Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 4, Number 3, September 2010

Gary LeBel
Cumming, Georgia, USA

An Epistle to Mibu

The autumn
is especially lonely in a mountain home
for the cries of deer
forever wake me
from my dreams.

~ Mibu no Tadamine


Dear Mibu,

It’s sad the deer
keep you sleepless
through the night

but to me
you’re just complaining

for I would hear that sound
till any dawn should care

to turn its fresh pink face
on me

            and gladly

trade you
sirens screaming

for your temporary loss
of dreaming.


a poet

A world of dreams
or the one you work so hard to dress for
in the mirror—
tell me, how much more solid
are its lines?

After Mibu no Tadamine, c. 900 ME.

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