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



Cherie Hunter Day
Cupertino, California, USA

 

Drought

Cracks appear where the land needs water but it’s a diversion.  Leaves rattle and trees go gaunt.  Grasshoppers cash in their scant winnings and click like happy castanets. There’s no emergency here.  Temperatures climb.  Candles of fireweed smolder in a clearing and there’s tinder all around.  Clouds tease from the gray horizon.  They drag the weight but don’t deliver. Thunder offers its condolences.  At 6,000 feet snowmelt feeds the lake; it’s not deprived.  Thirst is the ultimate abstraction to the walleye.  River in this strong, clear light makes allowances and hums to itself.  Dust stirs then settles down gritty again.

my teenage son
only confides in me
when we hike
pebbles ricocheting
down the slope ahead of us

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