Haibun Today

A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Editor
Volume 5, Number 4, December 2011

Steven Carter
Tucson, Arizona, USA



One morning on the Montana ranch, my wife and father-in-law walk past me as I'm weeding the garden. They don't speak to each other or to me, and their eyes are fixed on the ground. A perfectly ordinary tableau on a perfectly ordinary summer day; and yet I drop my trowel and stare at them, for at that moment I feel a sudden visceral sense of the bond, the deep love, between father and daughter—far more powerful than if they'd exchanged affectionate words, which they never do.

It's not an impression—something stronger, as though a third presence walks beside them.

the four seasons—
in the tall weeds
anvil and hammer


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