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



Bob Lucky
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Talking to Myself (5)

My Spanish is rusty, the verb tenses stuck like old bolts and screws. I've been giving away my Spanish books, passing on the mystery of Borges. I kept the Mexican cookbook in Spanish; the verbs tell me what to do, simple commands. One day, if I have to, I'll be able to chop and stir my way through Oaxaca. The other day, I pulled a Hindi grammar book off the shelf and distracted myself with nuances, repeating "bananas are yellow" and "this banana is red" and "that (type of) banana is red" until I started craving banana fritters and wondering where I put my Goan cookbooks.

fallen leaves
the pile of books
I'm not sure I've read

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