Haibun Today
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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 4, Number 2, June 2010


Cherie Hunter Day
San Diego, California, USA

 

Alchemy

Under today’s grey banner a rooftop crow catches the slang of late November. Sparse wording in the treetops—a few brown leaves tremble; a dry chuckle as a crow gets the gist. Just when I learned to trust green with all its urgency and profusion, I’m sent out on this foolish errand to tie up loose ends. Shadows are the raw materials in this alchemy; nothing is ever wasted. Only lightning is efficient enough to work the first time every time; powerful enough to fuse past and future, once and forever. Two crows nod in unison. Listen as the doors flung open last March close softly and latch behind us.

though deeply scarred
lightning didn’t kill this tree
the burn
running straight through
the heartwood

 


 

 

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