken, wide open door at the very top?

on the downhill run
arms flapping—as if . . .




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