Haibun Today

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

Bruce Ross
Bangor, Maine, USA


Deeper and Deeper

The loud tapping drew me to one of the trees in front of our old barn. I knew it was a woodpecker and half expected the dramatic-looking pileated woodpecker by the sound of it. In spring a male usually tapped on the inverted metal culvert, used for drying wood, to attract a mate. This spring a pileated male used one of the house gutters. The woodpecker went up and down the tree making tentative taps. I thought it was going for insects. At one point it kept tapping in some primal urgency. Now I realize it was building a nest.

April woodpecker
deeper and deeper
with each tap


The haiku was first published online in Maine—Penobscot Valley Audobon Chapter Poetry Page (Spring 2009).

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