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



Ken Jones
Aberystwyth, Wales

 

The Lost and the Found

Within earshot of the Atlantic breakers, this Hebridean graveyard. The headstones are as varied and scattered as the croft houses of the living. But in the far corner there stands a uniform granite line. A few bear names, nationalities, dates :

Birger Oest-Larsen
Danish Merchant Navy
Found
6 January 1942

As I walk west into the wind the inscriptions become simpler:

A SAILOR
of the 1939-1945 War
Royal Navy
Found
21 August 1940

Finally, only this:

FOUND
A SAILOR
November 1943

Known Only to God

Torn by the rocks then cast on the shore. 'Lost at sea' for those who knew him. Then found, but known only to God.

Blast from the sea
driving salt rain
through dry-stone walls

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