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



Cherie Hunter Day
Cupertino, California, USA

 

Gravity in Winter

snowflakes falling
each with its own
speck of dust

Buildings all around this city have laundry tethered to their facades.  Even on the coldest days bright tee-shirts hang from rusty hangers on the fire escapes.  Wooden clothespins grip a striped cotton shirt dress, a blue scarf, and a tattered pair of jeans.  We can patch the sky with these at different times of day.  The brightest buildings have brick facades.  Five floors up and tee-shirts, scarves, and jeans become prayer flags.  A pigeon perched on the fire escape wears its laundry on the outside.  That pearlescent cheek patch is the bright sheen of cold wrapped around a hanger.  This time of day is a blue scarf that never tatters.  

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