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


Rafal Zabratynski
Rzeszow, Poland

 

Déjà Vu

It was a usual day, somewhere in the middle of the week. The entrance door creaked as if saying: “Keep away from here!” The empty waiting room greeted me with the pleasant coolness of air conditioning. Everything seemed to be in its place—a round low table in the centre of the room, colourful out-of-date magazines and comfortable sofas. I stopped near one of the sofas, sat down and waited for the doctor’s invitation to the surgery, where my decayed aching tooth was to be treated. There was a calendar hanging on the wall, near the clock. Somehow a calendar in any waiting room shows pretty women. This one wasn’t an exception. Unfortunately, somebody forgot to tear a page out and it still hung in the previous month. The shrill sound of drilling was coming from behind the door of the treatment room. I consoled myself with the thought that my friend, who had recommended the dentist to me, was sure that exactly that dentist was the right person to solve my tooth problem. Out of boredom, I started thumbing through the nearest magazine but, more or less in the middle, I put it back in disgust. The sound of drilling stopped and the time of my appointment approached inexorably. I glanced at the clock on the wall and suddenly felt that I had seen all that before.

 

 


 

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