Haibun Today

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

Dru Philippou
Taos, New Mexico, USA


Inner Realism

a circle with rays
as if all the children
the world over
have made a secret pact
to draw it the same way

Six-year-old Hannah looks over a rabbit in the centre of the sheet. It floats in space. Maybe it is jumping. Flowers in a row, all have v-shaped leaves and lollipop heads. In waxy oranges and reds, they sing in pools of sunshine. She draws herself no taller than the flowers and smaller than the rabbit. The large ball of her head is set on a stick figure. Next to her wobbly name, she adds a dot, then her crayon moves on and it becomes a wave.

is missing—she turns
the paper over
gives the rabbit
its other eye


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